Bottled Water Award Winners Announced At 2010 IBWA Convention and Trade Show

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September 23, 2010

Orlando, Fla. - The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) announced its 2010 Award recipients for Route Salesperson of the Year during the 2010 IBWA Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, held in conjunction with InterBev. InterBev is jointly produced by IBWA and the American Beverage Association (ABA.)

“These awards recognize excellence within the bottled water industry and the IBWA membership,” said IBWA President Joe Doss. “As ambassadors of the bottled water industry, our route salespeople are on the front lines of customer service, and –through them – we have direct contact and connection with our customers.”
IBWA 2010 Route Salespersons of the Year include:


Level III Category (with sales between $2.1 and $8 million)

Our Route Salesperson of the Year from a company with sales between $2.1 million and $8 million is Troy Baker, from Culligan Bottled Water in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

While exceeding sales and service standards in the HOD industry and winning monthly sales contests, Troy’s devotion to his job is balanced by an unwavering commitment to his family: wife, Becky, and his two young children, Emily and Cody.

Still smiling after 13 years of dependable Route Salesmanship, Troy out sold and out delivered his peers in a tough economy while role-modeling another of his many accident-free years.

Troy lives by the motto, T.C.O.B. —or “Taking Care of Business”…a talent he demonstrates not only by the sheer numbers he puts on the board, but by his genuine passion for customer service.


Level IV Category (sales over $8.1 million)


Our route salesperson of the year from a company with sales over $8.1 million is Christian Dimitri of DS Waters’ Kentwood Springs plant in New Orleans.

With 76 stops and delivering an amazing 360 units a day on average, Christian sets out early because he likes to spend time at each stop to ensure his customers are well taken care.

Christian placed in the top 5 in every regional contest and sales promotion, and he directly solicited an incredible 170 new customers on his route in 2009. Christian provides excellent customer service by displaying real-life examples of courtesy, commitment, dedication, and motivation. He lives the values of DS Waters every day, proving that when it comes to exceeding the customer’s expectations, simply put, He Delivers!


Please contact IBWA if you would like additional information and/or photos of the winners.


Contact:

Tom Lauria – 703-647-4609 or 703-887-4056 (cell)

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The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is the authoritative source of information about all types of bottled waters. 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, and state governments to set stringent standards for safe, high quality bottled water products. Additionally, IBWA requires member bottlers to 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 Model Code of Practice is an annual plant inspection by an independent, third party organization. For more information about IBWA, bottled water and a list of members’ brands, please contact IBWA ‘s Vice President of Communications Tom Lauria at 703-647-4609 or 703-887-4056.