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Chamber’s ‘Wake up Paso’ returns on March 17 

After years of being dormant, the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce is bringing Wake Up Paso back. On March 17, the chamber will present the first 2015 Wake Up Paso breakfast and program at the Paso Robles Culinary Academy. Starting at 7:30 a.m., the event offers time to network and enjoy breakfast before launching into a fast-paced program of thought-provoking, educational and sometimes controversial topics.

WAKE UP PASO“The Paso Robles Chamber Wake-up Paso will provide thought-provoking information ripped from the headlines as well as a look to our membership and community for information that impacts your business,” says Sunni Mullinax, president and CEO of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce. “This quarterly series can best be described as 60 Minutes meets the Today Show meets TMZ. Couple this with an opportunity to connect with local businesses, limited seating, and a full breakfast prepared by the talented students and teachers of the Culinary Academy, and wake-up Paso is certain to be a sold-out event!” 

Wake Up Paso will feature a fast 10-minute segment on drones (or “unmanned air systems”) presented by John Purvis, who was President and CEO of San Luis Obispo-based AME Unmanned Air Systems prior to its acquisition by Lockheed Marin. Today, Purvis is the site Director of LM Unmanned Integrated Systems, which has delivered over 2300 small and tactical unmanned aircraft over the past decade. Purvis will talk about the many uses of drones by business, the military, and individuals today; and what he foresees in the future for this technology that has some applauding, and others expressing concern.

The second 10 minute segment will feature Pam Avila, Director of the Economic Development Division at the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, who will walk the attendees through the realities of Paso’s shrinking middle class and the potential impact on our important quality of life.

The third fast 10-minute segment will feature Brett Butterfield, owner and creator of the Ravine Water Park. Butterfield, a successful local entrepreneur, will share turning his vision for a Disney-quality experience into a successful business and the challenges of finding, hiring and training a workforce to meet the demanding standards he has set to ensure a family-friendly, fun environment at “the Ravine”.

Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members (breakfast included). Register online at Registration deadline is March 12th at 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Chamber Office at (805) 238-0506.

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