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How We Started

Gary and Rachel have been married for over 24 years, and they have 2 kids, Grant (20) and Olivia (16). GMS Industrial Supply was started with the vision to provide excellent materials and services to the Department of Defense in 1998. With Gary and Rachel's keen ability to build relationships, a thriving woman-owned small business, GMS Industrial Supply, Inc. (, was off and running in 2001 in Virginia Beach, VA. GMS continued to grow rapidly and at a steady pace; past performance was excellent; therefore, contracts and NSNs were established.


GMS became known in the DOD not just on the East Coast, but it was clear that there was much need on the West Coast as well, so the Gorken's took a leap of faith and moved across the country from Virginia Beach to Coronado,  CA, in 2012. In January 2022, GMS Acquired American Patriot Sales and Services to continue to build and grow the portfolio for the Warfighters. Our family of businesses has continued to grow from just Gary and Rachel to over 140 employees all over the world representing GMS. Gary and Rachel give all the glory to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, without Whom they can do nothing. To them, everything and everyone is a blessing and a gift from God.

Gary is the leader, visionary, finisher, and detailer of the company. He relies on God daily to bring to light the things that need to be finalized and an awareness of the details that may be lacking or hidden in everyday operations.

Rachel comes alongside Gary, blessing him as his encourager and cheerleader in the daily operations, bringing things to light that are necessary for growth in the hearts of the people on the team. She spends her days walking with God, loving Him, loving and ministering to her family, and praying with and disciplining the amazing team of people she is surrounded by. Other things she enjoys include reading, writing (, and enjoying one-on-one time with sisters In is her most treasured gift. She also enjoys gathering people together, playing sports, or being on an adventure. Through the Amazing Power and Grace of God, "In Him, she lives and moves and has her being." Acts 17:2 

In 2019, Rachel was able to start up a non-profit organization, Live Love Foundation of Salvation, to provide for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those whom God has placed in her life. We believe God established GMS specifically for the ministry of LLFS, and the reason GMS continues to thrive is to take care of the least of these. A great portion of GMS proceeds goes to LLFS.

Our Mission Statement

We rely on Jesus Christ as our Cornerstone; He is The Foundation on which we stand as our strength and our shield. It is the mission of GMS Industrial Supply, Inc. to extend our line of environmentally friendly chemicals and industrial supplies in order to satisfy our customers' needs through a family based approach to a modern economy. We humbly serve Our Lord by providing the best customer service in the industry while striving to enhance our world and well-being. We value the resilience and dedication of our United States Military, as well as the channels utilized to best service these sectors.


GMS Values

  • God is Our Head, Our Owner, Our CEO

  • People are of utmost importance

  • Through growth and change in business, when tempted, tried or tested, seek The Lord

  • Negotiate persistently and gently with our vendors

  • Spirit of Humility

  • Spirit of Excellence

  • Receiving God's Grace

  • Think on things that are...good, noble, excellent, praiseworthy, pure

  • Love one another above all else because love covers a multitude of sins

  • Treat others the way you want to be treated (Considering others better than yourself)

  • Battle in Prayer against the right enemy (and it's not your team members or leaders) - the devil is lurking, prowling around, looking for someone to devour. God is our Shield, our Defender, our Refuge, and our Strength


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