IBWA Announces 2017-2018 Officers and Board of Directors

GRAPEVINE, Texas — The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) today announced its 2017-2018 officers and board of directors. IBWA members elected the association’s leadership during the 2017 Annual Business Conference, held in Grapevine, Texas, from November 6-9.

Lynn Wachtmann, of Maumee Valley Bottlers, Inc., was elected to serve as chairman of the IBWA Board of Directors for 2017-2018. 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 2017-2018:

• Lynn Wachtmann – Chairman

• Brian Grant – Vice Chairman

• Brian Hess – Treasurer

• Shayron Barnes-Selby – Immediate Past Chairwoman

The following IBWA members were elected or re-elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term, expiring in 2020:

• Joe Bell (Aqua Filter Fresh, Inc.)

• Brian Grant (Pure Flo Water Company)

• Kari Mondt (Allied Purchasing)

• Greg Nemec (Premium Waters, Inc.)

• Dennis Rivard (Crystal Mountain Products, Inc.)

• Lou Vittorio (EarthRes Group, Inc.)

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

• Charlie Broll (Nestle Waters North America)

• Philippe Caradec (Danone Waters of America)

• Andrew Eaton, Ph. D. (Eurofins Eaton Analytical)

• Doug Hidding (Blackhawk Molding)

• Scott Hoover (Roaring Spring)

• Dan Kelly (Polymer Solutions International)

• Bryan Shinn (Shinn Spring Water Co.)

• Robert Smith (Grand Springs Distribution)

• Bill Young (Absopure Water Company)

About the International Bottled Water Association

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 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.