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 2025 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 5-12, 2025 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.

Once again, this year’s Symposium kicks off with a free flowing, share group session where 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 the Big Island and relax in one of the world’s most incredible natural settings.


Fairmont Kea Lani
Wailea, Hawaii (Maui)

Newly transformed and effortlessly elegant, revel in Fairmont Kea Lani’s recently unveiled, open-air cocktail lounge Pilina offering sustainably sourced and artfully executed libations, alongside the island’s premier Hawaiian cultural center Hale Kukuna, complete with ancient artifacts and immersive programming. Indulge in the resort’s distinct collection of award-winning dining venues, discover bliss with the comprehensive spa and wellness program, or embrace poolside luxury with three sprawling swimming pools – all within steps of the sunny shores and azure waters of Polo Beach in Wailea, Maui.


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


Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the 2025 Independent Operators Symposium