May 14, 2008

Nominations Open for the Second Annual Richard Buzun Award

Arlington, VA – May 14, 2008 – IDEA, an eCommerce service provider, today announced open nominations for the second annual Richard Buzun Award for Leadership and Innovation in eCommerce, sponsored by Siemens Energy & Automation. The award is named after the late Richard Buzun, former IDEA Chairman, and CEO of Siemens Energy & Automation. One manufacturer and one distributor company will be recognized for innovative use of eCommerce and continually working towards greater supply chain efficiencies.

“Companies in the electrical industry who make eCommerce and data synchronization a top priority should be recognized and praised for their efforts. This award was created to bring attention to those dedicated companies so their initiatives can be mirrored throughout the industry,” said Bob Gaylord, President and CEO, IDEA.

The winners will be announced at the close of the IDEA E-Biz Forum 2008 in Washington D.C, September 14-16.

“It is appropriate to announce the winners of the Richard Buzun Award at the industry Forum that promotes education of eCommerce programs, new technologies, and collaborative trading partner relationships. I am honored to be a part of it,” said Gaylord.

The award nomination form is based on criteria that measures company involvement in electronic business activities and programs that achieve data synchronization. Nominations must be submitted by an employee of the company. The form and a complete list of criteria can be found at www.idea-esolutions.com/ebizforum/awards. Nominations close August 1.

Richard Buzun served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Energy & Automation from October 2000 to June 2002. He joined the company in 1994 as Vice President of the Residential business. In December of 1999, he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for all operating divisions of Siemens Energy & Automation. In addition to serving as a member on the IDEA Board of Directors, Buzun was the Chairman of the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Directors for Workbrain, the Georgia Tech President’s Advisory Board, and served on the Board of Directors of the Carter Center.

About IDEA

IDEA (www.idea-esolutions.com) is the only standard-setting organization offering a full range of eCommerce products and services designed to drive supply network efficiencies, reduce costs, slash cycle times, and ensure standardized, timely, and accurate data. IDEA provides Industry Data Warehouse (IDW), a database of product, pricing, and marketing data; Industry Data Exchange (IDX), a centralized and standardized document exchange solution; Industry Retail Database (IRD) a central repository of manufacturer retail product data powered by CERICOMX® which helps users meet retailer mandates and consumer packaged goods (CPG) and GS1 US requirements; and the Data Audit and Certification (DAC) Program which assures the accuracy and completeness of the manufacturer data found in IDW.