Breaking News: Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane Announced As Keynote Speaker For 30th Annual High Desert Opportunity Business Conference

Billy Beane

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)-– The High Desert Opportunity Committee is proud to announce that Billy Beane, the Major League Baseball Oakland Athletics General Manager and subject of the New York Times bestselling book and upcoming Sony Pictures motion picture Moneyball, will serve as Keynote Speaker for the 2011 High Desert Opportunity business conference.

The annual event will be held on Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, CA.  The conference aims to draw “out of the area” business owners, commercial real estate brokers, developers and site locators to the High Desert region.

As the revolutionary GM of the Oakland A’s, Billy Beane has turned the cash-strapped, small market baseball team into bonafide contenders who, for years now, have made the playoffs alongside monoliths like the Yankees. Against a howl of league-wide criticism, Beane redefined the most tradition-bound of sports and revealed the game’s economics — indeed, corporate-America’s economics — to be out of whack.  Instead of relying on flawed “gut-feel” methods used in the sport since its inception, Beane set out to focus on powerful analysis and a close reading of the right kind of statistics to evaluate players.  Beane’s methods have transformed baseball, as well as other sports and how they evaluate talent, measure productivity and maintain a competitive edge.

Beane’s inspiring tale of a modern day David vs. Goliath was illustrated in the 2003 New York Times bestseller Moneyball.  Author Michael Lewis focused on Beane’s story of what it really takes to succeed, and succeed big, with limited resources in baseball and the business world.  Sony Pictures will release a feature film based on the book and Billy Beane’s story on September 23rd, 2011.  The movie Moneyball will star Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, along with actors Jonah Hill, Robin Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In addition to the demands as GM of the Oakland A’s, Billy Beane also has become a minority owner of the team, and serves on the Board of Directors for NetSuite, a business management software company.

About High Desert Opportunity

High Desert Opportunity (HDO) is the premier High Desert event annually showcasing local businesses and development opportunities for new and expanding businesses. The goal of the event is to support economic growth and stability by attracting businesses and jobs to the High Desert.  The region encompasses the cities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville as well as portions of San Bernardino County.  Celebrating its’ 30th anniversary, High Desert Opportunity continually attracts close to 1,000 attendees focusing on the benefits of doing business in the High Desert.

Past keynote speakers at HDO have included Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Ben Stein, John Naber, Jack Canfield, Steve Forbes, Newt Gingrich, Oliver North, Terry Bradshaw and Elizabeth Dole among others.

Previous conference sessions have included topics such as local real estate and development trends, economic forecasting and infrastructure, green technology and transportation plans. The expo features local businesses, commercial real estate associates, the local chambers of commerce and local and regional government representatives from the High Desert.  The event is organized by a volunteer group of approximately 40 local business professionals and community leaders dedicated to promoting economic growth in the region.

For more information or to purchase tickets for High Desert Opportunity, please call 760-245-7600 or visit the website:

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