General Manager Who Inspired “Moneyball” Movie to Keynote Conference in Honolulu

The Hawaii Convention Center
The Hawaii Convention Center will be the site of the 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu from September 19 -21

Billy Beane, whose statistical methodology helped revolutionize major league baseball and inspired the best-selling book and Oscar-nominated film, “Moneyball,” starring Brad Pitt, will present the opening keynote address at the 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu, September 19.

Beane’s keynote topic, “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” will share his innovative philosophy of utilizing analytics to identify undervalued assets to create and sustain a competitive advantage. 

It is a philosophy adopted by sports executives and CEOs in organizations nationwide to more effectively, efficiently and profitably manage assets, talent and resources for long-term success.


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Presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the three-day Global Tourism Summit takes place September 19-21, at the Hawaii Convention Center. Beane’s presentation will open the summit on September 19, at 9 a.m., and set the tone of how sustainability in business can be achieved through creativity, innovation, technology and being open to breaking free of longstanding norms.

A first-round draft pick in 1980 who went on to play major league baseball in six seasons, Beane joined the Oakland Athletics’ front office in 1990 as an advance scout. He was promoted to general manager in 1997 and, in that role, began putting his imprint on the game’s future with his Moneyball philosophy.

Despite being burdened at the time with one of the worst teams in baseball, one of the lowest payrolls and apathetic fan interest, Beane implemented a new statistical methodology that accurately tied players’ value to team performance. The revolutionary approach soon reversed the team’s declining fortunes, revitalized the entire franchise and attracted a new legion of fans. The Athletics has been a competitive force ever since, highlighted by winning six American League West Division titles since 2000.


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