IBWA/NAMA Welcome Reception (Included in registration fee; Guest of Attendee Ticket $40 each)
Monday, November 12, 2018   5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

IBWA and NAMA registrants will come together for a welcome reception to kick off the week and this collaborative co-location.  This relaxing event will allow attendees to network with peers, catch up with old friends, and enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres and an open cash bar. 

Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF) Casino Night Fundraiser
Monday, November 12, 2018    7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Ticketed Event - $165)
(transportation shuttles begin departures from the Hyatt Regency at 7:10 pm)

Plan to join in the fun that will occur at the 2018 Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF) Casino Night Fundraiser at Pat O’Brien’s on the River! This venue has stellar views of the Mississippi River and access to outdoor balconies. Inside, you’ll be able to take a seat at one of the casino tables set up specifically for attendees. It’s a great opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of the various games or show off your gambling skills. Everyone is welcome to attend this fun night of great food and even better company!

A raffle will be held at the end of the night. The amount of raffle tickets you receive will be based on how many chips you win. Three raffle tickets will be chosen, and the winners will be awarded terrific prizes.

Ticket price includes roundtrip shuttle to and from the Hyatt Regency, a buffet featuring regional and New Orleans’ specialties, open hosted bar, and $1,000 in gambling chips. Ticketed event: $165 per person; $80 is tax deductible. On the registration form, please note under “DWRF Fundraising Event” how many tickets you want to reserve. (Please register no later than Monday, November 5, 2018, so food guarantees can be made to the restaurant and the correct number of buses can be ordered.)

Your participation in DWRF’s Casino Night helps fund the vital research that impacts the bottled water industry now and in the future. Limited sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact IBWA Program Coordinator of Education, Science, and Technical Relations Linda Alfakir: 703-647-4612 or via email at [email protected].

IBWA/NAMA Trade Show and Lunch Reception
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Do you have questions for a current vendor? Have you been searching for that one offering that will take your company to the next level? The IBWA/NAMA Trade Show offers attendees the opportunity to be introduced to the latest and greatest products and services offered by vendors who know the bottled water industry as well as the market segments for the coffee, tea, and vending industries. With time dedicated solely to conversation, decision making, and networking, it’s no wonder this event has established itself as one of the most popular and well-attended conference events.

IBWA General Session and Annual Business Meeting with Keynote Presentation
Wednesday, November 14, 2018     8:00 am – 10:30 am

The “President’s Report”, delivered by Joe Doss, IBWA President and CEO will highlight the year’s achievements, the present state of the Association, and what’s in store for the future.

Members will also vote on the slate of nominees for IBWA’s board of directors, and IBWA Chairman Lynn Wachtmann, Maumee Valley Bottlers, Inc. will discuss what he has learned during his tenure and the direction of the association in 2019 as he has agreed to remain the IBWA Chairman for a second term.

IBWA will hold our Awards Program to celebrate the commitment of individuals and companies to the bottled water industry. Plan to join us as we pause to recognize the contributions and achievements of bottled water professionals.

The IBWA keynote speakers will be NBA legend Byron Scott (player with LA Lakers and coach to NJ Nets) and Charlie Norris who is a bottled water industry expert, and former CEO and president of McKesson Water and Deer Park Spring Water. They will be available after their presentation to sign copies of their book Slam-Dunk Success: Leading from Every Position on Life’s Court.

Tour of rtd Beverages Plant, Covington, Louisiana
Thursday, November 15, 2018    8:00 am – 12:00 noon    (Ticketed event: $35 per person)

rtd Beverages, an IBWA member and recipient of the IBWA Excellence in Manufacturing certificate for the past five consecutive years, will host conference attendees for a tour of its bottling facility in Covington, Louisiana (approximately 1 hour from the Hyatt). Enjoy this opportunity to tour a best-in-class manufacturing facility where rtd bottles a number of waters and other beverages, including evamore alkaline water. Bus transportation will be provided.


For Conference and Trade Show Information: Contact Patrice Ward at 703.647.4610/703.683.5213 or Michele Campbell, Director of Conventions, Trade Shows, and Meetings at 703.647.4606 or via email [email protected].

For DWRF Questions/Information: Contact Linda Alfakir, Education and Technical Program Coordinator at 703.647.4612 or via email [email protected].