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U.S. Celebrates World Standards Day 2002 with Focus on Standards and Business

SBC Communications President William Daley Receives Ron Brown Standards Leadership Award and Serves as U.S. World Standards Day 2002 Honorary Chair

New York, Oct 16, 2002

Tonight, more than 250 members of the standards and conformity assessment community convened for the 2002 U.S. World Standards Day (WSD) exhibit, dinner and celebration at the United States Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, DC. The ceremony included the presentation of the prestigious Ron Brown Standards Leadership Award to William Daley, SBC Communications President and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, in recognition of his support for U.S. standardization efforts.

"SBC is working with others in ourbusiness to build a more streamlined standards process," said Daley, who also served as honorary chairman for the 2002 event. He noted that the quickening pace of certain new technologies demands an equally aggressive and swift response by the standardization process. "This has become even more important with the increasing competition in our industry and the increasing number of new networks and technologies," he continued.

The award Daley received was named to honor former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown, who died in a plane crash while on a trade mission to Central Europe; it was presented by Mr. Brown's son, Michael.

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winners of the World Standards Day Paper Competition. Open to U.S.-based organizations and individuals, the 2002 competition was centered on the U.S. World Standards Day theme of "Standards Mean Business." Entries were judged by their achievement in specifically illustrating issues, concerns, and applications of standards or conformity assessment programs pertaining to business, and how these systems foster a healthier economy. Papers were reviewed by a panel of independent judges selected by the Standards Engineering Society (SES) and approved by the 2002 World Standards Day Planning Committee.

First place was awarded to Ms. Laura Hitchcock, senior standards specialist at the Boeing Company for her paper titled, "Standards During Times of Change: Aerospace Strategies for Keeping Standards and Business Linked." Hitchcock, who was also a Meritorious Award winner at the ANSI Annual Awards Dinner the previous evening, was presented with a check for $2,500 and a commemorative plaque for her winning entry in the paper competition.

The second place award was presented to Mr. Robert C. Thompson, of New York State, Building Codes Division, for his work, "New York State: Building a Case for Standards." Thompson was presented with a check for $1000. Third Place and a $500 award went to Mr. Andrew Bank, vice president of business development at Techstreet for his entry, "The Standards Distribution Market: Serving Customers Between 'All' and 'Nothing.'"

The winning papers will be published in SES' Standards Engineering, with the first place winner also appearing in a special article in the ANSI Reporter.

The aim of World Standards Day is to raise the awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government and consumers worldwide. This international event pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities.

The U.S. celebration World Standards Day is a joint effort between the private and public sector. This year's World Standards Day events were coordinated and funded by the World Standards Day Committee, consisting of representatives from more than 50 major companies, professional and technical societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations and government agencies. The Committee was co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) served as the administrating organization.

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