Posts Tagged ‘Shareholder’s Weekend’

Watch the Becoming Warren Buffett Documentary on Eve of Berkshire Weekend

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

This is an exciting opportunity for those Berkshire Hathaway shareholder traveling to Omaha early.

Our wonderful nonprofit local theater is showing a special screening of the excellent documentary Becoming Warren Buffett.

Becoming Warren Buffett Doc showing

You will need advance tickets to attend the showing at 7pm on Thursday, May 4th.

Tickets are on sale starting TODAY (April 6) by clicking here or visiting www.filmstreams.org/film/warren.

We have talked before on this site about how much we love this documentary. It’s a great insight into Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, and even if you’re not a Berkshire groupie, it’s a moving portrait of a human. We can’t recommend it enough!

Today is the day: Call Gorat’s!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

If you want in on one of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders favorite Omaha traditions, make sure to call today and reserve your table at Gorat’s for dinner during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.A photo of the exterior of Gorat's steakhouse

Here’s what Warren Buffett says about the event:
One of Warren’s favorite steakhouses will open Sunday for a private shareholder event. Dinner will be served from 1-10pm. To get a reservation, call 402/551-3733 starting on April 3 (but not before). If Gorat’s happens to be booked on Sunday, try them on any other evening you are in town. They are open Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday 11am – 10pm and Saturday from 5 – 10pm. Reservations are suggested and can be made any time for Thursday, Friday or Saturday of the shareholders weekend.
We have never been able to attend the Sunday event at Gorat’s (we’re still wrapping up our Sunday fun at Borsheims at that time), but we’ve eaten at Gorat’s a number of times. It’s great – and sitting a table or two away from Warren Buffett is the cherry on the cake (or the cherry in your root beer float, if that’s more your style).

But call soon – the tables fill up quickly!

Our Favorite Lines from Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Warren Buffett’s annual must-read letter to shareholders was released this weekend.

I consider it a mini-course in investing, with a strong side of humor – mentioning topics like colonoscopies, the Old Testament, and stockyards.

You can read it here.

But here are a few of my favorite Buffett-isms from this year’s missive. They’re all direct quotes from the letter:

 
  • Every decade or so, dark clouds will fill the economic skies, and they will briefly rain gold. When downpours of that sort occur, it’s imperative that we rush outdoors carrying washtubs, not teaspoons. And that we will do.
  • I’ll repeat what I’ve both said in the past and expect to say in future years: Babies born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.
  • My suggestion: Before even discussing repurchases, a CEO and his or her Board should stand, join hands and in unison declare, “What is smart at one price is stupid at another.”
  • If there were ever to be another Ajit and you could swap me for him, don’t hesitate. Make the trade!
  • As Charlie says, it’s great to have a manager with a 160 IQ – unless he thinks it’s 180.
  • We like to make hay while the sun sets, knowing that it will surely rise again.
  • When it comes to wind energy, Iowa is the Saudi Arabia of America.
  • In a couple of instances, I stumbled in assessing either the fidelity or ability of incumbent managers or ones I later put in place. I will commit more errors; you can count on that. Fortunately, Charlie – never bashful – is around to say “no” to my worst ideas.
  • Be aware, though, that it’s the growth of the Berkshire forest that counts. It would be foolish to focus over-intently on any single tree.
  • It is true that we own some stocks that I have no intention of selling for as far as the eye can see (and we’re talking 20/20 vision).
  • What is easy with millions, struggles with billions (sob!)

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.

Sunday Funday at Borsheims

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Sunday is such a fun day at Borsheims. It’s really my favorite day of Berkshire shareholders weekend. It’s a little more relaxed than the rest, and we have all these fun games happening in Regency Court – right outside of Borsheims.

Back by popular demand… my helpful hints to playing the games today:

 

BRIDGE Bridge is again upstairs this year on the second floor of Regency Court. Anyone is welcome to play as long as they know how to play bridge. It helps if you already have your foursome put together, but if you’re solo come upstairs and sign up and we’ll try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. We will have the sign-up sheet ready at noon and if you definitely want a seat, that’s when you should arrive. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm. In his letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett says he will play them and hopes to “have Ajit and Charlie there also.”

Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

Olympian Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in Table Tennis at the 2012 Shareholders Meeting

TABLE TENNIS Mr. Buffett asked Ariel Hsing, Olympic Table Tennis star, back to Borsheims for another shareholders weekend! We are expecting her to start playing around 1pm. Shareholders can form a queue to try their table tennis skills against the young champ. We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to your own paddle, you are welcome to bring it. Ms. Hsing usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you’re welcome to try! We expect Mr. Buffett and Bill Gates to lead off the play with her.

MAGICIAN Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he’s performing. He is usually located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you’re hoping to catch his show.

Hope you can join us for the fun!

Behind the Scenes: Opening Borsheims for Shareholders

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

It takes a lot of work to open Borsheims for shareholders each day during Berkshire Hathaway weekend.

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Our vendors bring in cases of extra jewelry and watches – and we have to fill our cases each morning.

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Our florist always brings in beautiful floral arrangements for the weekend. Each morning they makes sure the flowers are looking great!

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Our facilities team works so hard making sure the store sparkles – even with thousands of people coming through every day.

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And our sales people – besides getting the jewelry ready – help to make sure the cases are nice and smudge-free.
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When the clock strikes 10am, the amazing security team opens the gates and lets the crowds in.

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Welcome to Borsheims, shareholders! We’re glad to have you here – and glad to do the work it takes to make your weekend great!

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!

Getting to Borsheims for Friday’s #BRK2016 Cocktail Party

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

We heard there was a bit of a line last year waiting for the shuttle to take folks from the Westroads Mall parking lot to Borsheims for Friday’s Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder-only cocktail party. As in a line several city blocks long. Thankfully, we heard it moved relatively quickly, but we don’t want there to be a similar line this year.

So we’ve made a few changes.

We’ve added shuttles.

We’ve changed the routes a bit.

And we’ve added a parking lot attendant to help shareholders navigate their way to our big Friday night party.

Westroads Shuttle Map

Follow the map, the signs (and probably – the crowds). If you’re not arriving by Taxi or Uber, shuttle is probably the best way to get to Borsheims as parking will be very limited around the store.

And if you do want to take an Uber – have we got a deal for you! The great folks at Uber want to make your Berkshire Hathaway weekend even easier, so they’re offering free rides to those new to Uber. Here’s what they say:
Get a reliable ride in minutes with the Uber app this weekend. If you’re new to Uber, download the app here, and get $20 off your first ride. Already have the app and haven’t taken a ride yet? Enter the code BRK2016 for the same new user discount!  Uber provides transportation at the tap of a button in over 400 cities across the globe. For over 2 years, Uber has provided rides in Omaha and Lincoln. To learn more about Uber around the world, check out uber.com/cities.
See – no excuses for not making it to the best party of the weekend. Free Uber rides and a new and improved shuttle. We will see you all tomorrow night!

Security Changes for Berkshire Shareholders

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Heads up for all the shareholders visiting Borsheims Friday and Sunday for the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend: We have new security procedures in place.

Borsheims has a top-notch security team that is always working to ensure our customers, employees, and shareholders are safe. They implement new security procedures each year. This year’s changes will be a little more visible.

We will have metal detectors at all entrances to Regency Court. They will be in operation all day Friday and all day Sunday.

These are the simple walk-through type of metal detectors, designed to ensure that no one is bringing a weapon into the event.

In addition, our security staff will be checking bags and purses and we will have an area for shareholders to set aside their luggage – it will not be allowed in the store.

These security checks should be pretty easy for shareholders to maneuver. They’re the same security checks people go through to access a number of events, including concerts, sporting events, and to enter the courthouse here in Omaha. We’re sure the shareholders will appreciate our team going the extra mile to ensure everyone’s safety.