Education Sessions

12:30 pm — 1:30 pm: PFAS Update 2024: Understanding the Sources, Regulatory Environment, and Solutions Available to the Bottled Water Industry (1 Technical CEU)

Meet the Speaker: Caron Koll, Antea Group

Session Description: The session will focus on understanding how PFAS can impact your business from various sources such as water sources, handling & processing, and packaging; the current regulatory environment; and effective strategies and solutions to manage this emerging risk.

1:45 pm — 2:45 pm: Applying Artificial Intelligence in Your Business (1 Business CEU)

Meet the Speakers: Bob Hidell, Hidell International and Borchuluun Yadamsuren, PhD, Loyola University

Session Description: Are you curious about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it can be used in your business? As AI becomes more prevalent, it is important to understand what this new technology is and how it can be used in your business. First, you’ll hear from Borchuluun Yadamsuren, Assistant Director of Analytics at Loyola University. She’ll provide attendees with an overview of AI and tips on how it can be applied in business. Next, you’ll hear from Bob Hidell, Hidell International, a seasoned veteran in the bottled water business, who will discuss AI applications as it relates to our unique industry. Don’t miss the chance to attend this session and learn how to make AI work for you.

3:00 pm — 4:00 pm: Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging has Arrived in the U.S. — Now What? (1 Technical CEU)

Meet the Speaker: Dan Felton, AMERIPEN

Session Description: Join AMERIPEN Executive Director Dan Felton for a fast-paced discussion about packaging EPR in the U.S. Learn what states have enacted laws and where they are in their implementation, if you might be a producer under these new laws and what your obligations are, and whether something can or should happen at the federal level as even more states are expected to pass their own laws.

4:45 pm — 5:30 pm: Key Issue Roundtable: Increasing Sales (Part 2) (1 Business CEU)

Meet the Speakers: Phil Pena, Premium Waters and Steve Keim, Berkshire Springs

Session Description: With ever-changing markets, continued inflation, and economic uncertainties, business profitability remains an important topic. Plan to join Steve Keim, Berkshire Springs, and Phil Pena, Premium Waters, for an interactive conversation about how to retain your current customers and getting new ones. Attendees will learn the value of customer retention and techniques for maintaining their customer base, and tools to find new customers. Come to this session and walk away with valuable insights from your peers and tools you can use to help your business thrive.

8:00 am — 9:00 am: Games That Prospects and Buyers Play (1 Business CEU)

Meet the Speaker: Bryan McDonald, onPurpose Growth

Session Description: Are you ready to take your sales skills to the next level? In this session you’ll gain understanding of commonly accepted selling steps, learn about what is driving your prospects/buyers reactions, discover the inherent conflict between the 2 above, that stops/slows down your sale, and be introduced to some key concepts that break the old model. Attend this session and walk away with skills and action items to bring back to your business

8:00 am — 9:00 am: Greenhouse Gas 101: Emissions Measurement and Management at Your Manufacturing Facilities, Office Spaces, and with Your Vehicle Fleets (1 Technical CEU)

Meet the Speaker: Audrey Beattie, Antea Group

Session Description: Are you interested in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in your facility? Attend this hour long workshop on how to measure and calculate your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with discussion of GHG emissions reduction practices that can also lead to cost savings.

9:15 am — 10:15 am: Update on Microplastics Testing, Regulation, and Research (1 Technical CEU)

Meet the Speakers: Al Lear, IBWA and Bob Hirst, Sonoran Drinking Water Advisors LLC

Session Description: This session will introduce the evolving topic of nano- and microplastics. The session will explain what nano- and microplastics are, provide nano- and microplastic sources and occurrence, the latest regulatory outlook, and discuss possible sampling and analytical options.

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Bottled Water Filtration: Part of High-Quality Assurance (1 Technical CEU)

Meet the Speaker: Majid Entezarian, Solventum

Session Description: Safe drinking water is vital to our existence. It provides us with the hydration that every one of our organs needs to function. Bottled water offers a portable water source that could be very safe if prepared correctly. This session will discuss the ways to check for major impurities, bacterial contamination prevention, final filtration, and the integrity test. Come to this session and gain valuable knowledge on how to maintain your high-quality assurance in your product.

8:00 am – 10:45 am: IBWA General Session, Annual Business Meeting, Awards Ceremony, Keynote Presentation, and Continental Breakfast (1.5 Business CEUs)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Bottled Water Sales Trends (1 Business CEU)

Meet the Speaker: Gary Hemphill, Beverage Marketing Corporation

Session Description: The bottled water category reached a new high in 2023, and widened its lead as the most popular packaged beverage in the United States, with growth continuing into 2024. In this fast-paced session, learn how the category and its key segments are performing, how inflation and other developments are impacting the business, as well as the outlook for the future. Also, get perspective on competitive refreshment beverage categories like carbonated soft drinks, sports drinks, and more.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Emerging Contaminants and Regulations: An Update on What’s New (1 Technical CEU)

Meet the Speaker: Rick Zimmer, Eurofins

Session Description: Session Description: In an ever-changing world, water producers must simultaneously track and keep pace with new regulations, new contaminants, and changing standards for substances like Per- and Poly-alkyl Substances (PFAS), 1,4-Dioxane, 1,2,3-Trichloropropane, BPA, Microplastics, and more. Come to this session to get a detailed summary of all new and pending Federal & State Regulations, new emerging contaminants and their degrees of relevance & risk to the bottled water community, and future methods & tools to stay current with this dynamic topic.

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm: Watching the Dust Settle: What is the Outcome of the 2024 General Election and Its Impact on the Bottled Water Industry (1 Business CEU)

Meet the Speakers: Cory Martin and James “JP” Toner of IBWA

Session Description: Come and join with industry peers as we discuss the outcome of the 2024 general election, which is occurring the day before this educational session! This session will review the U.S. presidential, senate, and congressional elections and who to expect to control the levers of legislating come January 2025. We will also dive into key state outcomes as changes of legislative control will impact how the bottled water industry engages in issues in the coming year.

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm: CPO Program: PTRM Update and Study Session (1.25 Technical CEUs)

Meet the Speakers: Al Lear, IBWA and Bob Hirst, Sonoran Drinking Water Advisors LLC

Session Description: This session is your one stop for all things related to the updated IBWA Plant Technical Reference Manual (PTRM) and CPO Exam. First, attendees will learn what’s new about the new PTRM! Next, let’s have some fun while challenging one another and a “plant manager” or “quality manager” in a game show format. If you have ever attended an IBWA annual meeting, you know the drill…but attend anyway as this version of the game is updated with new material from the 2023 IBWA Plant Technical Reference Manual (PTRM). Come join the fun, and maybe even learn something new!