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Sources: Scott Hendrix, 785-532-4365,;
and Olivia Blanco, 785-532-2753,

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


MANHATTAN -- When it comes to finding out what it takes to succeed in business, Kansas State University students are getting the chance to learn from one of the best: Warren Buffett.

Several members of K-State's Student Finance Association will meet with the billionaire investor Friday, April 1, in Omaha, Neb.

The day starts with a tour of the Nebraska Furniture Mart led by a top executive of the company. The business is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate holding company of which Buffett is CEO and chairman. Students then will have a two-hour Q-and-A session with the business magnate, who also will treat them to a lunch of steaks and root beer floats. The day will wrap up with a Q-and-A tour of Borsheim's Fine Jewelry, another Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, with CEO Susan Jacques.

K-State students meeting with Buffett and other Berkshire Hathaway executives include:

Jordan Paolucci, junior in management, Atchison; Ryan Quinn, senior in business administration and fine arts, Bucyrus; Heath Bieker, senior in finance, Colby; Justin Findlay, senior in finance, Dodge City.

From Greater Kansas City: Paul Prather, senior in finance and accounting, Kansas City, Mo.; Kyle Landau, senior in accounting, finance and marketing, Leawood; and Eric Haun, freshman in pre-professional business administration, Shawnee.

Haley Kuntz, sophomore in finance, Salina; and Kate Cearley, senior in finance, Sublette.

From out of country:

From China: Anzhi Chen, senior in finance and accounting; Yiwen Chen, junior in accounting; Xiaohuan Li, junior in finance; Jinchao Lu, junior in finance; Yang Song, graduate student in business administration; An Tao, senior in finance and accounting; Jun Xue, sophomore in pre-professional business administration; and Mengmeng Zhang, senior in finance and accounting.

Samerkae Kovindha, senior in finance and accounting, Thailand.