CEO Close-Up invites you to submit a proposal for presentation during the conference, which will be held January 10-11 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Resort in Marco Island, FL. This is an exclusive opportunity for NRECA Service Members to share knowledge and expertise with electric cooperative CEOs and General Managers.

Key Submission Dates

  • October 5, 2018 – Last Day to Submit a Proposal
  • October 8-19 – Proposal Review and Rating
  • October 22-26 – Final Selection and Scheduling
  • [Approximately] October 29– Proposal Acceptance Notifications

Subject Matter Categories and Topic Ideas


  • Due diligence; making the case, or not, for your co-op; determining the right solutions for your co-op and members
  • Installation and deployment, member communications case studies


  • Creating a culture of cybersecurity in the workplace
  • Cybersecurity solutions for small and under-resourced cooperatives

Data and Analytics

  • Big data/data management
  • Use of data to improve operations, member relationships

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

  • What is DER? How do we define it? How to determine what’s right for our co-op?
  • Strategies for integrating DER into power supply

Energy Storage

  • What is it? What are co-ops doing in storage?
  • State of the technology/emerging technologies-not limited to battery
  • Residential, community and utility scale storage options

Leadership & Strategy

  • Strategic planning 101 – why you need a strategic plan; where to start; how to develop

Member Engagement

  • Deploying surveys as a listening devices to enhance member relationships
  • Social media best practices (tools, policies, risks, benefits)
  • Using technology to keep members happy (member facing technology and strategies)

Procurement and Supply Chain

  • Managing supply chain/procurement cybersecurity risks
  • Supply chain and procurement strategies to help co-op efficiency and effectiveness


  • Creating culture of safety and developing safety accountability

We have provided these session ideas for your consideration. Feel free to submit a session proposal from one of these ideas or one of your own choosing. Use the Other space provided on the submission form.

Conference Session Length

Conference sessions will run 60 minutes. Session length and time allotment will be determined once the proposal review and selection process is complete. Note: It is possible that multiple proposal submissions for a particular topic will be combined to create a single session.

Presentations: Overall Review and Selection Criteria

The maximum number of submissions accepted per company/organization is two. Please take a few minutes to review the tips below before you hit the "Submit" to answer the questions inside the form.

Tips to Increase Consideration of your Submission

  • Include electric cooperative involvement in the proposal description. Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with electric cooperatives is a plus. Co-op CEO and/or employee co-speakers are encouraged.
  • Know your audience – CEOs of electric cooperative utilities. Avoid a proposal that is more technically and operationally focused. Keep it higher level and strategic.
  • Learning objectives are critical. Please provide three learning objectives for your submission and be sure they are specific and focused on what the participant will learn/takeaway from your presentation.
  • Eliminate the perception of a marketing and sales presentation by limiting references to products or vendors. This is a very sensitive issue among conference participants and obvious marketing and sales proposals will not be considered.
  • Names: When submitting a proposal that includes more than one speaker (or panel), include the names of the panelists/co-speakers at the time of submission. If you do not have confirmation of the panelists, be sure to include the company/utility/etc. names in the body of the abstract.
  • Approximately 600 characters (75 words) is allocated for your proposal description. Make good use of those characters by typing in a block, no indentations, no tabs, etc.

Review Process

All presentation proposals are reviewed by an advisory group of electric cooperative CEOs/General Managers and NRECA subject matter experts. Reviewers will consider the following:

  1. Does the proposal focus on results? In 60 minutes will the attendee learn something new that can be applied back at the co-op? Cutting edge technologies, trends, insights and leading practices?
  2. Does the proposal address an issue of concern, or opportunity, for electric cooperative CEOs?
  3. Is the proposal description clear and concise?
  4. Are the three learning objectives clear? Can they be met in the allotted session time (60 minutes)?
  5. Does the proposal include a proposed speaker(s) from an electric cooperative?

Demand exceeds supply and we receive more proposals than we have available presentation slots. Some categories may receive a greater number of submissions than others. Proposal submission does not guarantee a speaking slot.

CEO Close-Up Speaker Registration Policies

Each individual listed as a speaker on the submission form will be sent a speaker confirmation letter and agreement form that outlines the specifics of their participation.

Speakers are required to register themselves and pay appropriate registration fees unless other arrangements are made with program manager. Contact Val Parks, CEO Close-Up Program Manager with questions –

CEO Close-Up has instituted the following guidelines concerning Conference speakers/presenters:

  • Speaker letters and business agreement forms will be sent to ALL individuals listed as speakers in the proposal submission.
  • Agreement forms must be completed by ALL speakers in the time frame allotted.
  • Requests for expense reimbursement (hotel, airline, ground transportation, meals) and/or waiver of registration fees will not be permitted unless agreed to in advance and outlined in the speaker business agreement form.
  • Permission has been granted by the program presenters for official CEO Close-Up photographs.
  • Presenters are responsible for obtaining written permission, if applicable, from copyright holders for the duplication of previously published materials distributed as handouts at any session.

Submit a Proposal

Submission Deadline: October 5, 2018

Note: You must use this form to submit a proposal. Submissions received outside this form will not be considered. Contact Val Parks at to make other arrangements for submitting your proposal.