2018 CEO Close-Up Networking Opportunities


Good Government Golf Tournament and Golf Reception
10:30 a.m. Shotgun start
Reception immediately following golf, approximately 4:30 pm
Desert Springs Golf Club (Valley Course and Palm Course)

Hit the links with your peers and business partners in our annual Good Government Golf Tournament. The tournament is a great opportunity for candid conversations in a relaxed, fun environment. Held at the Desert Springs Golf Club, two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by legendary course architect Ted Robinson, feature creative, challenging holes and a remarkably picturesque setting in Palm Desert. Reception immediately following golf.

Register for the 2018 Good Government Golf Tournament today!

For information, please contact Amy Lewis ( or Gabe Snow (



Breakfast and Networking 
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. 
Join fellow CEOs, sponsors and Platinum Associate Members for breakfast and conversation.

Spouses Tour: "Natural High" at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Uptown Design District Shopping and Lunch
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Registration Fee: $110/person (includes roundtrip transportation to/from hotel, admission to the Palm Springs Aerial Tram and lunch at LuLu California Bistro.)  Advance registration required. No shows and on-site cancellations forfeit registration fee.

Maximum number of participants: 80

The Palm Springs Aerial Tram on Mt. Jacinto is a true adventure. It was the dream of a young electrical engineer named Francis F. Crocker to "go up there where it's nice and cool". Construction of the Tramway was an engineering challenge and was soon labeled the "eighth wonder of the world.'' Along with the cable span, the tri-level Mountain Station, with its stunning views of the valley, it stands as a fine example of the design work of E. Stewart Williams, who was instrumental in the modernist movement and development of Palm Springs as a truly special destination.

The rotating cable cars are the most advanced in the world (the only two in North America) and they guide passengers 2 1/2 miles up the mountainside to a height of 8,516 feet using a push/pull method. Each ride up the hill to the Mountain Station will be met with a cable car on the opposite side of the cable returning to the Valley Station.

Once at the top of the Aerial Tramway, the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness offers 54 miles of hiking trails. Trails range from the awe-inspiring five and one-half mile trek to the 10,804 foot peak of San Jacinto to the just over one mile nature walk through picturesque Long Valley, located just behind the Tram's Mountain Station. For the less active guests, a continuous reel movie about the building of the tram, gift shop, 2 restaurants and a lounge to enjoy lunch/dinner/refreshments and several viewing terraces located at the Mountain Station. This trek to the top of our famous mountain is truly a singular experience!

Following the Aerial Tramway experience, the group will head to Palm Springs Uptown Design District for Lunch at LuLu California Bistro and post-lunch sightseeing and shopping.  Buses depart for return to the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort at beginning at 2:00 p.m.

CEO Networking Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (time subject to change)
Grab a sandwich and shoot the breeze with fellow co-op CEOs and network partners in an informal setting. No power point, no presentations. We promise!

CEO Close-Up Reception
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wind down from a busy first day with a relaxing evening of networking, food and entertainment. Spouses and guests welcome.


Breakfast and Networking 
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. 
Join fellow CEOs, sponsors and Platinum Associate Members for breakfast and conversation. 

Touchstone Energy® Community Service Project for Spouses: FIND Food Bank Volunteering
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
No registration fee. Advance registration required. No shows and on-site cancellations will be charged $75.
Maximum number of participants: 75

There is no better way to start the day than by giving back! Join fellow spouses and guests for a morning of volunteering at FIND Food Bank (, the only regional food bank serving eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino Counties in southern California.  They distribute 10+ million pounds of food assistance annually to an average 90,000 individuals each month across our service area. Food distribution is through a network of 100+ community-based partners whose programs include food pantries, soup kitchens, after-school and summer care, senior centers, faith-based organizations, and homeless shelters.

FIND Food Bank is a Member of Feeding America and the California Association of Food Banks.

Volunteers will be transported to Find Food Bank from JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort.  Upon arrival you will be briefed on FIND and how your volunteering is impacting so many lives in the Coachella Valley!  You will be separated into stations such as produce and packaged goods (exact items based on delivery the day prior) where you will be separating items in preparation for delivery.

Closed-toe shoes required! No peep toes, sandals or flip flops.

Sponsored by

Luncheon – U.S. Economic and Capital Markets Update
12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Join CFC CEO Sheldon Petersen for lunch and an insightful discussion on the latest economic and capital markets update and the implications for electric co-ops.

Sponsored by

CEO Close-Up Closing Reception 

5:30 –7:00 p.m. 
It’s a wrap! Kick back and mix it up with fellow CEOs, sponsors and Platinum Associate Members before you head home. Spouses and guests invited.