Unfortunately I did not get to go to last year’s annual general meeting, which was the royal jubilee, the 50th anniversary of Berkshire Hathaway. However, better late than never, right?
The annual shareholder’s meeting is usually held on a Saturday in Spring at the CenturyLink Centre in Omaha.
Here is my Berkshire Hathway Annual General Meeting Plan of Attack:
How to Get a Ticket
To get a ticket, it is best if you are a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder. It would be great if you were a class A shareholder, but if you don’t have $150,000 lying around, class B shareholders will have access to credentials. With the annual report, you will get a form to request up to four credentials (tickets) which will be mailed to you. There are also tickets for sale on eBay as well.
Get Credentials Mailed
When you get your credentials mailed, they should arrive in March just in time for your April/May visit to Omaha. You will need the credentials/tickets to get into Century Link and to be eligible for the discounts (shopping!) that weekend in addition to being able to access the weekend’s events.
If you don’t get your meeting credentials mailed, you will have to wait in another line at the Shareholder Services Kiosk at Centurylink. You will need photo ID and proof of ownership.
Arrive to CenturyLink Early
Doors to Centurylink open at 7am, but it’s best to arrive at 5:00am if you want to grab a seat in the lower bowl. The actual annual meeting is from 9:30am to 3:30pm.
Invest in Yourself 5km Run
On Sunday of the Shareholder’s weekend, there is an Invest in Yourself 5km race hosted by Brooks. You can pick up your running package on the Friday before 5pm. You get a finisher’s medal, a t-shirt, and a certificate for completing the race in Omaha.
Places to Check Out in Omaha
Of course, there are other things to do other than to to the Q&A session at the Shareholder’s meeting in Omaha. Like stalk all of Warren’s usual go-to places. This satisfies the stalker in me on multiple levels.
- Gorat’s Steakhouse– This is one of Warren’s usual places he goes. It is his favourite steakhouse, a quintessential part of the Warren Buffett pilgrimage. According to Business Insider: He likes the 22 oz T bone steak with a double side of hash browns. Their hours are:
Monday – Thursday | 11am – 9pm
Friday | 11am – 10pm
Saturday | 5pm – 10pm
Sunday | Closed
- Picolo Pete– This is another one of Warren’s favourite restaurants. According to CNBC, the Oracle of Omaha usually orders a veal parmesan or a chicken parmesan, prime rib, mostaciolli (pasta), and always finishes with a root beer float. Their hours of operation are:Mon-Thurs: Lunch 11:00-1:30
Dinner 5:00-9:00Friday: Lunch 11:00-1:30
Saturday: Dinner 4:30-10:00
Sunday: Dinner 4:00-8:00
- Warren Buffett’s House- I’m surprised the block isn’t fenced off during that weekend, but a pilgrimage to Omaha isn’t complete without checking out Warren’s humble abode. Here is what is looks like thanks to Forbes if you care not to visith is modest home.
- Berkshire Hathaway Office- For a in depth tour, check out this Business Insider office tour. Obviously the people who visit Omaha during the AGM will just be able to see the building.
- Old Market– Finally if you have additional time on your hands (even after shopping at the Centurylink centre), you can check out the rest of Omaha, in the Old Market business district for some sight seeing not related to Warren Buffett.
Readers, have you been to Omaha and the Berkshire Hathaway Annual General Meeting? Do you have any tips you would like to share?