CEO Close-Up invites you to submit a short proposed presentation (referred to as a “project profile”) that showcases a story of collaboration and learning between your company and an electric cooperative to be presented during the Conference, on January 10-11 at the JW Marriott Marco Island Resort in Marco Island, FL. This is an exclusive opportunity for NRECA Platinum Associate Members to share your knowledge and expertise on a specific electric cooperative project with electric cooperative CEOs and General Managers.

Key Submission Dates

  • October 5, 2018 – Last Day to Submit a Project Profile Proposal
  • October 5– 26 - Project Profile Proposal Review and Rating
  • October 29-November 2 – Final Selection and Scheduling
  • [Approximately] November 5– Project Profile Proposal Acceptance Notifications


  • Broadband
  • Communication (internal and external)
  • Community Development/Outreach
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data and Analytics
  • Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
  • Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
  • Energy Storage
  • Grid Modernization
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Member Engagement
  • Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Safety
  • Smart(er) Grid
  • Technology

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

Project Profile Logistics

Project Profiles presentations are 15-minutes in length. Each Project Profile presentation is limited to 15 minutes and a maximum of seven (7) power point slides including any title slide and/or closing slide. The presentation may be made by a representative from the Platinum Associate Member company, by an electric cooperative CEO (or other staff) or a combination of the two.

Overall Review and Selection Criteria

The maximum number of project profile submissions a Platinum Associate Member may submit is two. Please take a few minutes to review the tips below before you press “Submit.”

Tips to Increase Consideration of your Submission

  • This is about your collaboration with an electric cooperative. Focus on the problem that was addressed and/or opportunity that was leveraged and how your company and the cooperative worked together.
  • Know your audience – CEOs of electric cooperative utilities. Avoid a proposal that is more technically and operationally focused. Keep it higher level and strategic. Remember that within this short amount of time, it’s important to share your experience but to focus on what you/the electric cooperative learned and how other electric cooperative CEOs can benefit from your experience.
  • Takeaways/Quick Points are critical. Please provide four takeaways that summarize the objectives and outcomes for the project. Be specific.
  • 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. Include the names of your company speaker and electric cooperative CEO (or other co-op staff) at the time of submission.
  • Approximately 500 characters (65 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 Project Profiles 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 15 minutes will the CEOs in attendance learn something new that can be applied back at their co-op?
  2. Does the proposal address an issue of concern, or opportunity, for electric cooperative CEOs?
  3. Is the project profile clear and concise?
  4. Are the three takeaways clear? Do they highlight project objectives and outcomes? Can they be met in the allotted presentation time (15 minutes, maximum seven power point slides)?
  5. Does the project profile include a proposed speaker 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 Your Project Profile Presentation

Submission Deadline: October 5, 2018

Note: You must use this form to submit your project profile presentation. Submissions received outside this form will not be considered. Contact Val Parks at or Kristi Matthews, Director of Business Development at to make other arrangements for submitting your proposal.