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What to Expect at the 2017 BRK Shareholders Weekend

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

It is officially Berkshire Hathaway season here in Omaha!

Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend is approaching, and the excitement really kicks off when Warren Buffett outlines the weekend in his annual letter to shareholders. (It was just released an hour ago – You can read the letter here.)

Here is what you need to know for the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders weekend:
  • It is May 5, 6, and 7 in Omaha.
  • Yahoo Finance will live-stream the meeting again for those who cannot travel to Omaha. (Warren Buffett says 1.1 million viewers watched it live last year, with another 11.5 million replays. Most people thanked him, saying they were too old, too thrifty, or their religion kept them from attending in person).
  • Shopping at the CenturyLink Center on Friday and Saturday was HUGE, and it will again be open on Friday from noon to 5pm and Saturday from 6am to 5pm. I know our team at Borsheims has ordered extra items this year!
  • The official schedule of events is found here, but Mr. Buffett’s letter details a few more offerings, like the newspaper toss and what specific books you should purchase at the Bookworm’s booth.
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart will offer discounts in its Kansas City and Dallas area stores for the first time this year to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. Shareholders will still need to show proof of ownership to get the discount.
  • We love this special shout-out from Mr. Buffett’s daughter regarding Borsheims:
At Borsheims, we will again have two shareholder-only events. The first will be a cocktail reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 5th. The second, the main gala, will be held on Sunday, May 7th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, we will remain open until 6 p.m. Remember, the more you buy, the more you save (or so my daughter tells me when we visit the store)
We can’t wait for everyone to come see us, and we totally agree that the more you buy at Borsheims, the more you save! You can start your saving now by shopping online. We even have some of our 2017 Berkshire Hathaway gear ready to sell, including a whiskey set, a Montblanc pen with Warren’s signature, and dozens of other Berkshire Hathaway items.

Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter Coming Saturday

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Clear your calendar. Block off your Saturday. Get your reading glasses cleaned and at-the-ready.

Saturday morning, our esteemed Chairman Warren Buffett is expected to release his annual letter to shareholders. It’s full of details on how Berkshire Hathaway is performing, a general outlook on the world, funny anecdotes and one-liners, and information about this year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

In advance of the letter, Berkshire Hathaway already released a little news about the weekend, and it’s big news for our friends in Kansas City and Dallas.

For the first time, Nebraska Furniture Mart will offer the Berkshire Hathaway discounts at ALL their locations – not just the Omaha store.

The meeting will also be live streamed once again, allowing shareholders and non shareholders around the world to get a taste of the meeting.

But we all know that there is no substitute for being in Omaha and experiencing Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend firsthand. So book that trip and get ready. May 6th is approaching quickly.

Warren Buffett Helps Couple Get Engaged at Borsheims

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Warren Buffett helped a couple get engaged at Borsheims during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. Borsheims is proud to share in the special moments in our customers’ lives – and feels even more privileged when Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett can make those moments extra special!

Michael Dentlinger, who works for a Berkshire Hathaway company in Omaha, wrote to Mr. Buffett asking for his help in proposing to his girlfriend, Rachel Gogan. Mr. Buffett agreed and, a few weeks after Mr. Dentlinger purchased the engagement ring from Borsheims, Mr. Buffett pulled the ring out of his pocket and Mr. Dentlinger dropped to his knee and proposed.

You can download photos of the proposal here.

The engagement happened at the tail end of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend in Omaha. Thousands of shareholders visited Borsheims throughout the weekend, buying jewelry, watches, and gifts. They also watched as Mr. Buffett and Bill Gates played table tennis against Olympian Ariel Hsing and played bridge with bridge experts Bob Hamann and Sharon Osberg.

Borsheims is privileged to share in the special moments in our customers’ lives. We believe in treating this opportunity with the respect and importance it deserves. If you have any questions about Borsheims or the events at Borsheims during shareholder weekend, please contact:

Trisha Meuret: 402.658.0017, tmeuret1@gmail.com
Adrienne Fay: 402.391.0400, adriennefay@borsheims.com
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Watching the Berkshire Hathaway Meeting Online

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

If – for some crazy reason – you didn’t come to Omaha for this year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting…

Or if you just wanted to stay at home this morning and recover from the big Borsheims cocktail party last night…

Or if you’re shopping the CenturyLink Center’s Berkyville, eating a Dilly Bar, and waiting to buy your Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Coca Cola Tumbler…

Never Fear! You can watch this year’s annual shareholders meeting online at Yahoo Finance.

We met some of the crew from Yahoo earlier this week – they’ll have a story about Borsheims on before the shareholders meeting broadcast and during “halftime” (or lunch, as we call it).

We loved having the crew in store, including reporter Nicole Sinclair. I think she enjoyed it, too! Here she is with about $10 million in jewelry from Borsheims!

Nicole Sinclair Yahoo Finance

The live broadcast starts at 9am Central!

Mild Weather on Tap for Berkshire Shareholders

Monday, April 18th, 2016

I know it’s about two weeks away, but I’m a planner and when we have an event as big as Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend, you can bet I’m watching the weather.

And I realize Nebraska weather can be impossible to predict a day ahead of time, much less 14 days ahead of time.

But my old coworker at KETV, Chief Meteorologist Bill Randby, does a great job of forecasting and his 14-day-outlook that includes Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend looks pretty good!

KETV 14 day forecastWe’ll take mild with highs in the upper 60s. (It’s better than super hot or the year we had snow!) We could do without the chance of rain, but less than 50% seems okay for now.

And we will keep an eye on the weather as we get closer to Berkshire weekend. I’m sure Bill Randby and all the other wonderful local meteorologists will do their best to help us prepare for whatever the weather gods will throw at us!

Award-Winning Ring at Borsheims for Berkshire Hathaway Weekend

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

It will be no surprise to any shareholders who have visited Borsheims during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend in the past…

An award-winning ring will be in house, available for people to see, try on, and even buy at a special shareholder-only price!

Rahaminov Rose Ring

The ring is from one of our favorite vendors, Rahaminov Diamonds. The 2.3 carat natural fancy pink diamond at the center of the ring, the incredible diamonds surrounding it, and the overall beautiful design helped this ring to win the 2016 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award Grand Prize.

Each year, the Rahaminov Diamonds crew brings cases of incredible jewelry like this ring. They’re responsible for last year’s 50 carat yellow diamond (in honor of Berkshire Hathaway’s 50th anniversary celebration.)

Make sure to carve out some time in your busy Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend to stop by Borsheims luxury salon and see the award winning ring – and all the other fantastic jewelry – for yourself. We promise to give you a great shareholder discount!

The Wienermobile is Coming to #BRK2016!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Get excited, hot dog fans.

There’s going to be a Wienermobile at this year’s Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Weekend!

Oscar Meyer WienermobileHow great is that!?!

The Omaha World Herald’s Steve Jordon mentioned it in his weekly Warren Watch wrap-up, which is always a key place for news about Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

He notes:
Buffett’s favorite meal these days is an Oscar Mayer hot dog (by Kraft) with Heinz ketchup or mustard and a Coke.
Not sure we’ll be serving hot dogs at our Friday cocktail party or Sunday shareholder brunch at Borsheims. But you can believe we’ll have lots of Coke products. And I’m certain you can get your fill of hot dogs down at the CenturyLink Center on Saturday!

Get a Sneak Peek of the #BRK2016 Visitor’s Guide

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

We have a special treat for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders today. How about a sneak peek of the 2016 Visitor’s Guide!?!

Visitor's GuideWe’ve linked to it on the right hand side of this page.

Or you can just click here to see it, too.

If you don’t have time to peruse it now, I can tell you that it is very similar to guides from prior years. One thing did catch my eye… Fruit of the Loom may have outdone themselves this year. Check out their ad from the 2016 Visitor’s Guide. Happy reading!

Berky Boxers

 

What Warren Buffett says about Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Weekend

Saturday, February 27th, 2016
The big news about the 2016 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting was announced a few weeks ago – it will be webcast for the first time. In Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders – released today – he says:
“Charlie and I have finally decided to enter the 21st Century. Our annual meeting this year will be webcast worldwide in its entirety.”
This is huge news. Warren Buffett says they made the change because they’re hoping to keep attendance at the meeting the same or even slightly lower. We were at capacity last year – both in terms of the CenturyLink Center where the meeting was held and places for people to stay in the area.

Buffett’s other reason is age. Charlie Munger is 92. Warren is 85. They say shareholders should be able to see them occasionally to “monitor how we look and sound.”

The team at Yahoo will no doubt do an excellent job with the webcast. You can sign up for a reminder alert or watch it here.

I did note that in the schedule for the webcast – it will begin carrying coverage of the annual meeting at 9:30 CDT. That means those watching online will not get a chance to watch the phenomenally funny video that kicks off the meeting each year. Chalk that up as another great reason to come to Omaha to see the meeting in person.

Last year, Berkshire Hathaway offered shopping hours for the first time on Friday at the CenturyLink Center in Berkyville. It was a hit (we can attest! Our Borsheims booth was wonderfully busy!). The same shopping hours will be held this year – noon to 5 on Friday, April 29th and 7am – 4:30pm on Saturday, April 30th.

It looks like everything else at the meeting will look a lot like it has for several years now. When you have a great thing going – why change it?

We’ll still have the Borsheims Cocktail party to kick off the weekend on Friday, April 29th from 6 to 9pm.

Saturday, April 30th, the doors to the CenturyLink Center will open at 7am. The movie will start at 8:30 and the meeting will begin at 9:30. Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger will again take questions both from the audience and from the panel of financial journalists. The meeting will wrap up about 4:30 – in plenty of time for people to get to the picnic at Nebraska Furniture Mart from 5:30 – 8pm or do any other number of fun things around Omaha.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett concede their table tennis match to Olympian Ariel Hsing during the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders weekend.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett concede their table tennis match to Olympian Ariel Hsing during the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders weekend.

Sunday, May 1st, the Brooks Berkshire 5K will start at 8am. Then head on over to Borsheims for the shareholder only shopping day from 9am – 4pm. At Borsheims, expect the magician, the bridge experts, and table tennis champ Ariel Hsing.

The weekend wraps up Sunday evening with dinner at Gorat’s. It’s tough to get a seat – so they start taking reservations on April 1st. (We’ll remind you as it gets closer – don’t worry!). Warren Buffett’s other favorite restaurant, Piccolo’s, closed this past year.

That’s it! So really the only change at this year’s annual shareholders meeting and weekend is one that won’t even be noticeable to the shareholders who come to Omaha for the fun – the addition of the webcast.

We can’t wait! We look forward to seeing you soon!

“The Letter” from Warren Buffett is Here!

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

The letter is out! The letter is out!

Read the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letter (released in 2016 – it covers the prior year) here.

We’ll be back in a bit with a recap of what changes the letter spells out for our shareholders weekend.

Happy reading!