Billy Beane

Billy Beane

Vice President and General Manager, Oakland Athletics

Billy Beane

Billy Beane is considered one of the most progressive and talented baseball executives in the game today. As General Manager of the Oakland A's, Beane shattered traditional MLB beliefs that big payrolls equated more wins by implementing a statistical methodology that led one of the worst teams in baseball—with one of the lowest payrolls—to six American League West Division Titles. That strategic methodology has come to be known as the "Moneyball" philosophy, named for the bestselling book and Oscar winning film chronicling Beane’s journey from General Manager to celebrated management genius.  

A native of San Diego, California, Beane attended UC San Diego, where he studied economics. A first round draft pick (23rd overall) of the New York Mets in the 1980 June Free Agent Draft, Beane played six major league seasons as an infielder, outfielder and catcher for the Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and Oakland A’s. Beane joined the A’s front office staff in 1990 as the club’s major league advance scout. He became the A’s General Manager on October 17, 1997.


  • Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm

    Moneyball: Lessons for Life & Business from Baseball's Best GM

    • Billy Beane, Vice President and General Manager, Oakland Athletics

    Grand Ballroom

    Billy Beane explores his innovative, winning approach to management and leadership. He explains how to win against companies that have bigger budgets, more manpower, and higher profiles by utilizing analytics to identify and re-purpose undervalued assets. Beane uses the powerful metaphor of baseball, but his genius lies in his ability to draw striking parallels to almost any industry. Beane’s inspiring tale, a modern day David vs. Goliath, is an unforgettable talk, a brilliant confluence of baseball and business success that teaches what it really takes to succeed 'big" with limited resources.