John Gabbert has served on the board of trustees for Santa Barbara Botanic Garden since 2011 and serves on both the Horticulture and Facilities and Marketing and Communications committees. Gabbert founded Room & Board in 1980, a home furnishings retailer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Room & Board operates 20 stores in 11 states plus 13 delivery/distribution centers around the country. Most Room & Board products are manufactured in America. The company partners with small, family-owned businesses across the country to produce its modern living, dining, bedroom, kids, office, and outdoor furniture and home decor. Gabbert is currently the CEO. He lives in Los Angeles and has two daughters and four grandchildren.