Top Value Investors to Address 2009 Value Investing Congress West

Top Value Investors to Address 2009 Value Investing Congress West

Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2009

Schwartz Tilson Information Inc. today announced the speaker lineup for the 4th Annual Value Investing Congress West, which will be held in Pasadena, CA on May 5 and 6, 2009. Investors from around the world will have the opportunity to glean rare wisdom and market insight from the all-star lineup of world-renowned value investors, filling a critical deficit in profitable investing ideas as the market’s challenges continue. The two-day event will be held at Pasadena’s Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa.

“When the market is in a state of tremendous volatility, value investors can really thrive if they’re using the right strategies,” said Whitney Tilson, co-founder of the Value Investing Congress, co-founder of hedge fund firm T2 Partners, and a regular columnist for the Financial Times and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “If you have patience and a long-term horizon, you will find that this is truly an opportunity-rich environment, and the Value Investing Congress is a great forum in which to learn about new prospects.”

Created by disciples of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett, the Value Investing Congress is recognized as one of the premier events for value investors around the world. Attendees will acquire expert strategy and profitable investment ideas from the brightest minds in value investing, especially important now given the current challenges in the market. Among the highlights from past conferences: Jeff Matthews’ presentation on General Electric (GE) in 2008, Bill Ackman’s MBIA (MBI)/Ambac (ABK) short strategy in 2007, and David Einhorn’s short thesis on Lehman Brothers (LEH) in 2007.

“There has never been a better time for investors to learn from the best of the best in the field of value investing,” said Value Investing Congress co-founder John L. Schwartz, M.D. “These are challenging times for all investors, but there is certainly no shortage of opportunity. What’s needed is clear guidance and informed insight. This spring’s Congress will give attendees a competitive edge with innovative strategies to beat the current market.”

The upcoming Value Investing Congress West will feature returning speakers such as John Burbank and David Nierenberg, as well as many fresh new voices with outstanding long-term investment track records. As always, there will be ample time for attendees to ask questions of every speaker.

The complete speaker lineup at the 4th Annual Value Investing Congress West includes:

John Burbank, Passport Capital
Guy Spier, Aquamarine Capital Management LLC
Scott Klein, Beach Point Capital Management
Charles de Vaulx, IVA
Brian Gaines, Springhouse Capital
David Chu, Soma Asset Management LLC
Igor Lotsvin, Soma Asset Management LLC
Jason A. Stock, M3 Funds LLC
William C. Waller, M3 Funds LLC
Dave Rabinowitz, Kirkwood Capital
David Nierenberg, D3 Family of Funds
J. Carlo Cannell, Cannell Capital LLC
Zeke Ashton, Centaur Capital Partners
Whitney Tilson, T2 Partners LLC
Glenn H. Tongue, T2 Partners LLC
The day before the Congress, investors will have the opportunity to participate in a Pre-Congress workshop focusing on strategies that will enable them to become more successful at analyzing companies and identifying promising value opportunities. On May 4th, Whitney Tilson and Glenn Tongue of T2 Partners will teach An Advanced Seminar on Value Investing: How to Decipher Financial Statements, Avoid Value Traps and Pick Investment Winners. Past participants have realized great benefits from this intensive workshop, describing it as “an investment that pays for itself” with information that can be ”immediately put to use.”

About the Value Investing Congress

Whitney Tilson and John L. Schwartz established the Value Investing Congress in 2004 so that passionate value investors – disciples of Graham, Dodd, Buffett and Munger – can meet and learn from one another and achieve even greater investment success. Tilson is one of the country’s best known value investors and is the co-founder of Value Investor Insight. Schwartz is the founder and former CEO of Continuing Medical Education, Inc., the highly successful medical information company. Click here to read what people are saying about the Value Investing Congress.

More information on the upcoming 4th Annual Value Investing Congress West is available at Sponsors of the Value Investing Congress include Capital IQ, Wiley, Columbia Business School, and Value Investor Insight. Supporting organizations are The Value Investors Club and NYSSA. Media partners for the Value Investing Congress include Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Seeking Alpha, and Dow Jones Hedge Fund Trades.


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Two-Time NBA MVP Steve Nash and vitaminwater to Host “Nash Bash” at 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend

Two-Time NBA MVP Steve Nash and vitaminwater to Host “Nash Bash” at 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) January 20, 2009

With NBA All-Star Weekend fast approaching, Steve Nash has announced the sale of tickets to his Foundation’s Friday night event – the vitaminwater┬« Nash Bash to benefit the Steve Nash Foundation.

“All-Star’s in Phoenix this year, and I’m really looking forward to hosting some of my Foundation’s best supporters, new friends and just having my family around. All-Star Weekend is one of the most entertaining events of the year, and, for me, it’s another opportunity to mesh my job with my other passions.”

The vitaminwater Nash Bash will take place Friday, February 13, 2009, at the Mondrian Scottsdale. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Steve Nash Foundation’s local initiative, Educare Arizona, bringing best practices in early childhood education to the Greater Phoenix area. Nationally, Educare is the creation of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, and is supported throughout the country by anchor funders from Bill Gates to Warren Buffett. In Arizona, the Steve Nash Foundation is working closely with the Ibis Foundation, the John Whiteman Foundation, Southwest Human Development and the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families.

“Educare is one of the best things we can do for our community,” said Steve. “It’s a holistic approach to the child and family, and will make an incredible impact nationally.”

Educare Arizona is set to break ground next year.

Last year, Nash worked with his film company, Meathawk, to create his own commercials for vitaminwater. The viral spots debuted on YouTube and were widely distributed, with even NBATV’s Ahmad Rashad, Chris Webber and Gary Payton taking time to enjoy the spots on air.

Tickets to the vitaminwater Nash Bash are available at the Foundation’s website,, via the All-Star Weekend banner. Individual tickets are $ 1,300; tickets to an exclusive dinner with Nash prior to the party are available for a $ 13,000 donation to the Steve Nash Foundation. Contributions are eligible for a tax receipt. The Steve Nash Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and registered Canadian charity.


The Steve Nash Foundation

Jenny Miller

Executive Director

Email: jenny at stevenash dot org



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Smooth Sailing
April 22, 2009

Imagine a life without any difficulties. No need to stress on bills, deadlines and weight. No need to rush. Hakuna Matata, you may say. But, can you call a worry-free life to be the life?

All of us, even Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett, have experienced tough times and bottom hell moments. Challenges are inevitable. It is the ultimate SAT of our life. It is the ultimate test of our faith.

We have to sail though rough waters, colossal waves, and head on intense winds. There is no other way to learn navigation, but through an actual journey. It is not smooth sailing all the time, for that would make our life hollow and futile.

The different facets of life cannot be simulated. We have to experience pain to feel healing. We have to face defeats to enjoy victories. We have to suffer chaos to appreciate harmony in mind and spirit.

This is the very essence of life. After each storm, summer awaits. Welcoming us with calm waters, tranquil waves and warm winds.

Photo taken at Dumaguete City, Philippines

The Hump, is a joint project of me and Louie. I provide the photos, and she gives the words to them. And, why do we do it? It’s really simple. We just want people to have another perspective on Wednesdays. Just like a hump in the road, Wednesdays should be a time for people to slow down from their fast-paced life.

There’s a Hump ahead. It’s your choice what to do with it.

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