Atlanta Businesswoman Inducted Into the Bottled Water Hall of Fame
November 14, 2018
New Orleans, LA – The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) has inducted past chairwoman Shayron Barnes-Selby, vice president of government affairs and quality services of DS Services of America, Inc. into the Bottled Water Hall of Fame during the 2018 IBWA Annual Business Meeting today (November 14).
Mrs. Barnes-Selby has devoted more than 30 years of work to the bottled water industry. She began as the quality assurance manager for Alamance Foods/Triton Water Company in Burlington, North Carolina, and is currently vice president of government affairs and quality services at DS Services in Atlanta, Georgia.
In her current role, she represents and promotes the interests of DS Services with regulators and legislators at both the state and federal level. She was previously DS Services’ director of public policy and communications. Her work during her 30-plus year career has focused on FDA regulatory compliance and policy, government and public affairs, as well as quality assurance and quality control.
Mrs. Barnes-Selby recently served as IBWA chairwoman in 2017, and is currently a member of the IBWA Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
She attends several of IBWA’s Capitol Hill events, and once visited with 31 legislative offices in a two-day period. Mrs. Barnes-Selby is also heavily involved in IBWA’s Political Action Committee (PAC).
In a letter to the Hall of Fame Committee, Jack West, DWRF trustee and Bottled Water Hall of Fame member, celebrated Mrs. Barnes-Selby’s advocacy efforts.
“In addition to promoting the efforts of her company, Shayron has for many years been an active advocate on behalf of IBWA and the bottled water industry,” said West. “She has been a fixture at all IBWA Capitol Hill events, tirelessly meeting with elected official to educate them about bottled water industry issues.”
Mrs. Barnes-Selby is a past recipient of the IBWA Directors’ Award (2006), which is now the IBWA/Kristin Safran Directors’ Award. In 2014, she was the first recipient of IBWA’s Advocacy Award, which was given the nickname “The Selby” in her honor.
After this year’s ceremony, IBWA has inducted 40 members into the Bottled Water Hall of Fame. The individuals in this exclusive group have gone above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating their devotion, creativity, and love for the bottled water industry during the course of their careers. Their association with the industry and civic and charitable activities also exceed those of the average business person. Hall of Fame inductees are those who have earned the respect and admiration of their peers for their extraordinary service to the bottled water industry.
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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.