Buy Commemorative Pins at the 2012 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting

May 1, 2012

It’s that time of year again! Business Wire is again headed to the Annual Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting in Omaha. As always, we’ll be selling a great item at our booth to support a great cause. This year, we’re selling commemorative Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting pins. Check them out:

Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting Commemorative Pins. Ooooh, shiny. :)

Pins will sell for $3 each, or 2 pins for $5, and all proceeds will once again benefit CASA of Douglas County, Neb. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a charitable organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children within the court system.

So if you’re at the show, stop by our booth & say “Hello”, buy a pin and support a great cause!


April in Omaha: My Invitation to 2011 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

May 6, 2011
by Deb Subia, Editorial Process Development Manager, Business Wire

Deb Subia


A dozen lucky Business Wire employees from several U.S. bureaus and London joined CEO Cathy Baron Tamraz in Omaha for the 2011 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting.  I was thrilled to be one of them.

Never having been, I was anxious to attend the meeting – okay, experience the EVENT – I had heard and read so much about over the years. I had heard so much of the “Berkshire Buzz” and the celebratory nature of the event!

Business Wire has long been known as a company with a family atmosphere.  I had the sense being around other Berkshire Hathaway companies that I was part of an even bigger family.

Selling show-themed passport booklets that included “smashed” pennies with images of Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, the Annual Meeting date, and Business Wire’s 50thAnniversary crest to raise money for a local youth charity, CASA for Douglas County, Nebraska, was quite an experience.  It’s not every day you hear a co-worker say, “You want to get Warren’s head smashed on a penny?” Thanks to generous attendees, Business Wire sold out of passport booklets, raising more than $5,500 for CASA, all while having a lot of laughs and meeting some great people.

Cathy Baron Tamraz, Warren Buffett and Business Wire CTO Steve Messick operating the penny press

I was surprised at the diversity of the shareholders and delighted with the young investors-to-be who came by our booth.  One told me it was his first time attending and he was “so excited and overwhelmed and wanting to take everything in at the same time.”  I think he summarized the way many first-timers felt. Certainly learning early about ethics and patience in investing will leave a lasting impression.

The piece of advice I’ll most remember came from Charlie Munger and was about not making important decisions in anger: “You can always tell a man to go to hell tomorrow.”

I was impressed with Buffett’s smile, busy schedule and ability to handle questions hour after hour.  Coupled with the fact that he’s 80 years old, it is mind-boggling.  I’m  seriously considering adding a steady stream of Coke and See’s Candies to my diet.

The Business Wire 2011 Berkshire Hathaway Meeting booth crew

Overall, what I most took away surprised me. It was more universal than investment advice: passion for what you do, the desire to learn more all the time, the importance of becoming a better communicator, patience.  Buffett, at the core, is a teacher as well as an investor.

See more photos from the 2011 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder’s Meeting at our Facebook page.


Get Your Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting Souvenir Pennies and Passports!

May 3, 2011

We’re just back from Omaha and the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting. It was Business Wire’s  fifth meeting as a Berkshire Hathaway company and each year seems to get better and better.

It’s safe to say that the souvenir pennies we brought to the show, run through our exclusive penny press machine, were a runaway smash hit at this year’s meeting, where we sold more than 200 sets of four commemorative coins in souvenir passport holders. (This year’s meeting theme? Planes, trains and automobiles!) We raised money for a very important charity, CASA of Douglas County, Nebraska, an organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children within the court system.

If you were unable to attend the event, or otherwise would like to buy a set, you’re in luck! Send us your $5 CASA donation in the mail and in return, you’ll get a set of all four smashed pennies in a souvenir passport holder. To order, email BHMeeting@businesswire.com and let us know how many sets you want and where we should send them to, and then put a check (made payable to: CASA) in the mail to:

ATTN: BH COINS
Business Wire
12121 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90025


Pennies From Omaha

April 28, 2010

It’s nearly that time again:  The 2010 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting is this coming Saturday, May 1.  I will be attending this year’s meeting, along with nine other Business Wire people including our CEO, Cathy Baron Tamraz.  And once more, Business Wire is providing a fun item for other attendees to pick up and help support a good cause.

This year, visitors to Omaha can visit Business Wire and spend a dollar to smash a penny! Our specially designed penny press will allow you to create a souvenir penny with any of four fun designs, including images of Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger.  Each souvenir penny, which will include a commemorative folder, will cost $1.  All proceeds will once again benefit CASA of Douglas County, Neb. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a charitable organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children within the court system.

So come to our booth and spend $1, $2 or even $4 to smash four pennies and support a great cause.  While you’re there, say hello to our staff and find out more about how Business Wire continues to lead the industry in making the humble press release a crucial communications tool.

Read the entire press release on these fun souvenirs here.  I’ll also be tweeting from the event under Business Wire’s handle; you can follow at http://twitter.com/BusinessWire.  I, and everyone here at Business Wire, look forward to seeing you there!


Buffett Comes Alive!

March 19, 2010

Anyone who has ever heard Warren Buffett, CEO of our corporate parent Berkshire Hathaway,  speak in interviews knows that he’s got a terrific sense of humor.  Recently he took it to a whole new level in a video produced by BH-owned Geico, which was shown at Geico’s annual employee meeting this past February.  In this musical extravaganza, Buffett . . . well, see for yourself:

Several media outlets have taken note of the video, but I have to call out Ryan McCarthy at The Huffington Post, who remarks ” . . . Buffett also sings — and surprisingly successfully.”  If you’ve ever seen Warren Buffett pull out a ukulele and spontaneously serenade your company’s CEO at a company sales meeting, as I have, you wouldn’t be surprised at all.

The Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder’s Meeting is coming up soon, on May 1 of this year, and of course Business Wire will be there, with one of our unique collectible items as in past years.  Keep checking back here — or subscribe to our RSS feed — for news on the BH meeting and more.


Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting Trading Cards Still Available for Charity

May 4, 2008

Berkshire Hathaway Trading Cards for Charity

Just back from Omaha and the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting. It was Business Wire’s third meeting as a Berkshire Hathaway company and each year seems to get better and better.

In addition to getting to talk with so many Berkshire shareholders, this year we created a set of limited edition trading cards that we sold to raise money for a very important charity, CASA of Douglas County, Nebraska, an organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children within the court system.

The cards (six different ones) feature photos of Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger and BW’s Cathy Baron Tamraz, along with quotes from each. We’re proud to say that so far we’ve raised $5,000 for the cause. We do have a few more sets available that you can order if you weren’t able to get to Omaha.

To order your set, please send a $10 check for each set to Business Wire (it’s fully tax-deductible – we’ll send you a receipt) with a self-addressed stamped return envelope to:

Business Wire

c/o Trading Cards for CASA

4100 Newport Place, Suite 530

Newport Beach, CA 92660

(Add: Business Wire CEO Cathy Baron Tamraz was interviewed on Fox Business News this morning talking about the cards, A-Rod and CASA)


Raising Money for Children – BW Booth at the 08 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting

April 28, 2008
Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting - Business Wire Fundraiser for CASA
At this year’s Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting, Business Wire has put together a series of six commemorative trading cards featuring quotes and photos of Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger and Cathy Baron Tamraz as well as “stats” on Business Wire. The cards are dated to mark this year’s BH shareholders meeting on May 3, 2008.

With these cards, we’re raising money for CASA of Douglas County, Nebraska. CASA of Douglas County, NECASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a charitable organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children within the court system. So if you’re in Omaha on Saturday at the Shareholders Meeting, please stop by the Business Wire booth and make a $10 donation for this worthy cause. If you’d like to donate to CASA directly, contact them online.

We have a limited number of these cards, so they are available only at our booth at this time and on a first-come basis.


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