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Directors Conference

December 07 - 10, 2014

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Palm Desert, CA

Your price:


CUES Member$1,445.00

Director Member$1,695.00



JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Rates at Desert Springs, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa are $168 per night for single/double occupancy plus a $1.00 resort fee. This resort fee includes, Self Parking, High Speed Internet Access, Local Calls, evening Refresh, Bottled Water (2), Spa Fitness Center, The Greens – 18-hole putting course, Lawn games and Golf Bag Storage at the Resort. Please make your hotel reservations prior to Thursday, November 13, 2014, by calling 877.622.3140 and mentioning Credit Union Executives Society or by reserving your room online.

Hotel arrangements are strictly between you and the hotel.  The hotel will accept reservations after November 13 based on availability; however, rooms may be gone before then so early reservations are recommended.  Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. The hotel offers great amenities, discounted rates and the best networking opportunities available.  Staying within CUES’ room block will help keep registration prices down.

Car Rental
Hertz is the official car rental company for this meeting. You can take advantage of their discounted rates by placing your reservation online or through the Hertz Meeting Sales Desk in the U.S. at 800.654.2240, from within Canada call 800.263.0600; refer to meeting CV#02ZG0010.

Air Travel
CUES conference participants may call Fox World Travel for airfare reservations at 877.230.4466 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. CST.

Optional Events
Enhance your conference experience with these optional activities available for you and your guest.

Golf Tournament
Sunday, December 7

Your choice of play your own ball or scramble scoring.
Join us for a one-day golf tournament on one of Desert Springs’ exceptional 18-hole championship courses. The registration fee of $200 includes golf, cart rental, breakfast, prizes and refreshments, with rental clubs available for an additional $75.

Desert Foodie Tour
Tuesday, December 9

Taste your way around Palm Spring’s most delicious spots on a custom foodie tour in either posh El Paseo or hip Palm Canyon Drive (select location choice when registering). This 1.5 mile, 3-hour guided walking tour includes tastings at six restaurants/specialty shops and transportation. Between each tasting, participants will learn about the art, history and culture of the area. The registration fee is $175 and space is very limited.


  • Pacifica Seafood: White Fish Ceviche served with House-made Corn Chips
  • Ristorante Mamma Gina: Homemade Gnocchi Gorgonzola
  • Pastry Swan’s Fix: Date Bar
  • Savory Spice Shop: Taste a variety of Herbs & Spices, plus Take Home a Sample
  • 3rd Corner Wine Shop: Market Fresh Flatbread and Taste of Red and White Wine
  • Clementine Gourmet Marketplace: Opera Bar (Layers of Chocolate, Hazelnut, Espresso)


Palm Canyon Tour Stops: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

  • Kaiser Grille: Prime Rib Slider with Blue Cheese, Grilled Onions on Focaccia.
  • Village Pub: Baja Style Shrimp Taco, Salsa, Refried Beans
  • Tutti Frutti: Date Shake and Fresh Fruit Frozen Yogurt Samples
  • Olive A’ Sudden: Taste a Variety of Olive Oils, Balsamics, plus Take Home a Sample
  • Bill’s Pizza: Slice of Award Winning Pizza: 4 Cheese plus Feta, Artichoke Hearts, Red Onions, Cooked Spinach, Tomatoes on Sourdough Crust
  • Lulu California Bistro: Flourless Triple Chocolate Cake


Living Desert
Tuesday, December 9

Palm Desert Wildlife & Botanical Park is a non-profit education and conservation center housing the Living Desert, a unique zoological facility with over 400 desert animals representing 130 species. From coyotes to bighorn sheep, oryz to zebras, jaguar to meerkats, the park is truly a living testament to the diversity of the desert. Hop on board a shuttle and enjoy a private Safari Riding Tour, including narration, and a behind the scenes look at the District Commissioner’s House and Wildlife Hospital. The registration fee of $125, includes a box lunch, transportation, admission and riding tour.

Spouse/Guest Program
Enhance your conference experience by sharing it with a guest. Flexible packages allow your companion to join in for meals and designated events.  Options include:

  1. Spouse/Guest Program $595: Includes Sunday’s welcome celebration; breakfast Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; and one Monday tour with lunch (choices below)
  2. Meal Plan Only $400: Includes welcome celebration; breakfast Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Monday, December 8

Whip out your whisk and straighten your chef’s hat as you attend an exclusive, interactive demonstration of culinary techniques at Copley on Palm Canyon restaurant. Housed in the former Cary Grant estate, the day’s class will cover a three-course meal, including appetizer, entrée and dessert. Enjoy participating in the creations and tasting the fruits of your labor. Bon Appetit!

Monday, December 8

Lush vineyards arrayed over rolling hills, rich grapes ripening in the afternoon sun, the rustle of a fresh breeze through a matrix of winding vines, can be found in the picturesque Temecula Valley Wine Country. Enjoy a tour and tasting of two of the premiere wineries nestled within the hills of the community, Maurice Car’rie Winery and Wilson Creek Winery. Complete this  tour with a delectable lunch served at the second winery.

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