IBWA and NAMA 2013 Conferences – Same Dates and Same Location
November 11-15, 2013 – Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) will again conduct two of their conferences over the same dates and at the same location. The 2013 IBWA Annual Business Conference and Trade Show will be held on November 11-15 and the 2013 NAMA CoffeeTea & Water show will be held November 12-14. Both conferences will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.
The two organizations met together in 2012 and feedback from conference attendees indicated that it was a successful co-location. Joint attendance reached 1000 registrants. These individuals were able to experience a new level of networking and education through access to 132 exhibiting companies during the vendor showcase and by participating in the 33 educational sessions that were offered. IBWA and NAMA plan to continue to build on this success for their 2013 conferences in Nashville.
The IBWA registration fee includes access to all NAMA events (with the exception of the NAMA Coffee Certification program which has an additional fee).
Plan to Attend
“Many bottled water companies, particularly those in the home and office delivery (HOD) business, also offer coffee and tea to their customers. Co-locating the IBWA and NAMA conferences will enable attendees and exhibitors to achieve a greater return on their investment by providing expanded educational programming, exposure to a broader range of products and services, and increased networking opportunities.”
— Joe Doss, IBWA President and CEO
The IBWA Annual Business Conference is the only national bottled water-centric event held in the United States. Financial analysis by Beverage Marketing Corporation indicate a 5.6% growth in bottled water sales in 2012, up from 4.1% in 2011. With sales on the increase again, and new regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) being rolled out by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), attendance at the IBWA conference will provide the networking and educational opportunities you need to leverage and ensure a return-on-investment for you and your company.
IBWA and NAMA educational seminars, business sessions, and networking events will be held throughout the meeting dates, and the combined IBWA and NAMA vendor showcase will be held on Wednesday, November 13. Plan to attend the 2013 IBWA Annual Business Conference, November 11-15, in Nashville, Tennesee, and select among the many components:
- 30+ Education Sessions offering continuing education credits (CEUs) (inclusive of NAMA sessions)
- 150 Exhibitors at the Vendor Showcase (inclusive of NAMA exhibitors)
- Prescheduled Speed Appointments between bottlers and IBWA suppler members
- Keynote Presentations
- IBWA General Session and Annual Business Meeting
- IBWA Board of Directors and Committee Meetings
- Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF) Fundraiser Event
- Welcome Reception
- CPO Exam
…and last, but certainly not least—a $174 room rate at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel
For Conference and Vendor Showcase Information: Contact Michele Campbell, Director of Conventions, Trade Shows, and Meetings at 703-647-4606 or via email [email protected].
For Membership Information: Contact Dennis Carpenter, Manager of Member Services at 703-647-4615 or via email [email protected].