IBWA Announces 2014-2015 Officers and Board of Directors

MEDIA RELEASE
November 13, 2014

Dallas, TX – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) today announced its 2014-2015 officers and board of directors. IBWA members elected the association’s leadership during the 2014 Annual Business Conference, held in Dallas, Texas from November 10-14.

Bryan Shinn, of The Water Guy, was elected to serve as chairman the IBWA Board of Directors for 2014-2015. He is a member of IBWA’s executive committee and board of directors and served as Vice Chairman in 2013 and IBWA treasurer in 2012.

The IBWA members approved the following slate of officers for 2014-2015:

  • Bryan Shinn (The Water Guy) – Chairman
  • Joe Bell (Aqua Filter Fresh) – Vice Chairman
  • Breck Speed (Mountain Valley) – Immediate Past Chairman

The following IBWA members were elected or re-elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term, expiring in 2017:

  • Joe Bell (Aqua Filter Fresh)
  • Greg Nemec (Premium Waters, Inc.)
  • Breck Speed (Mountain Valley)
  • Brian Grant (Pure Flo)

Other IBWA members who currently serve on the Board of Directors:

  • Philippe Caradec (Danone Waters North America)
  • Andrew Eaton, Ph.D. (Eurofins Eaton Analytical, Inc.)
  • Brian Hess (Niagara Bottling LLC)
  • Doug Hidding (Blackhawk Molding)
  • Dave Holdener (Nicolet Forest Bottling)
  • Scott Hoover (Roaring Spring Bottling)
  • Dan Kelly (Polymer Solutions)
  • Heidi Paul (Nestlé Waters North America, Inc.)
  • Shayron Barnes-Selby (DS Services)
  • Robert Smith (Grand Springs Distribution)
  • Lynn Wachtmann (Maumee Valley Bottlers)
  • Bill Young (Absopure Water Co., Inc.)

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Media Contact:
Chris Hogan
chogan@bottledwater.org
703.647.4609

Note: Photos/head shots are available upon request.

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 an active supporter of Drink Up!, an initiative of 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.

Consumers can contact IBWA at 1-800-WATER-11 or visit IBWA's website (www.bottledwater.org) for more information about bottled water. Media inquiries can be directed to IBWA Vice President of Communications Chris Hogan at 703-647-4609 or chogan@bottledwater.org.