AIDC Industry Leaders Honored by AIM

Award Winners Recognized for Significant Contributions

Cranberry Township, PA – November 20, 2014 – AIM, the industry association and worldwide authority on barcode, RFID, RTLS, NFC and mobile computing, announced the recipients of the 2014 AIM Industry Awards during a special ceremony at AIM Summit 2014 in Crystal City, Virginia, which recently brought together AIDC leaders from around the world.

The Richard R. Dilling Award is considered to be the highest award given in the AIDC industry in recognition of lifetime achievements that have furthered industry growth through significant applications and new technological developments. The 2014 recipient, Frank Sharkey, Global Technology Director at GS1, is recognized internationally as an industry expert with experiences in multiple aspects. With a career that spans more than 40 years in academia as well as with solution providers his experience, personal knowledge and contributions to the industry are difficult to match.

John M. Hill, Director of the St. Onge Company, was named the recipient of the Allan Gilligan Award, co-sponsored by AIM and the Material Handling Institute (MHI), which recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of AIDC applications in materials handling and logistics in the supply chain. Mr. Hill, an expert in all aspects of supply chain management, is a member of the prestigious AIDC 100 organization and more than 40 years ago was a co-founder of the Automatic Identification of Manufacturers Trade Association, which today has grown to international status as AIM, Inc.

Gabriele Edgell, CEO of Edgell Communications, was awarded the Bert Moore Excellence in Journalism Award.The award recognizes a member of the media whose work exemplifies the qualities of honest, educational and unbiased reporting in the automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industry.

The Don Percival Award, co-sponsored by AIM and SCAN – The Data Capture Report, was presented this year to Rodeina Davis, former VP & CIO of the BloodCenter of Wisconsin. It honors outstanding contributions to the application of AIDC technologies in the user community. Prior to her recent retirement, Ms. Davis was involved in a variety of initiatives to enhance blood banking safety and instrumental in the development of the barcode labeling standard for blood products, adopted as an FDA Industry Consensus Standard and implemented in the U.S. and abroad.

A collaborative effort to further the growth of the AIDC industry in academia is the basis for the Ted Williams Award, which was given to Daniel W. Engels, PhD of Southern Methodist University. Dr. Engels has been a pioneer in the development of RFID and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, and is one of the original architects of the Electronic Product Code (EPC) system that is deployed in the U.S. Department of Defense and retail supply chains worldwide. He is an internationally recognized author and holds five patents.

"Without the efforts of these individuals,” said Chuck Evanhoe, Chairman of AIM, Inc., "our industry would not be as strong and successful as it is today – or will be tomorrow. Everyone involved in the AIDC industry is indebted to their commitment to our profession and we applaud their selection.”

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