March 6, 2009

MBA students receive warm reception from Warren Buffett


Despite the dismal economic climate, business leader and philanthropist Warren Buffett was upbeat and expressed his optimism to a group of Fisher students and MBA candidates from five other business schools who met with him at his company headquarters in Omaha, Neb. on Feb. 20. For the second year in row, Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., hosted students from Fisher's MBA program for a tour, lunch and a question and answer session. The 27 Fisher students joined MBA students from Duke, Tennessee State, Northern Arizona, Brigham Young and New York universities for the meeting.

To express their appreciation to Buffett for hosting the meeting,  Fisher students presented him with his caricature posing in the O-H-I-O cheer with students in Ohio Stadium. The caricature was created by local artist Kory Hubbell.

Three students who had an opportunity to spend time with Buffett up close and personal during the trip shared what they will remember most about their meeting with Fisher News.

Vandana Agrawal rode with Buffett from the company's boardroom to the restaurant:
"I grabbed shotgun, yes! When I met him, I thanked him for this opportunity, as we all did. He talked to us about his kids and then went on to ask each of us about our backgrounds and what we want to do long-term."

Margaret Meyer sat at Buffett's table during lunch:
 "Mr. Buffett was very funny and light hearted.  He answered various questions about time management, meeting his first wife, and playing the ukulele as a way to attract girls. While Mr. Buffett is known as the world's most famous investor, the thing that I will most remember about meeting Mr. Buffett is his sense of humor and his ability to make fun of himself."

Kevin Stephan sat next to Buffett at lunch:
"My experience with Mr. Buffett was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.  His brilliance goes without saying.  However, it is his incredible sense of humor and genuine interest in spending time with students that I will remember most.  He made everyone at the table feel extremely comfortable through very casual conversations.  We discussed his first meeting with Bill Gates, his jump ball with Lebron James and his interest in college football. We capped the meal off with a root beer float, of course.  When I asked Mr. Buffett why his root beer float was bigger than the rest of ours, he laughed and responded with, "I am the Poppa-Bear."