Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe
Friday, February 25 – 1- 5pm

To ensure maximum safety and privacy for all, masks are required at Friday’s seminar and Saturday’s events.  There will be no public tastings. Judges and out of town visitors based their attendance on these protocols. The feedback regarding these decisions has been very positive and appreciated.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The seminar and Saturday’s award ceremony are live streamed on BerkeleySpringsWV Facebook page.

1pm  Arthur von Wiesenberger, Watermaster
Opening remarks
1:15 Jonathan Bellingham, Director of Guest Services, Capon Springs and Farm
Capon Springs from the 1700s to today
1:45  Scott Shipe, Water infrastructure science specialist
Rising Costs of Municipal Water
2:15  Shayron Barnes-Selby, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Primo Water Corporation
The Intersection of Bottled Water and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance)
2:45 – 3pm break
3:00  John Etgen, CEO, Project WET: Water Education Today
Water Education Today to Ensure Sustainable Water for Tomorrow
3:30  Emmanuel Itier, Filmmaker, CEO, Wonderland Entertainment
H2O: The Intelligence of Water
4pm  Henry R. Hidell, III, Founder Hidell International
Open Discussion, Q & A

Arthur von Wiesenberger
Moderator and Water Master
Noted water expert and consultant

Well known for Nipper’s, his highly successful champagne and caviar club in California, von Wiesenberger added water tastings to his wine tasting business in the late 1970s. He is a past president of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association, the American Institute of Wine and Food and the Society of Wine Educators.  His books include Champagne & Caviar, A Pocket Guide to Bottled Water and The Taste of Water.  The original Water Master of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, von Wiesenberger has served in all but three festivals through the 29 years.  Among his consulting clients are Anheiser-Busch and Perrier.

See why Arthur von Wiesenberger was chosen for the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.


2022 Lifetime Achievement Award
Shayron Barnes-Selby
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Primo Water Corporation

TOPIC: The Intersection of Bottled Water and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance): Today customers/consumers, employees and shareholders are closely evaluating a company’s purpose and values. How does a company demonstrate its willingness to fulfill the mandates of an ESG program that is clear, yet measurable? How can an ESG program not only be beneficial to your company but also to society, as well as help grow your company?

Shayron Barnes-Selby
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Primo Water Corporation

Shayron Barnes-Selby was appointed Vice President of Government Affairs and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Programs in February 2019. Ms. Barnes-Selby led the projects to achieve Carbon Neutral certification and the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification for Primo Water North America (PWNA) operations. Under Shayron’s leadership, in 2020 PWNA, achieved Carbon Neutral® certification under The CarbonNeutral Protocol, an international standard administered by Natural Capital Partners. Also, in 2020 and 2021, with Shayron’s leadership and guidance, PWNA completed the AWS-certification requirements for the company’s four (4) owned spring water sites in the U.S.

While Shayron continued to work on Primo Water’s ESG efforts and its government affairs in North America, she also started work in a collaborative partnership with the HR team at PWNA, in the development and implementation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive community of Associates. Having worked for Primo Water Corp., and its predecessors for more than 29 years, in various leadership roles, Shayron was uniquely suited to share her work and life experiences that helped to create a safe space for others to share their truths, experiences and concerns. Shayron saw this initiative as the foundation to create a link to the external social dialogue that has an internal effect on her colleagues at Primo Water.

Prior to these appointments, Ms. Barnes-Selby served in various leadership roles at DS Services of America, Inc., a Primo Water Corporation subsidiary, including as Vice President, Government Affairs and Quality Services from May 2014 to February 2019.

Today, Shayron’s role at Primo Water is multi-functional. She has a foot in government affairs, regulatory compliance, legislative monitoring, environmental sustainability, and DEI; not to mention a mentor to many PWNA Associates. Her passion has always been quality assurance and quality control, and that’s how she got her start in the bottled water industry in 1986 as the quality assurance manager for a small family-owned company (Alamance Foods/Triton Water Company) in Burlington, North Carolina.

What Shayron does today is the sum-total of all the work and experience she has amassed over the past 36 years. Her technical background in quality assurance and quality control serves her very well in understanding pieces of legislation that could impact PWNA – from packaging to identifying contaminants, monitoring source waters and finished products.

In June 2021, Shayron was appointed as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Primo Water. In this role, Ms. Barnes-Selby is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the end-to-end diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) framework and program across Primo Water’s global footprint. Shayron leads Primo’s DEI Committee and partners with the executive leadership team to develop, implement and promote DEI strategies and best practices and embed them into the culture and operations of the business.

Ms. Barnes-Selby has represented and promoted the interest of PWNA with regulators and legislators at the state and federal levels and ensured that PWNA met or exceeded all applicable bottled water regulations.

Ms. Barnes-Selby has for many years been an active advocate on behalf of the bottled water industry. She has been a fixture at the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) Capitol Hill events, meeting with elected officials to educate them about bottled water industry issues. In addition to her federal work, Ms. Barnes-Selby addresses industry issues at the state and local level.

In 2006, Shayron was awarded the IBWA Directors’ Award for her advocacy efforts and commitment to the bottled water industry and IBWA. In 2014, Ms. Barnes-Selby was the first recipient of a new advocacy award created by the association to recognize an IBWA member or nonmember whose advocacy efforts have had a positive impact on the national and global conversation about the larger public policy issues important to the bottled water industry. During the 2014 IBWA awards ceremony, this award was officially renamed the IBWA/Selby Advocacy Award (affectionately referred to as “The Selby”).

In 2016, Ms. Barnes-Selby was elected by the membership to serve as IBWA chairwoman. She was the second woman to hold this position in the trade association’s 60+ year history. Shayron is currently a member of the IBWA Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She has also served on various IBWA committees, most notably the Government Relations Committee, of which she was the co-chair for many years, and the IBWA Political Action Committee Board. Shayron has also served as co-chair of IBWA’s technical and education committees. She has given freely of her time to IBWA, often participating as an instructor for IBWA’s popular Certified Plant Operator educational study session, which is held every year during the IBWA Business Conference and Trade Show.

Ms. Barnes-Selby was inducted into the IBWA Hall of Fame during the IBWA annual business conference and trade show on November 14, 2018.

Ms. Barnes-Selby holds a B. A. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G); and a Master of Education (M. Ed) in Public Health from UNC-G.

Tesanjski kiseljak and company Zema d.o.o. from Tesanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina is the presenting sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement Award

TOPIC: Water Education Today to Ensure Sustainable Water for Tomorrow

Water supports all life, and understanding how water’s complexity is critical to ensuring we have water for the future. With threats from droughts, floods, a changing climate and increased demands, understanding and managing water takes on a new urgency. Project WET understands this urgency and is bringing hope and collective actions to an increasingly water-stressed world. Please join this interactive presentation and learn how the leading water education organization in the world is addressing water problems and taking action both globally and locally.

John Etgen, CEO – Project WET: Water Education Today
John Etgen has been teaching environmental education to diverse audiences for over 35 years. He has a passion for helping people of all ages to understand our most precious natural resource, water. Whether teaching sanitation and hygiene to schools in developing countries or educating employees of the world’s largest companies about water stewardship, John inspires people to take meaningful action to conserve and protect water.
John has been with the Project WET Foundation for 27 years. His work has spanned more than 75 countries. He holds a Master of Science degree in Science Education from Montana State University and Executive Leadership and High-Performance Leadership certificates from Cornell University. He is credentialed as a Professional Consultant by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and currently serves as a Co-Chair of the AWS Technical Committee.


TOPIC:  H2O: The Intelligence of Water

Water is Life…and Life is Water. From the latest scientific research and discoveries to the most spiritual approach, Itier goes around the world to discover the true essence of Water. How Water might be the necessary element to truly transform our civilization of War into a Humanity of Peace and Love. 

Emmanuel Itier: Filmmaker, CEO Wonderland Entertainment

An experienced feature film Producer, Emmanuel Itier directed several pictures before completing in 2012 the Peace documentary ‘The Invocation’ narrated by Sharon Stone and staring Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra as well as many worldwide peace activists. In 2013 Mr. Itier executive-produced a Drama filmed in Hong Kong: ‘Red Passage’ which won many Awards in the Festival circuit. Emmanuel Itier has also been a successful Music and Film journalist for both Rock Magazines, French TV networks and various websites for the last twenty five years. Finally, Itier has been a buyer for many French and American Film distribution companies for the last twenty years. He was on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Film Festival for a decade and he writes poetry. He is also very involved with charities and the political world. Mr. Itier seats on the board of Directors of ‘Darfur Women Action Group’ in an attempt to bring Peace to Darfur. He is also the  founding President of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace ( www.RotaryEclubofWorldPeace.org ) and he is part of the U.N Association, Santa Barbara chapter. Lately he joined the World Council of Wisdom (https://thevisioneers.ca ) to bring Peace to the World.

Mr. Itier grew up in France and he moved in the USA thirty years ago. He resides in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and three sons. Emmanuel Itier released in 2014 another inspiring documentary Celebrating Women around the planet: ‘FEMME-Women healing the World.’ This Documentary earned over 20 Awards around the World.

Late 2017 Mr. Itier completed his third feature Documentary: ‘Shamanic Trekker’, about shamanism in Peru. Mr. Itier has just released two more documentaries in order to keep “Making Peace, One movie at a time.”

These films are part of a series called ‘The Oneness Collection: Documentaries for a conscious Humanity.’ The first one is called ‘The Cure: Healing The Mind, Healing The Body, Healing the Planet’ and the politically loaded Doc: ‘We The People: A Re-Evolution of Economics and Politics’, which is sure to shake the system.

Mr. Itier is a recipient of the ‘2018 Global Citizen Award’ from the prestigious United Nation Association and he was named President of The Year 2018 by the Rotary E-Club of World Peace.

In 2019, just before the beginning of the Covid pandemic, Mr. Itier went to film a drama about quantum physics in Germany and in German. The shooting was stopped by the crisis and he hopes to return by late 2021 to complete this new endeavor.

In 2021 the impactful and very timely 7th documentary directed by Emmanuel was released on April 13th: ‘Guns, Bombs & War: A Love Story’: Trailer: https://vimeo.com/488254405

Finally, Mr. Itier has formed a spiritual and political movement in France called ‘The French Victory’ (www.LaVictoireFrancaise.net – English version downloadable at the bottom of the home page) with the ambition to run for President in 2022. His vision is: “I, The People – We, President.”  In Oneness, we shall heal the World.

TOPIC: Capon Springs: The amazing story of how  West Virginia water continues to flow through the American experience from the 1700s to today.

Jonathan Bellingham, Director of Guest Services, Capon Springs and Farms
Jonathan Bellingham serves as Director of Guest Services for his family’s historic spring resort.   With his lifelong love of morning dips in their pure spring water pool, weekly history presentations at the spring’s source and recent web blog offering his ideal water workout in their Spa’s swimspa, Jonathan continues to find ways to share his passion for Capon’s healing water.  Jonathan received his B.A. in Environmental Science from UVa with a focus on hydrology and has served as a preliminary judge for the Berkeley Springs International Water tasting.
Topic:  Cost of Water Outpaces Inflation Throughout the United States.  Many Customers can not cope with increasing Utility Rates / Let’s Examine the Issues Why?

EPA estimates water and sewer utilities will need to spend $655 billion over the next 20 years to maintain, upgrade, or replace water infrastructure. Many midsize and large cities that lost a large percentage of their population are struggling to replace their pipes and treatment plants. Without improvements, these cities may be at serious risk of more frequent accidental sewage discharges and lead contamination among other things. Concerned that utility rates are increasingly unaffordable for low-income customers, some utilities are reducing water treatment capacity or decommissioning lines in vacant areas to fit current demands.

Scott Shipe, has 45 years of experience managing water & wastewater utilities having worked at four utilities. During his career he has served on many Water Industry national boards and currently serves as the Government Affairs Chair of the Chesapeake Section of the American Water Works Association. Scott’s top accomplishment is being an advocate for the both the water and wastewater industries and has participated for the past twenty years at the National Water Policy Week and Fly-In on Capitol Hill. That has included over five hundred meetings with key Congressional Senate & House members on many issues including Watershed Protection, MTBE, the Chemical Security Act, WIFIA and Lead in our Nations Drinking Water. Scott received the George Warren Fuller Fellowship Award in 2013 from AWWA for distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of the sound engineering skill and was named the Berkley Springs International Water Tasting Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in 2017. Scott is also the founder of Water Advocacy on YouTube that is top water 2,900 videos resource transparency information site in the World with over 380 subjects from A-Z Source Water to the Drinking Water Topics.

Topic: Group Discussion

Henry “Bob” Hidell is the Founder, Chairman & Managing Director of Hidell International providing consulting services to the beverage, drinking water, food and nutrition industries since 1972. His professional expertise spans the spectrum of business, technical, and educational services with specific expertise in the formulation of business strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and turnkey development of beverage bottling facilities. He is a recognized expert in international economic and business development, and is the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.

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