This post is guest-authored by Aaron Azelton, FTMBA 2012 and co-president of the Haas Investment Club.
On March 11th, 2011, a group of 20 Berkeley-Haas MBA students from the Investment Club made the trek over to Omaha, NE, to meet the legendary investor Warren Buffett. Every year for the last several years, Warren Buffett has invited groups of MBA programs to Omaha to participate in tours of Berkshire Hathaway portfolio companies, a two hour Q&A session, and a lunch with Mr. Buffett. This year, we were invited to join 120 other MBA students from around the country to visit with the Oracle of Omaha in an unforgettable life experience.
The two hour Q&A session with Mr. Buffett was the highlight of the trip. We rotated through each school asking questions about all kinds of topics spanning politics, business, and career. Not only was Mr. Buffett incredibly insightful, inspiring, and passionate, but also tremendously humorous and humble. For career advice, Mr. Buffett suggested we find whatever it is that makes us most happy and to not let money factor into our decision. He recounted accepting one of his first job offers with his hero Benjamin Graham, moving to New York, and only then finding out what the position paid. He says he “tap dances to work” every morning and that we should aspire to find careers in which we can do the same.
Following the Q&A session, Mr. Buffett treated the entire 140 person group to lunch at one of his favorite restaurants in Omaha, Piccolo Pete’s. Afterwards, Mr. Buffett took a personal photo with every MBA student on the trip. While at first most people took serious photos, we began to notice Mr. Buffett taking increasingly humorous shots. For the next hour, the place erupted in laughter as Mr. Buffett got students in headlocks, proposed on one knee to lucky gals, and took other shots which gave students unforgettable memories. This just goes to show what kind of incredibly down to earth, gracious and wonderful man Mr. Buffett is.
Thank you, Mr. Buffett. You are an inspiration and incredible example for all. We will never forget this incredible experience.