IBWA announces 2019-2020 officers and board of directors

International Bottled Water Association | NEWS RELEASE | November 21, 2019

IBWA announces 2019-2020 officers and board of directors

Anaheim, CA – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) today announced its 2019-2020 officers and board of directors. IBWA members elected the association’s leadership during the 2019 Annual Business Conference, held in Anaheim, California, from November 18-21.

Robert Smith, of Grand Springs Distribution, was elected to serve as chairman of the IBWA Board of Directors for 2019-2020. He is a member of IBWA’s executive committee and board of directors. He previously served as vice chairman.

The IBWA members approved the following slate of officers for 2019-2020:

  • Robert Smith – Chairman
  • Tara Carraro (Nestlé Waters North America) – Vice Chairwoman
  • Brian Hess (Niagara Bottling) – Treasurer
  • Lynn Wachtmann (Maumee Valley Bottlers, Inc.) – Immediate Past Chairman

The following IBWA members were elected or re-elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term, expiring in 2022:

  • Shayron Barnes-Selby (Primo Water North America)
  • Philippe Caradec (Danone Waters of America)
  • Tara Carraro (Nestlé Waters North America)
  • Brian Hess (Niagara Bottling)
  • Doug Hidding (Blackhawk Molding)
  • Scott Hoover (Roaring Spring Water)
  • Robert Smith (Grand Springs Distribution)
  • Lynn Wachtmann (Maumee Valley Bottlers, Inc.)

​Other IBWA members who currently serve onthe Board of Directors:

  • Joe Bell (Aqua Filter Fresh, Inc.)
  • Andrew Eaton (Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC)
  • Dan Kelly (Polymer Solutions International, Inc.)
  • Kari Mondt (Allied Purchasing Company)
  • Greg Nemec (Premium Waters, Inc.)
  • Dennis Rivard (Crystal Mountain Products, Inc.)
  • Lou Vittorio (EarthRes Group, Inc.)
  • Bill Young (Absopure Water Company, Inc.)


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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.