The 2016 VERICO Retreat

Join us for an unforgettable resort experience in sunny Desert Springs

We want to create unique memories with you, enjoying the warm days and classy nights that make a California Classic.

Be prepared for 3 days of team-building, networking and entertainment.

You don't want to miss California Classic, the 2016 VERICO Retreat.

California Classic at a glance

Networking Opportunities

  • Strengthen existing professional relationships
  • Meet new allies in the industry
  • Have the unique chance to create memories and shared experiences

Get Inspired

  • Learn from industry leaders how to overcome obstacles and find success
  • Gain new perspectives from a selection of excellent speakers
  • Discuss best practices from a range of marketplaces

Be Entertained

  • Choose the adventures you want to experience
  • Attend performances from world-renowned entertainers
  • Let yourself loose in VERICO's first-class events


September 30 to October 2, 2016 @ J W Marriott Desert Springs


9:00AM - 2:00PM
Golf at the Valley Course
* Additional registration is required

Sponsored by
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Welcome Reception
VERICO rolls out the red carpet to kick-off the 2016 California Classic Retreat


9:00AM - 5:00PM
Choose Your Adventure!
Explore scenic Palm Desert with your peers and lenders

5:00PM - 6:00PM
A Swinging Affair
Cocktail Reception

6:00PM - 10:00PM
Rat Pack Supper Club
Awards Dinner with legendary Vegas performer Bob Anderson
Sponsored by
Sponsored by Genworth


8:00AM - 9:00AM

9:00AM - 9:45AM
State of Affairs
An update on the economy with Michael Campbell

9:45AM - 10:40AM
Tech Panel
With the architects of the major software available for brokers

10:40AM - 10:50AM

10:50AM - 11:45AM
Broker Panel

11:45AM - 1:15PM
Lunch and Laughter
With Emmy Award winner comedian, director and producer David Steinberg

Sponsored by
Sponsored by First National
1:15PM - 2:15PM
Featuring international best-selling author and speaker Todd Duncan

Closing Comments


Bob Anderson

When Las Vegas celebrated its 50th anniversary, the Las Vegas Review Journal - Nevada’s largest daily news paper -asked its readers to name their all time favorite Vegas acts. Bob was one of the TOP 20 acts, between Barbra Streisand and Ray Charles. From Paris, to Monte Carlo, to New York City and Las Vegas, Bob’s powerful voice, engaging style and incredible talent captivates music lovers of every generation. His show is a tribute to the composers, arrangers, musicians, and singers that make up The Great American Songbook.

Michael Campbell

One of Canada's most respected business analyst, Michael is VERICO's Economic Consultant. He is best known as the host of Canada's top rated radio show MoneyTalks, and Senior Business Analyst for BCTV News on Global. His outstanding investing track record has been recognized by internationally renowned analysts and have helped thousands make and saved money based on his analysis of market trends and opportunities.

Todd Duncan

Todd’s favorite thing to do is speak. Todd believes that every speech should transform a life. He presents with passion and conviction and he knows how to deliver proven results. Mentored by the worlds best, Todd has a fresh, relevant and leading-edge voice. You feel it every time, every speech, every minute.

David Steinberg

The New York Times called David Steinberg “a comic institution himself”. A legendary comedian, David is now regarded as one of the best and most creative directors working in television. He has directed numerous episodes of Friends, Seinfeld, Mad About You, and other hit TV series. He has earned several DGA and Emmy awards and nominations for his work and career. When David is in the room, intelligent humour and quality laughter abounds.

Tours and Activities

Network members and their guests will have plenty of time to explore the unique landscapes of Palm Desert.

VERICO will coordinate the offering of activities if there is sufficient interest for attendance.

Please indicate all of the activities in which you would like to participate when you submit your registration.

All activities will take approximately 4 hours and require a minimum of 20 participants. Optional lunch can be included with each activity.

Palm Springs Aerial Tram

  • The rotating cable cars guide passengers up Mt. Jacinto State Park and Wilderness.From the Sonoran desert to an Alpine forest in 15 minutes aboard one of the world's most spectacular rides!
  • From $70 USD per person

Jeep Adventure on Indian Canyons

  • Take a ride through the stunning Indian Canyons! This adventure will offer breathtaking views of the unique landscapes in the Coachella Valley.
  • $1125 USD per Jeep with up to 7 people
  • Maximum of 14 Jeeps available

Celebrity Homes Tour

  • Acclaimed as the “playground of the stars” since the early days of Hollywood, Palm Springs boasts the luxurious homes of such old time favorites as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Cary Grant. Get an up close and personal look at some of Palm Springs’ most celebrated homes.
  • From $55 USD per person

Hot Air Ballooning

  • The most spectacular way to take in the unique beauty of the desert landscapes.
  • $245 USD per person
  • Maximum of 50 people per group

El Paseo Shopping Shuttle

  • Guests will enjoy a relaxing day of exquisite shopping and fine dining. El Paseo is the desert resort’s world class shopping avenue featuring a tree-lined promenade with contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibits along the flowering median. Over 250 shops in one location.
  • Hourly Vehicle Rates

Fly over the Palm Springs Valley

  • Take the ride of your life in a restored vintage 1930 biplane. Enjoy majestic views of the Valley from the front seat of the open-air cockpit. Request your preference between a serene and scenic rie or a thrilling and acrobatic one!
  • $250 USD per person
  • 20 people per hour

Join us at one of the most beautiful golf courses in California!

Valley Course at J. W. Marriott
Hollywood stars and golf pros have been teeing off here for years - for good reason.

True to Ted Robinson's signature style, there's more water on the beautifully landscaped championship courses than you can shake a 9-iron at.

The course feature 35 acres of sparkling streams, lakes and cascading waterfalls, along with pot bunkers and large, sweeping sand traps, as well as one of the most picturesque settings in the Coachella Valley.

Registration With Club Rental

  • $142.50 CAD + tax

Registration Only

  • $76 CAD + tax
*No cancellations accepted

J W Marriott Desert Springs

Hotel Reservation Information

VERICO & J W Marriott have worked hard to bring an attractive price package exclusively for VERICO Members. To book a room, please click the below button to visit the VERICO Room Registration page from J W Marriott.
It is the attendees's responsibility to submit a credit card or a deposit equal to the first nights room/suite rate, plus resort fee and tax as a guarantee, at the time of of the reservation. Hotel must be advised of cancellations 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid the cancellation fees of the first night rate.
If you would like to book by a phone, please call the general reservation center at 1-760-341-2211 and mention VERICO.