Honoring EDI & E-Commerce Business Pioneers

Alexandria, Va., Oct. 15, 2002 - The Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) presented its annual 2002 Edward A. Guilbert Award to e-commerce gurus Dr. Kepa Zubeldia and Mr. John B. Hunter. In its 12th year running, the Guilbert Award honors a select group of professionals who have made significant and enduring contributions to the e-commerce community. Edward A. Guilbert served as a logistics officer during the Berlin Airlift of 1948 and later created the first system to exchange data electronically. The award is the highest level of recognition given to individuals for their outstanding leadership and accomplishments specifically in the field of electronic data interchange (EDI) and e-business standards development.

A trailblazer and tireless contributor, Dr. Zubeldia has been intimately involved with healthcare EDI for more than 20 years, and has participated in a number of industry bodies. He is an active player in the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 and is also Chair of the Security Policy Advisory Group of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), Chair of the Association for Electronic Healthcare Transactions (AFEHCT), and a U.S. Designated Expert to UN/EDIFACT. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Claredi Corporation, the nation's first commercial provider of HIPAA EDI compliance testing and certification services for payers, clearinghouses, vendors and providers. Dr. Zubeldia founded Claredi in October of 2000 to create a trusted healthcare testing and certification service, which would expedite the broad acceptance of EDI standards for the benefit of the entire healthcare industry.

Mr. Hunter is a pioneer in the financial EDI arena since its formative years in the 1970s. He was one of the founding fathers of ASC X12 when it was created in 1979, and spearheaded the creation of ASC X12 industry-specific subcommittees that focused on EDI issues in finance, insurance and government. Under Mr. Hunter's leadership, whole industries learned how to develop and implement X12 transactions; he also crafted numerous EDI implementation guides for General Electric (GE) and its trading partners. Before retiring from GE, Mr. Hunter devoted considerable time to the technical development of international EDIFACT standards and much of his career integrating EDI and with EDIFACT into GE processes.

"It is an honor to present DISA's Guilbert Award to these two dynamic e-commerce leaders, who have devoted their careers to helping people and their companies understand the essential role that EDI and e-commerce standards play in everyday operations," said DISA President Jerry Connors.

About the Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA)

DISA is home for the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 and industry groups developing 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 affiliated organizations:

  • ASC X12
  • Chemical Industry Data eXchange (CIDX)
  • Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA)
  • Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX) Forum
  • Meat and Poultry XML (mpXML)
  • Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO)
  • OpenTravel Alliance (OTA)

To learn more about DISA, visit http://www.disa.org or call +1 703-548-7005.