Registration is Open!

An exclusive, annual event for electric co-op CEOs and General Managers that delivers innovative thinking and unparalleled opportunities to learn new strategies, improve your leadership skills and equip yourself for the challenges facing your co-op.

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Registration Fees

Main Event Fees
CEO Close-Up Member Registration $985
Associate Member CEO Close-Up Registration$985
CEO Close-Up Non-Member Registration$1,990
Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops
Sunday, January 12
Strategy in an Age of Uncertainty: Scenario Planning is a Key Tool to Prepare Your Organization (and Board) (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, January 15
Community Development Workshop: The Powerful Influence of the CEO (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
When It Takes More Than Management: Keys to Cultivating the Leaders We’ll Need (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
Special Events & Activities
Sunday, January 12
Good Government Golf Tournament (CEOs only) (9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)
Golf club rental fee is $60. You will pay at the golf shop when you pick up your clubs.
No fee
Paint and Sip Class (12:00-3:00 p.m.)
Fee includes all materials and paint supplies, instruction, light snacks and beverages. Registration fee non-refundable after December 23, 2019.
Maximum number of participants: 75
Monday, January 13
Touchstone Energy® Spouse & Guest Community Service Project: FIND Food Bank Volunteering (9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
No shows will be charged/billed $75
Maximum number of participants: 75
No fee
Tuesday, January 14
Spouses & Guests Tour: Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Lunch and Shopping (8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)
Maximum number of participants: 70
Tour registration fee is non-refundable for cancellations received after December 23, 2019.
CEO Luncheon – Sponsored by CFC
(11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Time subject to change.)
No fee

In Their Own Words….

what CEOs are saying about CEO Close-Up

Of all the meetings we can attend, CEO Close-Up is the best. Put it on your calendar.

Tom Howard, CEO/General Manager
Callaway Electric Cooperative
Fulton, Missouri
I recommend it to new CEOs in my state - this is the best and only conference solely for CEOs/Managers.

Becky Bradburn, General Manager
Franklin REC
Hampton, Iowa

Top-notch content, great networking--not too large where you get lost, great speakers, like minded CEOs in need of and/or willing to share solutions. My head sponge was definitely full by the end!

Paul Fitterer, General Manager
Capital Electric Cooperative
Bismarck, North Dakota

The CEO Close-up is a great way to kick off the New Year. With all the current, relevant topics discussed it helps me get a feel for what lies ahead in relation to current events, member needs and different means to serve rural America.

Neil J. Hesse, General Manager
PenTex Energy
Muenster, Texas

It is fun, interesting and a great chance to connect on issues specific to CEOs. I arrived not knowing a soul and left feeling like I had some peers and connections that I know will only grow over time.

Rebecca Towne, CEO
Vermont Electric Cooperative
Johnson, Vermont

I typically mention CEO Close-Up to new CEOs. Indicating they should attend New CEO Orientation and then the CEO Close-up. These two events are an exceptional way to benchmark everything going on at your local cooperative.

Robert C. Hochstetler, President & CEO
Central Power Cooperative, Inc.
Columbia, South Carolina

Good Government Golf Tournament

The 2020 Good Government Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, January 12 at the Desert Springs Golf Club Valley and Palm courses.

The tournament is a great opportunity for networking with peers and business partners in a relaxed, fun environment. The awards reception will be held immediately following the golf tournament.

Stay tuned! Registration opens in September.

Interested golfers contact Amy Lewis ( or 703-907-6917 or Gabe Snow ( for more information.

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Stephanie Harbrecht (

Sponsorship Information

Engage with NRECA and our electric cooperative members face-to-face at one or more of our annual events. Sponsorship allows you to interact with decision-makers, gain visibility in the cooperative marketplace, generate awareness, introduce products and services, and build your brand.

Looking to earn credit?

If you have a professional credential that requires continuing education units (CEUs), 2020 CEO Close-Up may be accepted for these CEUs. 





CEO Close-Up Photos

Highlights from 2019 CEO Close-Up.

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From outdoor adventure, shopping and art to world-class events for all ages and interests, there is plenty to see and do in Palm Desert.
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The hotel does not provide shuttle transportation.

From Palm Springs International Airport

Estimated taxi fare: $50-53 (one way)
Uber and Lyft are available.

Shuttle Company: AM/PM Shuttle Service, $45-50 one-way – 760-409-8826 or book online