Basically, at this point, it's a connectivity problem. something is not allowing the link up between your machine and the gmail server. Some google searches seem to point to the port... that you might not have the correct port.
Since you're using SSL, it should be 465. The username should be your full gmail address including the @gmail.com
I have tried to use the entire email address (email@example.com) with port 465. That did not make any difference. I read that with gmail I need to use SSL, is that true?
I asked my manager if any of the ports in question are blocked, he was not sure. I need to talk to the network guys to make sure they are not blocked.
If you have any other solutions, I would love to hear it.
Once again, I really appreciate your time and effort trying to help me! Thank you!