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. 7
Pre-Conference Workshops | Jan. 7
Conference | Jan. 8-9

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort

Phoenix, Arizona

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.

CEO 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. (Minneapolis)

"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, presented by Virtual Peaker, 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 2024 CEO Close-Up Conference and Good Government Golf Tournament, presented by Virtual Peaker, ​please contact Ijilbish Nergui via email at

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 Activities. Spouse/Guest registration fee includes access to breakfast and conference receptions.

Conference Registration Fees

NRECA Member Fee
Non-Member Fee
One-Day NRECA Member Registration Fee (January 9 or January 10)

One-Day Non-Member Registration Fee (January 9 or January 10)

Spouse/Guest Registration Fee
Pre-Conference Workshops – Sunday, January 8
Speaking in Soundbites: Media Training for Co-op CEOs
8:00 am -12:00 pm
Your Emotions are Contagious: Lead with Purpose, On Purpose
8:00 am -12:00 pm
Create Accountability Now!
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Special Events & Activities

Sunday, January 8 Women in Leadership Networking Happy Hour
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
No fee
Monday, January 9 Spouse Activity: The Magical Journey of Glass (Sponsored by Ervin Cable Construction)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Maximum number of participants: 50 (Must be registered as a Spouse/Guest to participate)
Advance registration required. Activity fee is non-refundable. Fee includes all materials to design your ornament. This activity takes place at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Ornaments will be ready to take home the following day.
Monday, January 9 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 9 – Coffee and Conversations Executive Networking (Sponsored by Osmose Utilities Services)
2:45 pm - 4:30 pm

No fee
Monday, January 9 Welcome Reception (Sponsored by CoBank)
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
No fee
Tuesday, January 10 – Spouse Activity: Naples Botanical Gardens, Lunch and Shopping Trip (Sponsored by J.P. Morgan)
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Maximum number of participants: 50 (Must be registered as a Spouse/Guest to participate)
Advance registration required. Activity fees are non-refundable. Fee includes roundtrip transportation, exclusive 1.5-hour guided garden tour, lunch and shopping time.
Tuesday, January 10 – Closing Happy Hour (Sponsored by WESCO)
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

No fee

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About the Location
As the only inhabited island in Florida’s enchanting Everglades ecosystem, Marco Island is your island getaway to the natural beauty and vitality of the Ten Thousand Islands.
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The JW Marriott does not provide shuttle transportation.

Estimated Taxi Fare from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW): $90, one way

Naples Transportation and Tours

Ground transportation to/from the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers can be arranged directly with Naples Transportation & Tours. Preferred and recommended provider for ground transportation services at the resort.

Southwest Florida International Airport

Naples Municipal Airport


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