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Paybefore Reveals 2015 Paybefore Awards Top Honors at APEX

2015_PB_awards_logo_plainPaybefore announced the 2015 Best-in-Category and Industry Achievement Award Winners today in Las Vegas at All Payments Expo. In its ninth year, Paybefore Awards is the longest-running and most prestigious industry awards for prepaid and emerging payments.

The fight for the top spot in each of 25 categories was intense, with formidable programs and companies from the U.S., Japan, U.K., Turkey, Italy, Canada and Thailand competing.

“This year’s competition demonstrates the global nature of prepaid and emerging payments. Cross-border payments came up big across several categories as did virtual solutions for B2B payments,” said Loraine DeBonis, Paybefore editor-in-chief and chair of the judging panel. “We also saw the most feature-rich, pro-consumer products in the history of Paybefore Awards. We know payments and financial services are challenging businesses with a complex regulatory environment, but our winners consistently make it look easy for clients and end users.”

The Best-in-Category results were tallied from the votes of three outside judges—Lori Breitzke, E&S Consulting; Rob Rosenblatt, R2 Payments Associates; Michael Mueller, angel investor and co-founder of paysafecard—as well as DeBonis and Paybefore CEO Marilyn Bochicchio. For the third year, Paybefore invited visitors from Paybefore.com to weigh in on Best in Category in Sixth Judge voting. Participation shattered past records, with a remarkable tally of more than 21,200 votes, which supported the judges or swayed the final outcome in 16 categories.

“It is extremely difficult to win a Paybefore Award because the level of competition has been elevated to a very high standard,” said Bochicchio. “Each winner should be viewed as an industry leader and proud of its accomplishments.”

The 2015 Awards ceremony closed with the Industry Achievement Award presented to Jeremy Kuiper, managing director, Payment Solutions, The Bancorp.

“Under Jeremy’s leadership, The Bancorp has grown to become the largest prepaid card issuer in the U.S., with more than 70 million cards in distribution.

“But it’s what he’s done outside the bank that convinced the judges to cast their votes for Jeremy,” she explained. “Jeremy was a founding member of the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association and served as chairman from 2012-2013. He is a passionate advocate for using emerging payments to create positive benefits for all.”

2015 Paybefore Awards Best-in-Category Winners are:

Best Choice Retail Card

Walmart Closed Loop Gift Card

  • Walmart
  • First Data

Top of Wallet

Balance Financial Prepaid MasterCard

  • Walgreens
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Galileo

Outstanding Pay Solution (Platform)

OceanPay Visa Prepaid Card

  • Brightwell Payments
  • The Bancorp

Outstanding Pay Solution (Program)

Global Cash Card for Popeyes

  • Global Cash Card
  • MasterCard Worldwide

Top Motivator

Delta Air Lines Performance Pays Debit Card

  • Xerox
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Comerica Bank

Best Health Benefits Delivery Program

The Alegeus Technologies Benefit Debit Card

  • Alegeus Technologies

Best Benefits Delivery – TIE

MyChoice Prepaid – Tax Refund Program

  • Wave Crest Group Limited
  • Citi Flu Care
  • Citi Prepaid Services

Best B2B Problem Solver


  • StoneEagle Services Inc.
  • MasterCard Worldwide

Head of the Class

Oink Card

  • Discover Prepaid
  • Virtual Piggy
  • Marqeta

Best Travel Companion

STA ISIC Prepaid MasterCard CashCard

  • Tuxedo Money Solutions
  • STA Travel
  • ISIC

Prepaid with Heart

Pink ACE Elite Visa Prepaid Debit Card

  • ACE Cash Express
  • NetSpend
  • MetaBank

Pay World Award

Paylution Prepaid Card

  • hyperWALLET
  • The Bancorp

Think Local, Pay Global

  • Payoneer

Consumer Champion

American Express Serve

  • American Express

Consumer Value


  • InComm

M-Wallet of the Year

Wallet by truemoney

  • True Money
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • True Corporation

Gotta-Have Mobile App


  • Green Dot Corporation

Top Digital Dollars

Reloadit Safe

  • Blackhawk Network

Consumer Connection

Walgreens Race Around America presented by Balance Financial

  • Walgreens
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Galileo

Best Dressed   

Cracker Barrel Gift Card Tin/Peg Game Blister Pack

  • InComm
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Sam’s Club

Outstanding White-Label Platform  

CashStar Digital Gifting Platform

  • CashStar Inc.

Change Agent of the Year

Visa Inc.

One to Watch

Marqeta Inc.


Navy Cash/Marine Cash

  • Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Navy

Judges’ Choice

NFCU Visa Buxx App

  • Cachet Financial Solutions Inc.
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Visa Inc.

Breakout Company of the Year

Stored Value Solutions

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 4:15 pm and is filed under Top Stories.

3 thoughts on “Paybefore Reveals 2015 Paybefore Awards Top Honors at APEX

  1. Yes. Right selection for
    “Think Local, Pay Global” to Payoneer.
    Congrats #Payoneer for your achievement.
    Jobaer Ahmed, Chittagong, Bangladesh.


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