International Bottled Water Association | NEWS RELEASE | November 15, 2016
Anchorage, AK executive earns national award at industry conference
Nashville, TN – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) today announced that Terry Clark, chief operating officer of Alaska Glacial Products LLC, based in Anchorage, has won its prestigious Shayron Barnes-Selby / IBWA Advocacy Award.
Mr. Clark was handed the award at IBWA’s Annual General Meeting as part of the 2016 IBWA Annual Business Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
In making the announcement, IBWA Board Member and Convention Committee Co-Chair Dan Kelly said the award celebrates exemplary advocacy by an IBWA member or nonmember whose advocacy efforts have had a positive impact on the national/global conversation about and larger public policy issues important to the bottled water industry.
“Many times during 2015 and 2016, Terry traveled to Washington, DC, to participate in IBWA’s Capitol Hill visits and meet with members of Congress to educate them about bottled water issues,” said Mr. Kelly.
Mr. Clark was particularly passionate about helping legislators understand why a National Park Service policy that allows individual park units to ban the sale of bottled water is not in the public’s interest.
“Among the members of Congress Terry met with on his visits to DC was his home state senator, Lisa Murkowski. Through his communications with Senator Murkowski, he ensured she was up-to-date on issues affecting the bottled water industry and promoted the importance of healthy hydration,” said Mr. Kelly.
This is only the second time IBWA’s Advocacy Award has been awarded. However, IBWA’s award program has been recognizing the efforts of bottled water industry professionals to advance the industry and promote healthy hydration since 1963.
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The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters, including spring, mineral, purified, artesian, and sparkling. Founded in 1958, IBWA’s membership includes U.S. and international bottlers, distributors and suppliers. IBWA is committed to working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, to set comprehensive and stringent standards for safe, high-quality bottled water products.
In addition to FDA regulations, IBWA member bottlers must adhere to the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice, which mandates additional standards and practices that in some cases are more stringent than federal and state regulations. A key feature of the IBWA Bottled Water Code of Practice is a mandatory annual plant inspection by an independent, third-party organization.
IBWA is proud to be a partner with Keep America Beautiful and a supporter of Drink Up, an initiative of former First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which encourages Americans to drink more water more often – whether from the tap, a filter, or in a bottle. Choosing water is always the healthy choice.