Fresh off his recent induction into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. “Bud” Selig joined Financial Executives International (FEI) of Northeastern Wisconsin members and guests for a special summer event August 15 in Neenah.
His candid and personal presentation felt more like a conversation with an old friend than it did a formal address. Reflecting on his storied career in baseball, Selig shared personal – and often funny – stories about his many interactions with influential Hall of Fame members and legendary players, such as Hank Aaron, Bob Uecker, George Steinbrenner, Paul Molitor, Derek Jeter and others. Selig brought many personal and historic moments in baseball to life with his animated storytelling, demonstrating how this favorite pastime sport continues to influence American society.
“Baseball is a metaphor for life,” said Selig, referring to the challenges and triumphs that baseball has experienced throughout American history. Referencing the first African-American major league baseball player, Selig said, “Jackie [Robinson] changed baseball, and baseball changed America.”
He emphasized how, though not always done perfectly, baseball took the first important and highly visible steps toward the civil rights movement in 1947 – long before the Supreme Court and U.S. Congress took meaningful action.
FEI hosts similar events monthly and potential members are always welcome to attend. The next event takes place September 12 beginning at 2 pm and will feature NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt. FEI serves financial professionals by offering a forum for confidential interaction among peers, as well as education, training and access to insights on best practices.
In an effort to continue FEI growth, special membership pricing is being offered. Annual membership dues for Executive Membership are being offered for just $299 versus the normal rate of $525. Those wishing to take advantage of this reduced membership must do so before August 31, 2017. Contact Mike McNamara, FEI NEW Membership Chair, at (920) 533-4860 or [email protected] to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member and to register.
Blog text and photos provided by Weidert Group