Baseball executive Billy Beane to speak at IU Southeast

31st January 2013

NEW ALBANY, IN (Jan. 31, 2013) – Oakland A’s general manager and the subject of Moneyball is heading to Indiana University Southeast to share his innovative style of management and “Moneyball” methodology.

Billy Beane will be the keynote speaker for the annual Sanders Speaker Series at 6 p.m., Feb. 12, at the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center at IU Southeast.  

Considered one of the most progressive and talented baseball executives in the game today, Beane has molded the Oakland Athletics into a continuing postseason contender since assuming the general manager’s duties shortly following the 1997 season.

Billy Beane

Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane

Beginning in 1999, Beane and former Assistant GM Paul DePodesta shattered antiquated MLB beliefs that big payrolls equated wins by implementing unorthodox (by MLB standards) strategic methodology that led one of the worst teams in the American League, with one of the lowest payrolls, to five American League West Division titles, the most recent in 2012. Under Beane’s watch, the A’s have compiled the fourth-best record in the American League and seventh best in all of baseball over the last 15 seasons.

Beane’s story inspired best-selling author Michael Lewis to write Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, which is now a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.

His strategy opened the eyes of many top sports executives and CEOs around the country who now utilize “Moneyball” methodology. In 2008, Beane collaborated with Newt Gingrich and Sen. John Kerry in co-authoring an article in the New York Times offering possible remedies for the U.S. health care crisis.

At the podium, Beane conveys his winning style of management and leadership, which involves identifying undervalued assets to create and sustain a competitive advantage. By striking parallels between baseball and business, Beane inspires audiences with his unforgettable winning underdog story.

The Sanders Speaker Series is named after Judge Carlton and Sue Sanders, whose generous donation established the Sanders Speaker Series Endowment in 2008. The couple’s goal for the series is to bring high-profile speakers to the University, at least annually, to speak to the community about business and the economy.

Admission is complimentary for the Feb. 12 event., but tickets are required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Arrangements for the appearance of Billy Beane made through Greater Talent Network, Inc., New York, NY.

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