Industry leaders honored for their contributions to cross-industry e-business exchange standards development

Falls Church, VA – October 4, 2011 - The Accredited Standards Committee X12 (ASC X12) and its Secretariat, the Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), presented the 2011 Edward Guilbert e-Business Professional Award and 2011 Earl J. Bass e-Business Achievement Award last night at the ASC X12 Standing Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Guilbert Award, the highest level of recognition bestowed upon e-business standards professionals since 1991, recognizes significant career contributions in e-business message development. 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).

Two members of the ASC X12 community received the 2011 Guilbert Award: Peter D. Pruyne, Technical Director, SysCom Strategies, Inc., and Mike Rawlins, Software Engineer, GXS.

Mr. Pruyne is an acknowledged authority on ASC X12 EDI foundation standards such as X12.5, X12.6 and X12 acknowledgments. He was an early contributor to ASC X12's extensible markup language (XML) work and a key leader in the development of ASC X12's Context Inspired Component Architecture (CICA), a syntax-neutral architecture that supports business content and implementation information. Mr. Pruyne has held various leadership positions in ASC X12, including ASC X12 Vice Chair, Chair and Vice Chair of X12 Communications and Controls (X12C), Chair of the Policies and Procedures (P&P) Task Group, Vice Chair of the Technical Assessment Subcommittee and Chair of the X12C Management Transaction Sets Task Group (TG4).

Mr. Rawlins has served on the ASC X12 Steering Committee, as Chair of X12C and as Chair of the X12 Technical Assessment (X12J) Subcommittee. His technical knowledge of X12 EDI and CICA is unprecedented. With his help, X12I has more than 19 approved CICA messages; over half of the total ASC X12-approved messages. Mr. Rawlins has also worked closely on the ASC X12 Acknowledgment Reference Model. His insightful comments address politically-charged situations and build consensus, and his dedication illustrates Mr. Rawlins’ commitment to ASC X12 standards development.

The Bass Award recognizes outstanding achievements and leadership in the development and use of EDI and XML messages during the past year. Earl (“Buddy”) Bass was the principal author of the first EDI standards manuals, based on input from transportation industry work groups. As a technologist, his 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 2011 Bass Award recipient is Margaret Weiker of HP. Ms. Weiker is an expert leader in EDI for health care and insurance and has served as Vice Chair and Chair of the ASC X12 Insurance Subcommittee (X12N). This year, she was instrumental in the development of HIPAA-adopted standards for administrative simplification in the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) and ASC X12 EDI formats. She worked on ASC X12 standards development and with the Federal government for the standards adoption. She testified before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), coordinating efforts with Congressional aides to ensure that legislation and government policy appropriately adopt EDI standards to achieve administrative simplification within health care.

“DISA extols the accomplishments of these industry members, worthy of these honors. Their commitment to improving cross-industry business standards and interoperability is tireless,” said Jerry Connors, President, DISA.

About ASC X12
ASC X12, chartered by the American National Standards Institute more than 30 years ago, develops and maintains EDI and CICA standards along with XML schemas which drive business processes globally. The diverse membership of ASC X12 includes technologists and business process experts, encompassing health care, insurance, transportation, finance, government, supply chain and other industries. For additional information, visit

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.