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2016 Pay Awards: Top Honours revealed in New Orleans


The first day of All Payments Expo (APEX) went out with a bang (and a parade) in New Orleans today when Paybefore announced the Best-in-Category winners for its 10th Annual Pay Awards and the winner of this year’s Industry Achievement Award.

“It’s wonderful to be at All Payments Expo again this year to celebrate the very best in prepaid, payments technology, and retail & loyalty,” said Loraine DeBonis, Paybefore editor-in-chief and chair of the judging panels. DeBonis discussed changes to this year’s milestone Pay Awards, including expanded categories, focus areas and judging panels that align with industry trends and Paybefore’s daily coverage of the entire commerce ecosystem.

“One thing hasn’t changed and that’s our commitment to honoring those whose creativity and dedication are pushing the industry forward—and giving more people than ever the benefits that come with access to electronic payments,” she added.

Craig James, CEO of Neopay, and chairman of the Prepaid International Forum (PIF) presented the awards with DeBonis and Siobhan Moore, senior associate at Locke Lord LLP and a newly elected member of the PIF board.

The ceremony culminated with the announced of the Industry Achievement Award Winner Stefan Happ, executive vice president and general manager of global prepaid and alternative payments at American Express.  “If you’ve ever heard of American Express gift cards, Bluebird or Serve, chances are you know Stefan,” DeBonis said. In addition to laying the foundation for open-loop gift cards to be sold in retail, Happ blazed a trail in GPR with the launch of the network’s first-generation of reloadable prepaid products and the relaunch of American Express Serve in 2013, which set a new standard for rich features and a simple fee structure—almost none. Serve would go on to win a Consumer Champion Award from Paybefore in all three years the category has existed, including two Best-in-Category honors. Happ also led the industry by working with retailers and distributors to build the largest free cash reload network in the country.

“In short, because of Stefan, the competitive landscape for gift cards and GPR cards will never be the same—and consumers are better for it. For this and more, Paybefore is proud to recognize Stefan Happ as the 2016 Industry Achievement winner.”

Congratulations to all our winners! Best-in-Category winners will be featured in our first-everPay Awards Magazine coming out this summer.


Best Choice Retail Card
Stripes Gift Card
Discover Prepaid, Stripes, InComm

Outstanding Pay Solution
Money Network Payroll Distribution Service for Walmart
Walmart, First Data

Best Benefits Delivery
MasterCard Worldwide, BANSEFI Banco del Ahorro Nacional y Servicios Financieros SNC

Best Health Benefits Delivery
Total Administrative Services Corporation, MasterCard Worldwide, The Bancorp Bank

Best Incentive/Promotions Program
Phillips 66 TANK5 Promotion
Phillips 66, SCA Promotions, SVM LP

Consumer Champion – U.S.
NetSpend Prepaid Debit Card

Consumer Champion – Global
Postepay Evolution
Poste Italiane, MasterCard Worldwide

Best Dressed
Target GiftCoin
Stored Value Solutions, Target

Best Mobile App
Serve Mobile App
American Express

Rising Star
Karmic Labs

Product of the Year
Gift Card for Stock
Blackhawk Network, Stockpile


Retail & Loyalty

Outstanding Rewards Program
ScoreCard Rewards

Best M-POS Solution
Verifone Mobile Hardware E-Series

Best Online or Mobile Commerce Solution
paysafecard.com Wertkarten GmbH

Payments Technology

Best Mobile App

M-Wallet of the Year
QIWI Wallet
QIWI Group, Visa Inc.

The Fraud Fighter
Global Cash Card

Outstanding White-Label Platform
FirstView Financial LLC

Rising Star

Change Agent of the Year
MasterCard Aid Network
MasterCard International

Judges’ Choice
EveryBODY Get Healthy Incentive Program
InComm Healthcare & Affinity

Click here to view the entire list of 2016 Pay Awards winners.

This article first appeared on PayBefore.

Loraine DeBonis
As Editor-in-Chief of PayBefore, Loraine is responsible for understanding the most important issues affecting the payments industry and delivering actionable content across all of Paybefore’s media platforms: Pay Magazine, Pay News, Pay Op-Ed, Pay Week, Pay Magazine, Pay Gov and Pay Connect buyer’s guide.

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