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. 8
Pre-Conference Workshops | Jan. 8
Conference | Jan. 9-10​

​JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Marco Island, Florida​

Leading staff, working 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-ops 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 c​rucial.

​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 c
an’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 is a fundraiser that supports a variety of political engagement activities to further the interests of America's electric cooperatives.​​

The tournament is a great opportunity for candid conversations in a relaxed, fun environment. It will be held on two 18-hole championship golf courses, The Rookery at Marco and Hammock Bay. Reception immediately following at the JW Marriott Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort.

​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 ​2023 ​CEO Close-Up Conference and Good Government Golf Tournament, 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

The conference registration fee includes access to all conference materials, general sessions, breakout sessions, breakfast each morning, Thursday and Friday lunch and receptions. Separate fees are required for pre-and post-conference workshops and spouse activities as listed below.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all times shown are Phoenix local time (Mountain time zone).

Conference Registration Fee – NRECA Member


One-Day Member Registration Fee – Monday, January 10 or Tuesday, January 11
Pre-Conference Workshop – Sunday, January 9
Speaking in Soundbites: Media Training for Co-op CEOs
8:00 am -12:00 pm

Post-Conference Workshops – Wednesday, January 12

CEOs Role in Leading Change
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Inclusive Leadership for Recruitment and Retention of Your Workforce
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Indestructible Communications: Protect Your Brand and Reclaim Control During Crisis
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Navigating the Waters of Board Dynamics: 12 Ways to Building a Better
CEO-Board Relationship
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Special Events & Activities

Sunday, January 9 Good Government Golf Tournament & Reception
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday, January 9 Women in Power Networking Event
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
No fee
Sunday, January 9 Hospitality Suite (Sponsored by GridLiance)
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Open to all conference registrants.
No fee
Sunday, January 9 Hospitality Suite (Sponsored by Wolf Line Contstruction)
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Open to all conference registrants.
No fee
Monday, January 10 – Spouse Activity: Desert Belle Cruise on Saguaro Lake
9:30 am - 3:00 pm (Times are approximate—subject to change.)
Maximum number of participants: 50
Advance registration required. Activity fees are non-refundable. Fee includes transportation, snacks, drinks, cruise and lunch.
Monday, January 10 – Welcome Reception (Sponsored by CoBank)
You are welcome to bring one guest.
No fee
Tuesday, January 11 – Spouse Activity: Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour, Lunch and Optional Shopping Trip
10:00 am - 2:45 pm (Times are approximate—subject to change.)
Maximum number of participants: 40
Advance registration required. Activity fees are non-refundable. Fee includes transportation, snacks, tour and lunch.
Tuesday, January 11 – CEO Luncheon (Sponsored by CFC)
Electric cooperative CEOs/general managers and NRECA Voting Members only. Registration requested.
No fee
Tuesday, January 11 - Hospitality Suite (Sponsored by Wolf Line Construction)
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Open to all conference registrants.
No fee

Photo Highlights from 2022 CEO Close-Up

Click here for more Good Government Golf Tournament and 2022 conference photos in Phoenix​.

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About the Location
Phoenix the capital city of Arizona ranks as one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation and commonly referred to as the "Valley of the Sun." In Phoenix, you will find Frank Lloyd Wright's Tallesin West winter home and studio.
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The hotel does not provide shuttle transportation.

Estimated Taxi Fare from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: $64, one way

UberX: $50-54, one way

Transtyle Transportation
$75 per vehicle (not per person), one way
Reservations: Book online or call 1-800-410-5479

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