Dr. Warren Gabaree

For the past 15 years, Dr. Warren Gabaree has maintained a private dental practice in Santa Maria while teaching part-time, at Allan Hancock College.

As an avid community organizer, Gabaree was the founding organizer Community Watch 2010 and is director of “Serving the Servant.” The latter program supports Santa Maria’s first responders. He is also part of the leadership team of “Serve Santa Maria,” a faith-based community initiative established to work with the City of Santa Maria.

Gabaree will be the keynote speaker for the Santa Maria Merchants Association meeting at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 20. The meeting will be held at MIYB Spaces, 429 E. Main St.

Also speaking that morning will be Ed Carcarey from Mega 97.1 about the upcoming 2015 Business Expo. His topic will be how to get the most ROI from your Business Expo booth.

The monthly merchant spotlight will feature Sheri Jordan and East Chapel Car Wash.

Coffee and pastries will be served. Please RSVP to anne@miybspaces.com or call (805) 623-8434, so organizers can plan accordingly.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their business cards for a drawing to award a surprise gift and the chance to make a 2-minute business pitch.