Industry leaders recognized for their contributions to the development of cross-industry e-business exchange standards

Falls Church, VA – October 18, 2010 - The Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12) and its Secretariat, the Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), are pleased to announce that two prestigious awards have been awarded to members of the ASC X12 community.

The Edward A. Guilbert Award e-Business Achievement Award has been awarded to exemplary members of the e-business industry since 1991. The award is named in honor of Edward A. Guilbert, who served as a logistics officer during the Berlin Airlift of 1948 and later created the first system to exchange data electronically. Mr. Guilbert was a true pioneer in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). This award recognizes significant career contributions and leadership in e-business message development.

The 2010 Ed Guilbert Award was awarded posthumously to Gale Carter, a co-founder of FastEMC, a division of Triangle Medical Solutions. In 1999, she joined Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s (ABCBS) FP Technologies and was an important contributor to the development of the free billing software for Medicaresoftware for Medicare Claims. Ms. Carter joined ASC X12 in 1996 and was a positive contributor for more than a decade. She held several leadership positions in ASC X12’s Insurance Subcommittee, including Co-chair of the ASC X12N (Insurance) TG2 (Health Care) Work Group (Patient Information) and Co-chair of the X12N TG4 (Implementation Guides) Work Group.

The Earl J. Bass e-Business Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements and leadership in the development and use of EDI and eXtensible Markup Language (XML) messages during the past year. Earl Bass, known by all as "Buddy," was the principal author of the first set of EDI standards manuals, based on input from transportation industry work groups. As a technologist, Buddy's most significant contribution to EDI is the simple, elegant, coded syntax notes used to unambiguously describe the conditional requirements of data elements within a segment.

The 2010 Earl J. Bass e-Business Achievement Award recipient is Matthew Heironimus of Daugherty Business Solutions. Mr. Heironimus contributed to the development and implementation of ASC X12’s Context Inspired Component Architecture (CICA) messages used by the marine and barge industries and made significant contributions to the development and refinement of the CICA Technical Specification and XML Schema Syntax Representation (X12.7) standards. Mr. Heironimus also served as Vice Chair of ASC X12’s Communications & Controls Subcommittee.

“ASC X12 appreciates the contributions of both Gale and Matt. They have dedicated themselves to developing and improving ASC X12 solutions for EDI and CICA implementers and are worthy recipients of these awards,” said Cathy Sheppard, ASC X12 Chair.

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to provide services for ASC X12 for such a long time and to see first hand the amazing accomplishments of its members,” said Jerry Connors, DISA President.

The awards were presented on October 18, 2010 at the ASC X12 Trimester meeting in Cincinnati, OH.

About ASC X12
ASC X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 1979, develops EDI standards and documents for national and global markets. With more than 315 X12 EDI standards and increasing X12 XML schemas, ASC X12 enhances business processes, reduces costs and expands organizational reach. Members include standards experts from health care, insurance, transportation, finance, government, supply chain and other industries.

About DISA
The Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), Secretariat to ASC X12, is home for the development of cross-industry e-business interchange standards that help organizations improve business methods, lower costs and increase productivity. DISA provides administrative and technical support to ASC X12. For additional information, visit, or call (703) 970-4480.

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