Independent Operators Symposium

A Meaningful Retreat

The Independent Operators Symposium offers a timely opportunity to pause, reflect, and find inspiration for the year ahead.

Imagine a place where you can reinvest in yourself, revitalize your creative spirit, and shift your focus to the long-term health of your business.

The 2023 Independent Operators Symposium offers a stress-free place to step back from the day-to-day and refocus on your personal and professional priorities. Surrounded by your peers and business partners, this annual retreat provides a uncommon experience where attendees can safely share the obstacles to their growth and learn new perspectives on the path forward.

We invite you to gather for a week of inspiring speakers, practical share group discussions, and just the right setting to give yourself a much-needed break.

Join us January 7-14, 2023, at the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort, Maui to rejuvenate your spirit and improve the health of your business. You will come away with a renewed energy and fresh ideas that will benefit your business for years to come!

Each year CGA assembles an impressive line-up of well-respected experts to address some of the key opportunities and challenges facing today’s independent grocery business leaders.

Educational sessions are designed to be informative and interactive, with ample time for dialogue and to share best practices. You’ll return from the symposium with fresh ideas and a renewed drive to improve your business for years to come.

View our lineup of inspiring speakers here.

Coffee with Counsel returns! Once again, this year’s Symposium will host a free flowing, share group session with Dale Stern, CGA’s General Counsel, and partner at Downey Brand. Owners will contribute to discussions on employer/employee challenges, store marketing and merchandising methods, thorny compliance issues, and emerging opportunities.


The Independent Operators Symposium is a perfect blend of inspirational educational programming coupled with entertaining social events and plenty of free time to enjoy Maui and relax in one of the world’s most incredible natural settings.

View the full schedule of events here.


Fairmont Kea Lani Resort

Located on 22 oceanside acres of Maui’s coveted Wailea coast, the Fairmount Kea Lani is a lush paradise with an award winning spa, glittering ocean views, six seasonally-driven dining options, and 42,000 sq. ft. of dedicated indoor and outdoor meeting space.

Steps from Polo Beach, the resort features luxurious all-suite and villa accommodations with up to three bedrooms for the perfect family friendly beach retreat.

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Email Beth Wright, CGA, or call (916) 448-3545.


Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the 2023 Independent Operators Symposium.