Berkshire Hathaway Inc., owned by Warren Buffett, will hold its annual partner meeting in person this Saturday for the first time since the outbreak.But it is likely to be dubbed extravagantly “Wood for Bosses” There are fewer people and actions are reduced.
Buffett, 91, president and CEO of Berkshire, and Charlie Munger, 98, vice president, will be asking questions from shareholders for about five hours during the meeting. Omaha, Nebraska (USA).
Stakeholders are likely to resolve such issues Recent investments, share repurchases, rising inflation and supply chain disruptions and whether anyone other than Buffett should be the head of the company.
Next to them will be vice presidents Greg AbelBuffett’s appointed successor as CEO, and Ajith Jain.
Many stakeholders, however, attend more than the crowd.
Events held over three days in the city a 5K Run, CHI Health Center Acquisition of shareholders in dozens of Berkshire-owned companies in OmahaMeeting venue and several private investment conferences.
“It sells as fast as a cash register ring,” said Philip Black, co-owner of Bookworm, the only non-Berkshire business to sell at the stadium. I confirm that Weekend sales in previous years exceeded $ 100,000. “You’re happy when it’s over, so you can relax a bit.”
However, stakeholders will notice changes that go beyond the need for proof of the Govt-19 vaccine to attend events.
Berkshire expects arrival More than 40,000 were “significantly fewer”, many of whom were from abroad, as was the custom at recent meetings. Meeting 2019, given the last face-to-face meeting before the epidemic $ 21.3 million to Omaha’s economy.
Henry H. in Pittsburgh. James Armstrong, president of Armstrong Associates, said: “I was directly involved for 25 years before the epidemic. “But I’m not going to travel. I’m not going to fly much anymore. “
Occupancy rates for the 15,608 Omaha-area hotel rooms measured by data company STR Inc may not be the usual 90% to 95%, with more rooms at lower prices attracting late travelers.
Porschems will not set up its well-known outdoor tent The mall, which owns Berkshire-owned jewelry, will have live entertainment and a buffet, though cocktails.
And one of the partners’ preferences, The newspaper prize that showcased the talents Buffett once used as a paper boy was canceled.
Armstrong, like many others, plans to watch the meeting online at cnbc.com. In 2016 Berkshire first broadcast meetings on the Internet.
However, the weekend should be included Millions of dollars to Berkshire’s treasury.
Partners can purchase a pontoon boat from Berkshire’s Forest River unit and was designed by “Margaritaville” singer Jimmy Buffett (no connection).
Thrift shoppers can again spend $ 5 on Oriental trading for rubber ducks from Buffett and Munger. And those who are not on a diet can eat 9,564 kg of peanut butter and other foods that come with cheese candies.
Deborah Ward, managing director of Visit Omaha, said “The city lost energy” when Berkshire transformed its 2020 and 2021 partner meetings into a virtual one..
“It would be nice to get that energy back”, He said. “The partnership with Berkshire greatly helps the Omaha brand. Warren Buffett can live anywhere in the world. He chooses to live here. “
David Brown, who will retire next week after 19 years as chairman of the Greater Omaha Chamber, said many companies are not affiliated with Berkshire schedule events over the weekend.
“Berkshire is our annual Super Bowl business,” he said. “That means bars, restaurants and shops are full. You can see the motivation it gives. “
Marta Keller, general manager of Downtown M’s Pub, said some Berkshire customers book up to a year in advance. M’s creates a special menu for them.
“The ribs will be a beef tenderloin. Everyone says Nebraska is a meat city, ”Keller said. “We keep it simple, but we try to be creative because the food has become too expensive.”
In the bookworm, all books have Buffett’s seal of approval.
New this year is Nancy Rips’ updated book “My New Berkshire ABC” For children (A is for Apple, a big Berkshire investment) and a book Berkshire’s evolution from the textile factory that Buffett closed in 1985Twenty years after taking charge.
“Mr. Buffett wants to educate partners.”Said Black. “It shows that you’re not really good and redistributed with high productivity.”
Borsheims CEO Karen Goracke noted that the jeweler sells during the week and during the holidays. He and other CEOs of Berkshire companies will dine together again this weekend.
“I saw Warren a week ago,” Korake said this week. “He’s very excited and happy to meet you again. He wants to do it. It fills you with energy.”.
(With Reuters information)