Registration and hotel reservations open in September.

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.

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 - I tell them 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

This conference is the best conference NRECA organizes each year. The opportunities to engage with other cooperative CEOs and vendor CEOs are invaluable.

Davd E. Smart, President & CEO
West Kentucky RECC
Mayfield, Kentucky

This (CEO Close-Up) is the best issue specific presentations, leadership training and networking opportunities for electric cooperative CEOs.
Charlie Dunn, CEO
Farmers Electric Cooperative
Greenfield, Iowa

Great networking opportunities since most discussions are with our peers. Very relevant presentations that were definitely thought-provoking and challenged the status quo.

Julius Hackett, CEO
Tri-County Electric Cooperative
Madison, Florida
One of the best reasons to attend the CEO Close-Up is that there are only CEOs here. It gives you the opportunity to discuss the issues we all have in a private setting.
Jeff Hohn, President/CEO
Kenergy Corp.
Henderson, KY

It is fun, interesting, and a great chance to connect specifically on issues specific to CEOs or from a CEO perspective which is unique. I arrived in Florida 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 iCEO 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.

Hotel & Travel

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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