AIT-Omaha Provides Full Logistical Support for the 50th Annual Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting
Just as they have for the past eleven years, Branch Manager Terry McMullen and his team from AIT-Omaha provided logistics support for one of the city's largest annual events: The Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting at the CenturyLink Center.
This year was the 50th anniversary of the event which meant a busier schedule than usual. In fact, this was the first time the show floor was open to all shareholders for two full days. When all was said and done, the AIT-Omaha crew spent nearly a full month preparing, setting up, working the event and tearing down.
Trucks and trailers were moved into position on the evening of April 24 so they were ready first thing the next day when the convention center floor was available for load-in. AIT-Omaha delivered and erected numerous large-scale displays featuring many of the most famous Berkshire Hathaway brands such as Fruit of the Loom.
"We had a team of 12 to 14 people working on this booth alone and it involved more than eight days of set-up and tear-down," said McMullen.
Heinz was another Berkshire Hathaway company to be prominently featured at the meeting. For their display, a pair of giant ketchup and mustard bottles was juxtaposed with caricature depictions of Berkshire Hathaway founders Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger – the so-called "best pair ever".
All told, AIT-Omaha helped to move in, set up, tear down and move out more than 45 booths and displays representing companies from the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio.
In the end, the event boasted a record 55,000 attendees and many of the shareholders visited AIT's booth located next to the information area on the convention floor. There, they took advantage of AIT's convenient service to ship swag and products acquired over the weekend direct to their homes.
"The entire AIT-Omaha team is engaged in this project," said McMullen. "Special mention goes out to Tim Quance and Cory Johnson. They manage the entire process and over the course of the busiest eight days surrounding the meeting, Tim and Cory log more than 110 hours ensuring that we deliver the world-class execution required to stage this wonderful event."