CEOs Spring Conference

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 8:30 AM - Thursday, April 4, 2024 12:00 PM (CDT)


April 3-4, 2024 (W 8:30-4, Th 8:30-12)
The Park Event Center, Waite Park, MN


AGENDA (Subject to Change)

Wednesday, April 3

8:00am    Welcome - Adam Tromblay, CLAC Chair
8:10am    Leveraging Artificial Intelligence at your Cooperative - Matt Gilley, CEO, Great Co-ops
9:10am    Physical and Cyber Security - Carter Manucy, NRECA

10:15am  Break
10:30am  Culture Today and Tomorrow - Matt Gilley, CEO Great Co-ops
11:30am  Lunch

12:30pm  How To Ace Your Next Media Interview - Todd Rapp, Owner, and Todd Stone, Chief of Staff,  Rapp Strategies, Inc
2:00pm    Legislative & Regulatory Update - Jenny Glumack and Dan Lipschultz, MREA
3:00pm    Break

3:15pm    Communications Program Updates - Joe Miller, Director of Communications, MREA
3:30pm    CEO and Board Relationships/Best Practices - Susan Olander, Vice President & General Council, Federated Rural Electric 
                  Insurance Exchange 
4:30pm    Adjourn
5:30pm    Reception and Dinner with Vendors

Thursday, April 13

8:00am    Economic Forecast and Rate Trends - Andrew Don, CEO, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation
9:00am    GRIP Round 2 Topic 1 and Topic 3 and New ERA overviews and Next Steps - 

                  - Kristi Robinson, Director of Operations, STAR Energy Services 
                  - Jim Weikert, Vice President of Utility Automation & Communication, PSE 
9:45am    MREA's Safety Program - Anthony Lenz, Director of Safety, MREA
10:00am   Break
10:15am   Vehicle to Grind and Other Opportunities as Electrification Accelerates - Keith Dennis, President, Beneficial Electrification League

11:15am   CEO Roundtable - CLAC elections at September meeting
12:00pm   Evaluations and Closing

Platinum and Gold vendors are welcome to sponsor and attend dinners and networking.

The sponsorship includes one attendee, for additional attendees please reach out to Amanda Meredith at, she will assist in getting your team members registered.


Residence Inn by Marriott
450 Division Street
Waite Park, MN

Residence Inn Booking Link

Hilton Garden Inn
550 Division Street
Waite Park, MN

Hilton Garden Inn Booking Link

MREA is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment for all participants and staff in MREA meetings, conferences, training programs, and events both online and in-person. All Event participants including but not limited to attendees, speakers, exhibitors, staff, students, guests and vendors, are expected to abide by this MREA Event Code of Conduct, and this code applies to all space and situations in which MREA meeting-related activities are being conducted, including virtual meetings and those sponsored by organizations other than MREA but held in conjunction with MREA Events. Participation constitutes agreement to comply with the Code of Conduct as a condition of attendance. 

All events in 2024 will be subject to a $50 late registration fee for anyone that registers less than 2 weeks prior to the published event dates.

The Park Event Center
500 Division Street
Waite Park, MN United States
Event Contact
Amanda Meredith
(763) 424-7232
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Wednesday, April 3, 2024 8:30 AM - Thursday, April 4, 2024 12:00 PM (CDT)

Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am - 12:00pm

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