CEO Roundtable

Public power utility leaders - including utility managers, executives, and senior leaders - meet and exchange ideas and information with peers.
February 13 - 15, 2022
San Diego, California

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About the CEO Roundtable

The CEO Roundtable brings public power’s leading executives together to discuss hot topics. This is a unique opportunity to hear from visionary thinkers and to and exchange ideas with your peers. 

Collaborative, growth-oriented sessions help you think strategically about the challenges facing our industry and how to better position your utility to succeed.

Who Should Attend

  • CEOs
  • Utility managers
  • Senior executives

The CEO Roundtable is open only to officials from public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations

More information

Registration Information
Phone: 202-467-2978; Email: [email protected]

Hotel Information
Phone: 202-467-2908; Email: [email protected]

Program/Content Information
Phone: 202-467-2919; Email: [email protected]

Billing Information
Phone: 202-467-2967; Fax: 202-495-7467; Email: [email protected]

Sunday, February 13

6 – 7 p.m.
Welcome Reception


Monday, February 14

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Noon
What’s Ahead for the Economy, Global Trade, and Labor

From the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to complexities with the United States’ relationship with Mexico, Canada, Europe, and China – we are all facing new supply chain constraints, workforce challenges, investment risks, and volatility. For utility leaders, the energy revolution and new drivers of growth compound these challenges and are shaping our future.

Examine how factors such as trading relationships and other geopolitical tensions are leading to trends in various economic sectors and will affect labor, skills, automation, and immigration now and into the future.

John Manzella is a nationally syndicated columnist and founder of the, a premier source for global business and economic analysis, and Manzella Trade Communications, Inc., a publishing, public affairs, and consulting firm. His views have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg, NPR, Newsday, and publications around the world – including in China and Mexico. He is the author of several books, including Global America: Understanding Global and Economic Trends and How To Ensure Competitiveness and Grasping Globalization: It's Impact and Your Corporate Response.

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Tackling Public Power’s Toughest Issues

From transforming the electric sector while maintaining reliability to building resilience and keeping rates in check, hear from a panel of national leaders shaping the discourse on the toughest issues public power leaders face today. Learn how panelists are weighing decisions on everything from the massive change out in generation resources, including at the distribution level, to strategizing for how the electric sector should respond to increasing threats from severe weather, cyber risks, and physical security hazards.

Kenneth DeFontes Jr., Board Chair, North American Electric Reliability Corporation; other panelists to be announced

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, February 15

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Noon 
Preparing for the Unexpected: The Value of Proactive Leadership in a Crisis

From hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria to the California wildfires in 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, under Brock Long’s leadership, helped communities navigate through a string of devastating natural disasters. From a storm-battered Puerto Rico to the tornado-scarred plains of the Midwest, one thing that remains true, regardless of the situation on the ground, is that having a plan in place to manage the crisis goes a long way in helping the community heal more quickly. Hear behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Long’s experiences, reflect on how to prepare for the unexpected, and gain takeaways on leadership approaches to crisis and disaster management.

Brock Long served as Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 2017–2019. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate with strong bipartisan support (95-4), Brock is the youngest Administrator to hold the office. While serving as Administrator, Brock coordinated the federal government’s response to 144 Presidentially declared disasters and 112 wildfires, including three of the nation’s most devastating hurricanes and five of the worst wildfires ever experienced. During his tenure, nearly $44 billion of disaster activity occurred under the various federal recovery programs.



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Registration Fees

The CEO Roundtable is open only to officials from public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations. Space is limited, so register early.


Before January 14

After January 14







Not yet an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save $1,345 on your CEO Roundtable registration. Call 202-467-2926 or email [email protected] to learn more. 

Group Discounts

Save money on each registration for the CEO Roundtable when your organization registers 5 or more people. The larger your group, the more you save!

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Your group discount will be automatically applied when you register a group of 5 or more people. Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders.

Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Monday, February 7, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after February 7 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2022 CEO Roundtable only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before February 7 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. 

Requests must be made in writing to: Regi[email protected].

Code of Conduct

Attendees of American Public Power Association meetings agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If attendees engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the Code of Conduct, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings with no warning or refund.

Contact Us

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The 2022 CEO Roundtable will take place at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California -- just outside of San Diego.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Escape to the San Diego coast of Carlsbad and experience Park Hyatt Aviara, a AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star luxury resort. Minutes from LEGOLAND® Calif., and the sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast, the Park Hyatt Avaiara’s spa and golf resort getaway offers world-class recreation and relaxation amid 200 lush acres of natural beauty overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon.


  • Main Telephone: (760) 448-1234
  • Group Rate: $340 (Single/Double) per night (plus 10% state and local tax, 2% City Tourism tax, $2 Carlsbad Tourism Gold Assessment Fee, and $1 California Tourism Assessment fee)
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: January 22, 2022
  • Reservation Telephone: (888) 459-4991
    • Group Code: Reference 2022 CEO Roundtable or "G-ROND"
  • Online Reservation Link 


  • Check in: 4 p.m. Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Valet Parking: $45 Overnight; $25 Day Parking 
  • Internet access: Complimentary 

Reservations & Cancellations

The cut-off date to receive the APPA group rate is January 22, 2022. If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored. If not, you may charged a higher rate. The room block may sell out before January 22, so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel using the links or telephone numbers above.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for APPA, so please make your reservations thoughtfully.

Scam Alert

Please do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. Use only the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from APPA —in conference brochures and the website at


Travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the participants (including hotel parking, WiFi, incidentals, etc.). APPA will not reimburse for changes in travel expenditures regardless of the cause.

Questions and Assistance

For questions or assistance making your hotel arrangements, please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2022 CEO Roundtable is our top priority. We are partnering with the hotel, have talked to local health officials, and are applying lessons-learned from other associations to ensure we follow all the best practices for safely hosting in-person meetings in the current environment. We are relying on everyone to do their part to keep themselves and everyone else safe during the conference.

Below are some of the steps we are taking to ensure the safety of all meeting participants, and our expectations for all conference participants. All participants must agree to abide by these standards before they will be permitted to attend the conference. 

What attendees must do

When you register

All participants must agree to abide by APPA's safety protocols before registering for the conference. Your registration implies your consent to adhere to these standards. 

These protocols may include wearing a mask at all times in public areas; engaging in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices; submitting to daily health screenings and temperature checks; and not attending the conference if you are ill, actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Safety protocols (including mask requirements) will be updated as the situation evolves and will be communicated to all participants before the event. 

Pre-Event Health Assessment 

Registrants will be asked to complete a self-assessment prior to traveling to the event. Participants do not need to submit a separate form; but we ask all attendees to honestly answer these questions to help us protect all conference attendees, staff, and the local community. 

  1. Have you had any of the following NEW or UNUSUAL-FOR-YOU symptoms within the past 72 hours? 
    • Fever of 100.4 degrees or above, or possible fever-like symptoms such as alternating chills and sweating.
    • Frequent cough (not a chronic cough or your normal seasonal allergies)
    • Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or severe wheezing 
    • Muscle or body aches that are not exercise related
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of smell or taste 
    • Headache
  2. Have you, or anyone in your household or group, tested positive or are awaiting test results for COVID-19?
  3. Do you, or anyone in your household or group, have the symptoms of COVID-19 as listed above?
  4. Are you currently subject to a stay-at-home order from your doctor or state or local requirements to quarantine, isolate, or stay at home? 

If you answer YES to any of these questions, please STAY AT HOME. Please send your cancellation request to [email protected].

COVID Test Recommended 

We are recommending (not requiring) all participants get a COVID test 3 days before the conference; and again 3 days after returning home. 

Anyone who tests positive before the conference should stay home. If anyone tests positive after the conference, they should email Amy Rigney-Gay, APPA’s Vice President of Human Resources & Administration, at [email protected] to confidentially report so we can try to conduct contact tracing.

On-site Safety Protocols

The safety of all conference participants is our top priority. All conference participants must: 

  1. Follow APPA mask policy (if masks are deemed required for this event). 
  2. Adhere to CDC, and state and local guidance before and during the event. 
  3. Complete the health check-in each day before entering the APPA meeting space (see below).
  4. Sign in at your table at each session you attend.
  5. Engage in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices.
  6. Be respectful of all other attendees and their comfort levels.
  7. Not attend the event if you are ill, actively experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have recently been in close contact with someone who is experiencing COVID symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  8. Notify APPA’s Vice President of Human Resources & Administration at [email protected] if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home.

On-site Daily Health Check-in

Each day of the conference, all participants will be required to complete a short health questionnaire, as many of us do when we come into the office. No medical tests are required; APPA will not ask for any medical records, test results, or proof of vaccination. 

The daily health check-in will be a simple online form, asking participants to self-certify that: 

  • You are not currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms that can't be explained by something else;
  • You have not recently come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; and 
  • You are continuing to follow CDC and local guidance. 

Participants must complete the daily health check-in before entering the APPA meeting space. A link will be emailed to attendees in advance, and will be available through the conference mobile app.

Show your completion screen when you arrive at the meeting space each morning to receive a colored wristband. 

  • When you complete the questionnaire, you will get a screen telling you to proceed to the meeting. Simply show this screen on your mobile device to verify you have completed your daily check in.
  • If you aren't able to show your completion screen, someone will look you up by name to verify you have completed your check-in. 

Your wristband is required for entry into all APPA sessions and activities. It also confers in-and-out privileges; once you receive your wristband for the day, you can enter and exit the APPA meeting space freely just by showing your wristband.

What we are doing

Personal Safety

APPA will take the following steps to ensure the health and safety of all meeting participants:

  • All participants (including attendees, speakers, sponsors, guests and staff) will agree to and be required to follow safety protocols put in place by APPA.
  • All participants must complete a daily health questionnaire before entering the meeting space. Attendees will receive a wristband confirming they have completed the daily check in so they may enter/exit the meeting space without having to complete it again on that day.
  • Masks are required in all APPA meeting areas and at official APPA functions, except when eating or drinking.

Meeting experience

APPA is examining every aspect of the in-person meeting experience to ensure we are taking all appropriate precautions to protect the safety of participants, including:

  • Modifying room seating and event layouts to allow for social distancing.
  • Redesigning networking opportunities to accommodate social distancing while still facilitating meaningful conversations and exchanges.
  • Holding networking events outdoors, whenever possible. 
  • Making changes at our registration desk to alleviate congestion and reduce contact points.
  • During sessions, Q&A will be administered through the conference mobile app (instead of shared microphones). 
  • APPA may employ assigned seating, queued entrances, or timed entrance and exits of meeting rooms to manage crowd control and accommodate room capacity limits, according to state or local mandates. 

Cleaning and hygiene 

APPA is working with the hotel to ensure the cleanliness of the meeting facilities. 

  • APPA will develop and institute a cleaning and sanitizing schedule with the hotel that meets the specific needs of the conference and our attendees. 
  • High-touch surfaces within the meeting space will be cleaned multiple times a day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned throughout the meeting space.
  • Additional hygienic supplies, including disinfectant wipes, gloves, and disposable masks, will be made available to attendees. 
  • APPA is working with the hotel to ensure all hotel culinary and banquet team members adhere to strict guidelines for the preparation, handling and serving of food & beverages. 
  • APPA will keep attendees updated on the hotel’s COVID related practices and protocols.  


Contact us at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the CEO Roundtable?

The 2022 CEO Roundtable will take place February 13-15, in San Diego, California.

What educational credits are available?

Academy events include the following opportunities for educational credits:

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Earn up to 10.8 CPE credit hours in the Specialized Knowledge field of study for attending the meeting. All sessions are intermediate-level, group-live offerings with no prerequisites and no advance preparation required. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, contact [email protected].

Learn more about continuing education units offered. 

Are meals included?

The following food functions/meals are included in the registration fee:

  • Sunday: Reception 
  • Monday: Continental breakfast, lunch, and reception 
  • Tuesday: Continental breakfast

What is the dress code?

The attire for the event is business casual. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.

I am interested in presenting at the conference — how can I do that?

We welcome your topic and speaker ideas for future conferences and events. To submit your idea for consideration, complete this form. Conference topics are generally determined 6-8 months before the event is held. Ideas will be kept on file for a full year, so if the agenda for the conference has already been determined, your ideas will be considered for the next year’s event, or in case any space opens up for the upcoming program. You will be contacted only if your idea is selected for an upcoming conference.