PRNewser made a trip to the New York Stock Exchange this morning where Warren Buffett, Business Wire chairman and CEO Cathy Baron Tamraz, and the rest of the Business Wire team gathered to ring the opening bell and celebrate 50 years of BW business. (Berkshire Hathaway owns Business Wire.)
The scene on the stock market floor was a frenzy with international media and traders doing their stock market thing. Add to that the excitement over a visit from Buffett and there’s even more chaos. The media was definitely interested in hearing more about his thoughts on taxing the rich and the economy, and the traders treated him like a celebrity, approaching him with pens in hand for an autograph.
After the opening bell, Buffet and Tamraz came down to the floor for photos and interviews with Fox Business, CNN, and other outlets. We tweeted about some of the action from the floor this morning and BusinessWire is tweeting about the events happening at the NYSE today, which includes a luncheon and Q&A with the execs.
Before heading to the stock market floor, we met the Ball State University student, Jenna Marie James, who won the chance to meet Buffett for lunch today. You can click here to watch her winning video entry answering the question “What is the future of PR and communications?” She came to the stock exchange with ukulele in hand.
Apparently, Buffett plays the electric ukelele and and James wanted to show her skills. James has told the media that she’s been contacted quite a bit by reporters since she was announced the winner. She was also on the CBS Early Show this morning showing her ukulele skills.
Also for the anniversary celebration, Business Wire employees have been doing volunteer work through the Business Wire 50th Anniversary Give Back program and cities and states across the country have been acknowledging the milestone.
Separately but noteworthy, Business Wire was also recently awarded a patent for press release optimization and distribution.
“Business is growing,” Tamraz told Andrew Ross Sorkin this morning on CNBC who asked about the press release business in light of the company’s who are now pushing out news through their own sites.
“As long as we can push that news out to the investing public, I think it’s the best way to go,” she added.