The Premier Conference for Electric Co-op CEOs & GMs

Join hundreds of CEOs, general managers and industry partners for the opportunity to exchange ideas, make meaningful connections and learn best practices for managing key challenges faced by electric co-op senior leaders.


Good Government Golf Tournament | Jan. 12
Pre-Conference Workshops | Jan. 12
Conference | Jan. 13-14​

JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
Marco Island, Florida​​​​​​

About C​EO Close-Up​

​Leading staff, collaborating with your board, engaging your community and meeting member expectations in a changing, complex industry is difficult. When you are bombarded with day-to-day requirements and challenges, it's not always easy to take time to evaluate your co-op's strategic vision or reflect on your personal leadership. However, making the time to get away from daily responsibilities and contemplate your critical role in the success of your co-op is crucial.

CEO Close-Up offers electric cooperative CEOs and general managers an opportunity to engage in leadership training, hear from dynamic speakers, participate in skills-based workshops and connect with industry peers who have a unique understanding of the economic, business and political challenges you face. Each interaction will leave you inspired, and each session provides real-world solutions that you can execute when you return to your co-op.

C​EO Close-Up Testimonials

Don't just take our word for it that CEO Close-Up is a great program for electric cooperative CEOs/general managers. Here's what a few of your CEO/GM peers are saying...

"You can’t beat the networking time, professional content and ability to learn new and different things. Make it a priority."

– John Twiest, CEO/General Manager, Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Minnesota​)

"I think this is the single best and most relevant conference offered in our industry."

– Scott Peters, CEO, Columbia REA (Washington)

"The ability to network with peers and vendors in one place is invaluable."

– Bruce Mueller, CEO/General Manager, Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Kansas)

Good Government Golf Tournament

Our annual Good Government Golf Tournament is a fundraiser that supports a variety of political engagement activities to further the interests of America's electric cooperatives. The tournament provides a great opportunity for candid conversations in a relaxed, fun environment.

For questions or additional details, contact Amy Lewis at or (703) 907-6917 or Gabe Snow at or (703) 907-5799.

Sponsorship Information

For questions about NRECA’s sponsorship opportunities, including the 2025 CEO Close-Up Conference and Good Government Golf Tournament, ​​please contact Ijilbish Nergui via email at

Social Media Kit

Registrants, speakers and sponsors: Help spread the word about CEO Close-Up with our social media kit​. Use the hashtag #CoopCEOs​ in your posts and tag NRECA.

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.




Registration Fees

CEO Close-Up Conference registration fee includes access to all general sessions, breakout and networking sessions, conference-sponsored meal functions (breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday), receptions and conference materials. Separate fees are required for pre-conference workshops and spouse/guest​ a​ctivities.

Conference Registration Fees

NRECA Member Fee
Non-Member Fee
One-Day NRECA Member Registration Fee (January 8 or January 9)

One-Day Non-Member Registration Fee (January 8 or January 9)

Spouse/Guest Registration Fee
Pre-Conference Workshops – Sunday, January 7
Speaking in Soundbites: Media Training for Co-op CEOs
8:00 am -12:00 pm
Women in Power Session: Unleash Your Inner Authentic Leadership Power
2:00​ pm - 4:00 pm

Special Events & Activities

Sunday, January 7 Women in Power Networking Reception
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
No Fee
Monday, January 8 Spouse and Guest Activity: Desert Botanical Garden & Shopping in Old Town
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Times are approximate-subject to change.)
Maximum number of participants: 50
Advance registration required. Activity fee is non-refundable. Fee includes roundtrip transportation, exclusive 1.5-hour guided garden tour and shopping time.

Monday, January 8 – CEO Luncheon (Sponsored by CFC)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm​
Electric cooperative CEOs/general managers and NRECA Voting Members only.​
Advance registration requested.

No fee
Monday, January 8 Executive Networking Session: Talk & Guac!
2:45 pm - 4:30 pm
No fee
Monday, January 8 – Welcome Reception (Sponsored by CoBank)
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Participants are welcome to bring one guest.
No fee
Tuesday, January 9 – Closing Happy Hour
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Participants are welcome to bring one guest.
No fee

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About the Location
Phoenix ranks as one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation and commonly referred to as the "Valley of the Sun." Phoenix also boasts a robust culture of food, art, history and architecture.
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The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Hotel & Spa does not provide shuttle transportation.

Estimated Fare from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Taxi: $64 (one way​)
  • UberX: $50-54 (one way​​)​


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