Friday Features - May 19, 2017

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Friday Features
May 19, 2017
Students at Berkshire Hathaway

Students attend Berkshire-Hathaway meeting

On May 6, Dr. Lucie Kadjo, University of Wisconsin-Platteville assistant professor of agribusiness, and four students participated in the Berkshire-Hathaway event in Omaha, Nebraska. The annual meeting brings in more than 40,000 people from 55 different countries.

The Berkshire-Hathaway event is an annual shareholder meeting that discusses the Berkshire company, markets, economy and corporate governance. Attendees were able to witness Warren Buffet, chairman and CEO of the Berkshire-Hathaway company, and Charlie Munger, vice chairman, give their views on the topics as well. Bill Gates and additional businesspeople were in attendance as well.

“The opportunity to attend the meeting exposed me to business information that I would never have been able to obtain in a classroom setting,” Brianna Marcue, a crop and soil science and agribusiness major from Lancaster, Wisconsin, said.

Additional students who attended the event include Elizabeth Martino, an animal science major from Janesville, Wisconsin; Nathan Solveldt, an agribusiness major from Seymour, Wisconsin; and Eli Schutz, an agribusiness major from Miles, Iowa.

“The meeting consistently discussed topics that we have touched on in my Financial Accounting course that I am in this semester,” Solveldt said. “The meeting gave me a better understanding of what I was learning with real-life situations.”

“By implementing the various business techniques that I have learned by attending this event, I believe that I am more aware of the positive impacts that investing in stocks can have on a person’s financial assets,” Martino said.

Berkshire-Hathaway Inc. is a multinational conglomerate holding company that holds more than 20 companies including GEICO, Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom, Helzberg Diamonds and more.

“Going to the Berkshire-Hathaway shareholder meeting was an incredible opportunity that I am grateful for,” Schutz said. The event itself is almost a culture of excitement, business and opportunity.” Students not only learned about the companies that Berkshire-Hathaway holds, but they also enjoyed taking a tour at Buffet’s house, a furniture mart and old market, Kadjo added.

UW-Platteville participation in this event was funded in part by the Glenn Webb Education Fund/GROWMARK Foundation.

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