Recent CEObuilder Retreats

Annual retreats are an important part of CEObuilder.  These retreats serve three primary purposes: (1) to provide unique business training experiences through visits, tours, speakers and expert presentations, (2) to create new business connections for members–between each other and those organizations and businesses we visit, and (3) to provide attractive venues where members and spouses will enjoy a well-earned getaway together. Spouses are invited to come on retreats.

Retreats are generally held in August or September.  Typically, members travel on Wednesday or Thursday of a retreat week.  The first event of most retreats is a no-host dinner on the first evening where members and their spouses gather to enjoy a great meal and to review the events planned for the next few days. Friday is typically a day of business tours, visits and presentations, with Saturday as a day for recreation and entertainment.  Sunday is a day for either travel home–or personal time for extended visits at the option of members.

During the day of the business visits, the group eats lunch  together. Each member of the specific group covers their own expenses and the expenses of their CEObuilder coach to attend the retreat (flight, vehicle, food, hotel, etc.). Retreats are always memorable and have been a highlight of CEObuilder membership for both members and spouses.

Several of the past CEO Forum retreat destinations, purposes and activities  include:


Dallas/Fort Worth


  • Tour of Oil Industry (XTO Energy Gallery) and Cattle Industry (Cattle Raisers Museum) exhibits at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Oil industry presentation by Bennie Kniffen, former Senior Executive Vice-President & Controller of XTO Energy
  • Tour of Lockheed Martin Plant (F-35 Fighter Jet Manufacturing) conducted by Mike Stuckey, Vice-President Engineering
  • Fort Worth Art Festival
  • Tour of U.S. Mint, paper currency manufacturing plant
  • VIP Tour of Dallas Cowboys Stadium
  • MLB baseball game between the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners
  • Fine dining at the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in the Fort Worth Stockyards district
  • Accommodations at the Fort Worth Marriott
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Palo Alto/Monterey


  • Tour of IDEO corporate offices in Palo Alto
  • Presentation by IDEO executives on Design Thinking
  • Tour of Estech medical device manufacturing and distribution company in San Ramon, California
  • Presentation by Estech executives regarding cardiac medical devices and their manufacturing processes
  • Four Star accommodations at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose
  • Fine dining at the Dolce Hayes Mansion
  • A day in Monterey, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the 17-Mile Scenic Drive through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula
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  • Tour of Fluke Corporation manufacturing facility, including presentation on Lean Manufacturing
  • Tour of Boeing plant and aeronautical museum
  • Tour of the Pike Market
  • MLB game between the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins
  • Puget Sound Dinner Cruise
  • Accommodations at the Pan Pacific Hotel
  • Evening of fine dining
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Las Vegas


  • Presentation by Reneé West, CEO of Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort, MGM Properties
  • VIP Tour of Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort
  • Tour of Shelby (Mustang) Plant at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Accommodations at Excalibur Casino & Resort
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Zion Ponderosa Ranch


  • Presentation by David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue Airlines
  • Recreation activities at the resort
  • Tour of Zion National Park
  • Four Star Accommodations
  • Evening of fine dining
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Blue Boar INN, Midway, Utah


  • Overnight CEO & Spouse Get-Away of fine dining, bed and breakfast
  • Golf at the Wasatch State Park Golf Course
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  • Scenic Amtrak train ride from Salt Lake City to Denver
  • Private meeting with Larry McMorris, owner of the Colorado Rockies, presentation on negotiation based on MLB owners versus MLB Players Association
  • MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds
  • Tour of the Colorado State Capitol
  • Elitch Gardens
  • Evening of fine dining
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Washington D.C.


  • Presentation by U.S. Senator Robert F. Bennett
  • Private meeting with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Private meeting with the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
  • White House Tour
  • S. Capitol Tour
  • S. Supreme Court Tour
  • Library of Congress Tour
  • National Archives
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • National Mall (Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and the Washington Monument)
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Accommodations at the Crystal City Marriott
  • Evening of fine dining and theatre at the Kennedy Center
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San Diego


  • “Psychology of Effective Leadership” presentation to CEOs and their spouses
  • San Diego Harbor Cruise
  • Breakfast Buffet at the Del Coronado Hotel
  • Balboa Park Tour
  • San Diego Trolley
  • Tour of San Diego and Tijuana
  • Evening of fine dining and theatre
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  • Tour of the Harvard Business School campus
  • Tour of the U.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides) & Museum
  • Boston Harbor Cruise
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Freedom Trail
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