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2017 Pay Awards Results Are In

Today, June 14, Paybefore reveals the Best-in-Category winners in 21 categories and the two recipients of its highest individual recognition, Industry Achievement, for the 2017 Pay Awards.

The results are the combination of votes from the expert judging panels and the aggregated results of online voting for Best-in-Category. This year we had more than 33,000 votes cast by Paybefore.com visitors, which supported or swayed the outcome in five categories. Industry Achievement winners were selected by three past recipients of the award.

“Pay Awards has a long history of recognizing the best companies, programs, technologies and people in the world of prepaid, retail and loyalty, and payments technology,” said Loraine DeBonis, Paybefore’s Editor-in-Chief and chair of the judging panels. “In our 11th year, we are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of all 63 of our category winners and those that rose to the top of their respective categories. Our industry leaders have shown once again that ingenuity, collaboration and innovation continue to thrive. Thanks to all who participated in this year’s competition and congratulations to our winners.”

Our Best-in-Category and Industry Achievement winners will be profiled in the upcoming Pay Magazine – Awards Issue.

Winners’ Showcase slideshow.

2017 Pay Awards Best-in-Category Winners


2017 Industry Achievement Winners

Cathy Beyda, of counsel at Paul Hastings LLP, is a passionate advocate for employees, employers and payroll cards. Through her work at the American Payroll Association, she has led efforts in 28 separate states—including high-profile victories in California and New York—to support, amend or defeat legislation or regulation of payroll cards.

Suresh Vaghjiani is managing director at Global Processing Services. An innovator with a track record of supporting the industry as a board member of Emerging Payments Association, Vaghjiani regularly engages with regulators and policymakers and recently led a fintech mission to Mexico on behalf of the U.K. government.

Best Incentive Program

Prize Savings

  • Green Dot
  • Walmart
  • Commonwealth

Outstanding Pay Solution

Money Network Service for Walmart

  • Money Network, A First Data Company
  • Walmart

Best Benefits Delivery


  • MONI Limited
  • Global Processing Services

Health Care Payments Innovation

Alegeus Platform

  • Alegeus
  • Mastercard

Consumer Champion

ChimpChange Prepaid MasterCard

  • ChimpChange Mobile Banking
  • Central Bank of Kansas City
  • Mastercard

Best Design

Nike Gift Card + Earbuds Pack

  • InComm
  • Nike

Best B2B Problem Solver


  • Marqeta
  • Mastercard

Startup of the Year

Gift of College

  • Gift of College
  • InComm

Product of the Year

Netspend Small Business Mastercard

  • Netspend
  • Mastercard


Gift Card Innovation


  • SmartGift
  • Mastercard
  • Silicon Valley Bank

Best M-POS Solution

iSMP4 Companion

  • Ingenico Group

Best Marketing Campaign

Driving Brand Awareness and Consumer Choice for Gift Card eCommerce

  • Blackhawk Network
  • The Fletcher Group

Outstanding Commerce Innovation

Universal Commerce Solutions

  • First Data


Best Mobile App

ChimpChange Mobile Banking

  • ChimpChange
  • Central Bank of Kansas City
  • Mastercard

Most Innovative Technology

Papaya Payments

  • Papaya
  • Mastercard
  • Silicon Valley Bank

The Fraud Fighter

SecurLOCK Communicate

  • FIS

Outstanding White-Label Platform

NovoPayment Platform as a Service

  • NovoPayment Inc.

Startup of the Year

Qwil PBC

  • Qwil PBC
  • Mastercard
  • Silicon Valley Bank

Judges’ Choice

Grameen America Disbursement Card

  • Wirecard North America
  • Grameen America

Best International Program


  • PPRO

Change Agent of the Year

Wirecard Card Solutions




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