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2016 Pay Awards Winners: Support Your Favorites

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Paybefore today announces winners for the 2016 Pay Awards—the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the worldwide prepaid, mobile and emerging payments industry. Our expert panels—focusing on Prepaid, Payments Technology and Retail & Loyalty, respectively—have made their decisions. Now you can weigh in and help your favorites win the coveted Best-in-Category designation, which will be announced along with the Industry Achievement winner at the All Payments Expo in New Orleans on March 21, 2016.

In 2015, more than 21,000 individuals participated in Best-in-Category voting, which influenced the final decisions in nine categories. The outcome of this vote will be combined with the judging panel picks to determine Best-in-Category honorees. Anyone visiting Paybefore.com may vote—and voting is unlimited. Voting ended on Feb. 29.

“We’ve been recognizing excellence and innovation in payments for 10 years. Once again, we saw nominees from across the globe tackling payments problems with mastery and ingenuity,” says Loraine DeBonis, Paybefore editor-in-chief and chair of the judging panel. “From Silicon Valley startups to established powerhouses, the winners in this year’s competition reflect a dynamic industry with no sign of slowing its pace of expansion and change.”

Thanks to our expert judges, including: Robert Courtneidge, Locke Lord; Debra Wohlrab, Wohlrab Consulting LLC; Samee Zafar, Edgar, Dunn & Company; Steve McLaughlin, Managing Partner, FT Partners; Tom Neri, GfK Custom Research North America; and Jennifer Tescher, CFSI. Reviewing and evaluating the nominations takes countless hours and Paybefore could not do what we do without their commitment to the industry. Special thanks also to our Industry Achievement judges: Jeremy Kuiper, The Bancorp Bank; Brad Hanson, Meta Payment Systems; and Ron Hynes, Mozido.

Congratulations to all our winners! Tweet about this article or your favorites using #2016PayAwards.


Best Choice Retail Card

Mercury StoreCard

  • Vantiv
  • Mercury Payment Systems

Stripes Gift Card

  • Discover Prepaid
  • Stripes
  • InComm

Whole Foods Market Gift Card

  • Buyatab Online Inc.

Outstanding Pay Solution

Focus Card

  • U.S. Bank

Money Network Payroll Distribution Service for Walmart             

  • Walmart
  • First Data

Royal Caribbean Salary@Sea

  • Citi Prepaid Services

Best Government Benefits Delivery


  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • BANSEFI Banco del Ahorro Nacional Servicios Financieros SNC

VRA South Africa VAT Refund Program

  • MasterCard Prepaid Management Services
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Travelex Card Services

Association of Commonwealth Universities Foreign Student Disbursement Program

  • MasterCard Prepaid Management Services
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Raphaels

smiOne Visa Prepaid Card

  • Systems and Methods Inc.
  • The Bancorp Bank

Best Health Benefits Delivery


  • Total Administrative Services Corporation
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • The Bancorp Bank

MyPlanConnect for the My Ameriflex Health Care Card

  • Ameriflex
  • MasterCard Worldwide

WageWorks Healthcare Card

  • WageWorks

Best Incentive/Promotions Program

“Pick Your Ride” Sweepstakes

  • NetSpend
  • H-E-B

Phillips 66 TANK5 Promotion

  • Phillips 66
  • SCA Promotions
  • SVM LP

Swipe Away for Cars and Cash!

  • Global Cash Card

Consumer Champion – U.S.


  • GreenDot Corporation
  • MasterCard Worldwide

NetSpend Prepaid Debit Card

  • NetSpend

American Express Serve

  • American Express

Consumer Champion – Global

Postepay Evolution

  • Poste Italiane
  • MasterCard Worldwide

Bidvest Multi-currency World Currency Card

  • MasterCard Prepaid Management Services
  • Bidvest

Epipoli MasterCard Prepaid Web

  • Epipoli
  • Emerchants

Best Dressed

J.G. Wentworth Cash Now Visa Prepaid Card

  • J.G. Wentworth Payment Solutions

Pillow Pack

  • InComm

Target GiftCoin  

  • Stored Value Solutions
  • Target

Best Mobile App


  • FIS
  • Karmic Labs


  • Green Dot Corp.
  • MasterCard Worldwide

Serve Mobile App

  • American Express

Rising Star

PrePaid Ventures

Karmic Labs

Set for Life

  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Sunrise Banks

Product of the Year

Gift Card for Stock

  • Blackhawk Network
  • Stockpile

Self-Service Direct Deposit

  • Global Cash Card

PSKW/FirstView Solution

  • PSKW Marketing
  • FirstView Financial LLC

Payments Technology

Best Mobile App


  • Fiserv


  • MasterCard Europe
  • PayCenter

FIS Mobile Banking

  • FIS

M-Wallet of the Year

TIM Multibank Caixa

  • Caixa Economica Federal
  • MasterCard Worldwide


  • QIWI
  • Visa Inc.

True-Pay with Mobile

  • True Corporation Public Company
  • MasterCard Asia Pacific

The Fraud Fighter

OmniShield Assure

  • Vantiv

GPS Protect

  • Global Processing Services


  • Global Cash Card

Outstanding White-Label Platform

ROVR Financial Management Platform

  • PrePaid Ventures

FirstView Financial LLC


Rising Star

T2P Co. Ltd.

  • MasterCard Worldwide


Zebit Inc.

Change Agent of the Year

MasterCard Aid Network

  • MasterCard International

CardFree Cash

  • Fiserv

Single Global Processor Solution

  • Global Processing Services

Retail & Loyalty

Outstanding Rewards Program

UChoose Rewards

  • Fiserv

American Express Serve Cash Back

  • American Express

ScoreCard Rewards

  • FIS

Best M-POS Solution


  • Shift4 Corporation

RP450c NFC Chip & Sign Mobile Card Reader

  • Ingenico

Verifone e355 mPOS Solution

  • Verifone

Best Online or Mobile Commerce Solution          


  • MasterCard Worldwide

Emergent Payments Platform

  • Emergent Payments


  • paysafecard.com Wertkarten GmbH

Judges’ Choice

EveryBODY Get Healthy Incentive Program

  • InComm

PayPal Cash powered by Green Dot @ the Register

  • PayPal
  • Green Dot Corporation


  • NuData Security



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