Was Bernie Ebbers not available?

Former Mets GM Steve Phillips is speaking at the Buyouts Symposium.

WTF?

What does he have to do with buyouts?  He wasn't even a good GM...   the Mets fired him.  Plus... its the Mets.  I mean, I'm a Met fan, but its not like the team has done anything to warrent their fired GM speaking anywhere.  To be honest, I think I'd rather see Bobby Valentine speak.  Maybe he could wear a moustache, too.   That would be hilarious. 

There are speakers that, if you can get them, apply anywhere...   Rudy Guiliani, Bill Clinton.   Steve Phillips is not one of these people.   He wouldn't even be welcome at a Mets Fans Symposium.  I don't get it.