Alexandria, VA, April 6, 2001 - The Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) named Jerry C

Alexandria, VA, April 6, 2001 - The Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) named Jerry C. Connors as its new President. Bringing a wealth of association management expertise, Mr. Connors' vision for DISA embraces the exponential growth of e-business information exchange processes including electronic data interchange standards.

"I am delighted to join DISA in its mission to provide technical and managerial guidance to a variety of e-business standards organizations," said Connors. "As an umbrella organization for numerous technology and standards consortia, DISA is emerging as the most influential force in the global e-business marketplace and transforming stand-alone companies into productive partnerships."

Prior to Mr. Connors' most recent private legal and legislative practice, he served as the chief executive officer for the Manufactured Housing Institute, a national trade association representing a $15 billion factory-built housing industry. In this capacity, he served as the link between internal and external affected parties, achieving consensus on industry issues and association policies. Most notably, he initiated an innovative coalition program, unifying manufacturer and supplier interests with organizations representing state associations, to expedite the execution of common goals. This resulted in an array of impressive organizational enhancements, including a membership base that rose from 300 to more than 15,000, and a budget and staff that more than doubled.

Before MHI, Mr. Connors held directorial positions in legislative and governmental affairs at the American Automobile Association. He also spent several years serving in the U.S. House of Representatives as legislative assistants to Majority Whip Leader Thomas P. O'Neill and Congressman Fred B. Rooney.

DISA, the accredited standards community for e-business, is home for the development of cross-industry e-business standards that provide the foundation enabling individuals and organizations to participate in global e-business. Driving an array of e-business initiatives, DISA provides technical and administrative support to its Affiliates:

- Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12

- OpenTravel Alliance (OTA)

- Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX) Forum

- Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA)

- Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO)

- Open Philanthropy eXchange (OPX)

- XML/EDI Group

Propelling global e-business, DISA and ASC X12 serve as the entry point for the United States into the United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT), an international standard relating to the exchange of trade goods and services.