SOURCE: NIRI Silicon Valley

January 17, 2008 16:35 ET

NIRI Silicon Valley Announces Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics, as Keynote Speaker at Its 2008 Annual Spring Seminar

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 17, 2008) - The Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) today announced Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics, as keynote speaker for its 2008 Annual Spring Seminar. The seminar will be a full day event, and will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at The Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel in Palo Alto, California.

The NIRI Silicon Valley Chapter's Annual Spring Seminar is one of the largest and longest running educational and networking events for investor relations officers (IROs) in Northern California. Presentations will cover a range of topics, including regulatory updates, proxy solicitation, competitive intelligence, crisis communications, small-cap best practices and shareholder activism. Additionally, there will be vendor exhibits showcasing various suppliers' financial and investor relations products and services.

"Each year, our seminar attracts approximately 200 investor relations practitioners, consultants, and chief financial officers from industry-leading companies in the Bay Area," said Michelle Levine, President of NIRI Silicon Valley Chapter. "This year's seminar is filled with educational topics that address every aspect of the investor relations role. We have secured a strong line-up of panelists and speakers, and we are very excited that Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics, has agreed to be our distinguished keynote speaker. Our chapter is focused on the advancements and discipline of investor relations practices within our community, and we look forward to yet another successful Annual Spring Seminar."

The Annual Spring Seminar agenda is available on the NIRI Silicon Valley website. Interested investor relations professionals may register for the seminar through Tuesday, March 18, 2008. Special pre-registration discounts are available on-line until Friday, February 15, 2008.

To learn more about the seminar, and to register for this year's event, visit the NIRI Silicon Valley website at www.nirisv.org, or contact Victoria Hyde-Dunn at vhydedun@visa.com or Brian Walton at bwalton@marketwire.com. Register today. Space is limited.

About Billy Beane

Billy Beane is a former Major League Baseball player and the current general manager of the Oakland Athletics. He has worked for the Athletics since his retirement as a player in 1989, and was named their GM in 1998. Beane, who grew up in the San Diego area, was a first-round choice by the New York Mets in the 1980 MLB amateur draft, and played parts of six seasons as a reserve outfielder in the major leagues, with the Mets, the Minnesota Twins, the Detroit Tigers and the A's, from 1984 to 1989. He was on the bench for two World Series wins -- with the Twins in 1987, and the A's in 1989. He completed his 148-game career with a .219 batting average and three home runs. He then moved into the A's front office, becoming an advance scout, and eventually an assistant to then-A's GM Sandy Alderson in 1993. In 1997, Alderson stepped down as GM and Beane replaced him. Since then, Beane has crafted the A's into one of the most successful regular-season teams in baseball, primarily through the shrewd application of sabermetric principles. Despite this, the A's have been repeatedly thwarted in their bid to win in the playoffs. On top of those playoff failures, he hasn't written a book, either, despite what Joe Morgan may or may not have claimed. But in 2003, Beane, his team, and his approach to running an organization were the subject of the book "Moneyball," by Michael Lewis.

About NIRI Silicon Valley

The Silicon Valley Chapter is one of the largest chapters of NIRI, comprised of more than 200 investor relations practitioners, corporate officers, consultants, and partners responsible for the advancement and discipline of investor relations practices within the local community. To become a member of the NIRI Silicon Valley chapter, please contact Hunter Landers at hlanders@csg-design.com or to learn more about the organization, please visit www.nirisv.org.

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