The only business conference in America that focuses solely on the bottled water industry.

Join us to collaborate with your industry peers and discuss the issues of importance for America’s No.1 packaged beverage: bottled water!

Live in Chicago | October 24-27, 2022

Palmer House Hilton

Bottled water companies that implement best practices stay a step ahead of the competition.

You can learn about those best practices and more at IBWA’s 2022 Annual Business Conference. We’ll discuss issues that are important to the future of the bottled water industry. Get trend forecasts, business solutions, policy insights, and more — all in Chicago, the city voted Best Big City for the fifth year in a row by Conde Nast Traveler readers.



The IBWA registration fee includes access to:

  • 15+ education sessions offering 16.75 continuing education units (CEUs)
  • 30+ exhibitors at the Trade Show
  • IBWA General Session with Annual Business Meeting, Awards Ceremony, and Keynote Presentation
  • IBWA Board of Directors and Committee Meetings
  • IBWA Welcome Reception
  • Complimentary badge to PACK EXPO International Trade Show

Education Program

IBWA offers an outstanding education program that encompasses the industry’s key issues, including business and technical challenges, and solutions. The experts below and bottled water professionals will provide the latest information on a wide variety of topics relative to today’s competitive marketplace. Importantly for certified plant operators (CPOs), IBWA is offering 15 education session with 16.75 CEUs (8.5 technical and 8.25 business).

Starts on

October 24

Michael Bergeron, PhD, FACSM

Eric Chan-Tin, PhD

Glen Davis

Majid Entezarian

Steven Feltman

Gary Hemphill

Bob Hirst

Matt Howard

Al Lear

Robert Lemke

Cory Martin

Bob Mason

Patrick McCarthy

Rae Mindock

Colleen Muñoz, PhD

Brian Neal

James “JP” Toner

Louis F.
Vittorio, Jr., PG

Rick Zimmer

Where to Stay

A timeless Chicago hotel, Palmer House offers historic charm with hip conveniences, comprehensive amenities, award-winning dining and gracious service.


Palmer House Hilton

17 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Hotel Reservations

Two Ways to Make a Reservation

  • Online: go to 
  • Call Expovision: 866-523-0877,
    Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm EST

    This housing reservation service is managing IBWA’s room block. Identify yourself as an IBWA conference attendee.
  • Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2022  

Room Rate

Single or Double

$287 + 17.4% tax ($336.94 total per night)

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the drive to the Palmer House Hilton from the airport?

Depending on the time of day, the travel time from Chicago O’Hara International Airport (ORD) to the hotel is about 30-40 minutes (18-25 miles), from Midway Airport (MDW) it is 20-30 minutes (12 miles). provides information on a variety of transportation options between the airports and downtown Chicago.

What attire is recommended?

Be comfortable in business casual attire, and good walking shoes. Temperatures may at times be cool in public areas of the hotel and in the meeting rooms. Bring a sweater, jacket, or wrap as a “just in case” for the times you find yourself in those locations.

Whom should I contact with membership inquiries?

Contact Cheryl Bass, Director of Membership Services at
703-647-4615 or

What’s the weather like in Chicago?

Temperatures in late October in Chicago are quite pleasant with an average high of 56 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 44. Average rainfall for October is 3 inches, so you may want to pack an umbrella — just in case.

When is the CPO exam?

The CPO exam will be held on Thursday, October 27, 8:00am – 11:00am. Only IBWA members can take the exam; the charge is $80.

Whom should I contact with conference and trade show questions?

Contact Michele Campbell, Director of Conferences, Programs, and Office Administration at
703-647-4606 or