Board of Directors Minutes: June 2002

Board of Directors Minutes: June 2002

INTERNATIONAL BOTTLED WATER ASSOCIATION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Park Hyatt Washington Hotel

Park Ballroom B-C

Washington, DC

Thursday, June 13, 2002

9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

MINUTES

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, Doug Oberhamer, Deep Rock Water Co., who announced the presence of a quorum. Those present were:

 

Officers

Doug Oberhamer, Chairman, Deep Rock Water Co.

Mike Verrochi, Vice Chairman, Blue Hills Spring Water, Inc.

Timothy Fallon, Secretary/Treasurer, Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd.

William G. Bell, Past Chairman, Tyler Mountain Water Co.

 

Directors

Dan Geiger, Alpine Spring Water Co., Inc.

H.R. Hidell, III, Hidell-Eyster, International

Scott Hoover, Roaring Springs Bottling

Kim Jeffrey, Nestle Waters North America, Inc.

Marwan Nesicolaci, Severn Trent Services – UAT

Steve Raupe, Eureka Water Co.

Anthony Salamone, Sunroc Corporation

Chris Saxman, Shenandoah Valley Water Co.

Chris White, Suntory Water Group

Marcus Wren, III, Music Mountain Water Co.

 

IBWA Staff/Counsel

Joe Doss, IBWA President

Robert P. Brady, Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P.

 

II. Approval of the Minutes

It was MOVED AND SECONDED to approve the minutes of the January 18, 2002, Board of Directors Meeting. MOTION CARRIED.

 

III. Special Ceremony

Chairman Oberhamer and Deputy Chief of Research of the United States Forest Service Dr. Robert Lewis signed a Memorandum of Understanding signaling a formalized relationship between the two organizations. Through this partnership, the Association and the U.S. Forest Service will work jointly on projects that promote environmental stewardship and watershed conservation education.

 

IV. Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Tim Fallon reported that the April 2002 financials prepared by the Association’s accountant indicate that overall revenues are slightly ahead of budget. However, that will correct itself as the year progresses and we begin to incur expenses for the trade show, convention and other projects. At this time, we project that total revenue for the year will come in as budgeted.

The largest single source of revenue for IBWA is membership dues, which are coming in ahead of budget. Notices for second-half dues payments will be sent to members by the end of June. At this time, we estimate that total dues revenue for the year will come in as budgeted.

Total expenses to date are less than budgeted. Again, that should correct itself as we begin to incur costs associated with the convention and trade show. At this time, we do not anticipate any significant unbudgeted expenses. It was MOVED AND SECONDED to accept the Secretary/Treasurers report. MOTION CARRIED.

 

V. Committee Reports

Executive Committee

NSDA

Chairman Oberhamer discussed the need to continue to build a strong working relationship with the National Soft Drink Association (NSDA). The Association will be proactive and seek to work with NSDA on common issues, such as groundwater management. Joe Doss was instructed to formalize a relationship in this regard with NSDA.

WFE

Chairman Oberhamer reported that the Association will soon sign a joint venture agreement to become a sponsor of the Worldwide Food Expo (WFE). This decision was approved by the Board on March 6, 2002, by way of concurrence to a memorandum distributed to the Board by Joe Doss. In 2003, the IBWA convention and trade show will be held in conjunction with WFE on October 29 – November 1 in Chicago, Illinois. The WFE will have a capacity of 550,000 net square feet and is expected to attract approximately 24,000 attendees. While the size of the WFE is much larger than our usual show, the Association will have an excellent position on the show floor, our own headquarters hotel and the usual general session and educational seminars. In 2004, the Association and several dairy food exhibitors from the WFE will meet jointly in Tampa, Florida, on September 26-October 2. We anticipate a show size of approximately 65,000 net square feet and 5,000 attendees.

It was MOVED AND SECONDED to accept the Executive Committee report. MOTION CARRIED.

 

Drinking Water Research Foundation

Chairman Jack West, Puro Filter Company, presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Drinking Water Research Foundation meeting held Tuesday, June 11, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

Nominating Committee

Chairman Bill Bell, Tyler Mountain Water Co., presented the report. The following slate of directors was presented for approval for a 3-year term beginning October 2002:

 

Dave Holdener, Nicolet Forest Bottling Co.

Marwan Nesicolaci, Severn Trent Services – UAT

Mike Reardon, Culligan International Co.

Chris Saxman, Shenandoah Valley Water Co.

Jim Waldeck, Nestle Waters North America, Inc., Canada

Chris White, Suntory Water Group, Inc. (Secretary/Treasurer)

It was MOVED AND SECONDED to approve the nomination of the slate of directors presented. MOTION CARRIED.

 

Technical Committee

Technical Committee Co-Chair Tom Condon, Suntory Water Group, Inc. presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Technical Committee meeting held Tuesday, June 11, 2002, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

The D/DBP Task Force was reformed in response to the listing of bromate on California’s Proposition 65 list and will focus on establishing a safe harbor. The Packaging Task Force was formalized into a standing subcommittee, with Kevin Mathews, Nestle Waters North America, Inc., as chairman. The Virus Task Force was also elevated to a standing subcommittee, with Tom Condon, Suntory Water Group, serving as chairman. Uranium and perchlorate will be part of the 2003 monitoring tests.

 

Government Relations

Government Relations Committee Co-Chair, Donna Cirolia, presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Government Relations Committee meeting, Wednesday, June 12, 2002, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes. It was noted that approximately 80 separate visits to congressional offices took place on Wednesday, June 12, as part of the Association Capital Hill lobbying effort.

 

It was MOVED and SECONDED to approve the following Bottled Water Safety and Security policy statement, as offered by the Government Relations Committee:

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is dedicated to ensuring the safety and quality of bottled water. Bottled water producers utilize a multi-barrier approach, from source to finished product that helps ensure the safety and high quality of the product. IBWA is committed to preventing potential adverse events, both natural and man made, through monitoring and testing, risk assessment, appropriate controls and procedures, and diligence. Cooperation and the sharing of information between the bottled water industry and governmental agencies will provide the appropriate evaluations and responses to potentially hazardous events.

 

MOTION CARRIED

It was MOVED and SECONDED to approve the following Bottled Water Packaging policy statement, as offered by the Government Relations Committee:

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is dedicated to the comprehensive management of bottled water packaging to provide the highest quality, cost effective and environmentally responsible containers possible. IBWA and its members approach packaging issues in a manner emphasizing the most effective and efficient solutions to reduce the strain on the environment while taking into account the equal responsibility of all solid waste generators. Consideration must also be given to behavioral solutions, such as public education and enforcement of existing recycling and litter control laws.

 

MOTION CARRIED

It was MOVED and SECONDED to update the following section of the Model Code:

Rule (3)(f)(4) regarding multi-use equipment

 

MOTION CARRIED

Communications Committee

Communications Committee Co-Chair Chris Dunn, Suntory Water Group, presented this report. A copy of the minutes of the Communications Committee meeting, Thursday, June 13, 2002, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

Special Guest

United State Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) was introduced by Joe Doss to address the Board. Sen. Craig discussed and had encouraging advise on important Association issues such as groundwater legislation, FDA rulemaking and bioterrorism legislation.

 

Supplier Committee

Supplier Committee Chair Rick Hess, Hess Machine, International, presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Supplier Committee meeting, Tuesday, June 11, 2002, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

It was MOVED and SECONDED to reaffirm the Board’s earlier decision to become a sponsor of the Worldwide Food Expo in 2003.

 

MOTION CARRIED

Awards Committee

Awards Committee Co-Chair Sharon Geiger, Alpine Spring Water Co., Inc., presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Award Committee meeting, Tuesday, June 11, 2002, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

Membership Committee

Membership Committee Chair Andy Mooradian, Blue Hills Spring Water, Inc., presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Membership Committee meeting held Tuesday, June 11, 2001, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

Education Committee

Education Committee Chairman Glen Davis, Absopure Water Co., presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Education Committee meeting held Tuesday, June 11, 2002, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

State Association Presidents Committee

State Association Presidents Committee Chair, Bryan Hendrix, South East Bottled Water Association, presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the State Association Presidents Committee meeting, Tuesday, June 11,2002, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

Drinking Water Research Foundation

 

VI. Old Business

There was no old business to discuss.

 

VII. New Business

It was MOVED and SECONDED to hold the 2003 June Board meeting at the Park Hyatt Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C.

 

MOTION CARRIED

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held Friday, October 11, 2002, at 7:30 a.m. (MST) in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

VIII. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Board of Directors, it was MOVED AND SECONDED to adjourn the meeting. MOTION CARRIED.

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