International Bottled Water Association | NEWS RELEASE | November 14, 2018
IBWA Announces 2018-2019 Officers and Board of Directors
New Orleans, LA – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) today announced its 2018-2019 officers and board of directors. IBWA members elected the association’s leadership during the 2018 Annual Business Conference, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from November 12-15.Lynn Wachtmann, of Maumee Valley Bottlers, Inc., was re-elected to serve as chairman of the IBWA Board of Directors for 2018-2019. He is a member of IBWA’s executive committee and board of directors. He previously served as 2017-2018 chairman.
The IBWA members approved the following slate of officers for 2018-2019:
- Lynn Wachtmann – Chairman
- Robert Smith – Vice Chairman
- Brian Hess – Treasurer
- Shayron Barnes-Selby – Immediate Past Chairwoman
The following IBWA members were elected or re-elected to the board of directors for a three-year term, expiring in 2021:
- Andrew Eaton, PhD (Eurofins Eaton Analytical Inc.)
- Dan Kelly (Polymer Solutions International, Inc.)
- Bill Young (Absopure Water Company)
- Jason Chambers (Mountain Brook Water)
Other IBWA members who currently serve on the board of directors:
- Joe Bell (Aqua Filter Fresh, Inc.)
- Philippe Caradec (Danone Waters of America)
- Tara Carraro (Nestlé Waters North America)
- Doug Hidding (Blackhawk Molding Co., Inc.)
- Scott Hoover (Roaring Spring Bottling)
- Kari Mondt (Allied Purchasing)
- Greg Nemec (Premium Waters, Inc.)
- Dennis Rivard (Crystal Mountain Products, Inc.)
- Bryan Shinn (WG America Company)
- Louis F. Vittorio, Jr. (EarthRes Group, Inc.)
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.