PYMNTS Announces 2016 Innovator Award Winners

the premier source of news and commentary on innovation in payments and
commerce is pleased to honor the recipients of the 2016 PYMNTS Innovator
Awards that were announced during a live Ceremony and Awards dinner to
celebrate the conclusion of Innovation Project 2016 a two-day thought
leadership event for payments executives.

The PYMNTS Innovator Awards are viewed as the most prestigious
recognition in the payments industry and boast a submission, selection
and voting process that is unmatched in intellectual rigor and
competitive energy. In addition to facing 9 judges at the top of the
payments industry, award candidates were also received thousands of
votes from their payments peers. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were
distributed across 16 categories including Most Innovative, Most
Disruptive and Best Technology.

“I’m so pleased to congratulate all the award winners,” Karen Webster
CEO of says. “We had a record breaking amount of votes this
year and thanks to our impressive caliber of judges, I think we were
able to truly recognize the best of the best in the payments industry
this year.”

A representative from Square were on hand to receive the prestigious
Catalyst Award, which recognizes companies that live up to the true
spirit of innovation. In the year of its public debut, Square has done
this by entering new markets and launching products like the Cash Drawer

Uber was honored with PYMNTS first-ever Matchmaker Award, which honors a
platform that has served a diverse group of customers while creating a
highly disruptive platform.

The event also recognized the talents of an outstanding woman in the
payments industry. The Women To Watch award was given to Talbott
Roche, CEO and President of leading prepaid and payments network
Blackhawk Network. Roche joined the company in 2001, when it was still a
part of Safeway’s marketing division.

Dan Charron, First Data Executive Vice President and Head of Global
Business Solutions, was named the YoPro Leader and Mentor, which
acknowledges those who work to bring young professionals into the
payments industry.

Boomtown CEO and Founder Chip Kahn earned the Mike P. Duffy Leadership
award, an accolade honoring the entrepreneurial spirit of the late Chase
Paymentech executive Mike Duffy, who passed away in 2013 shortly before
the first Innovation Project. Kahn founded and run four payments & tech
companies before launching BoomTown, which provides corporate tech

For more information about the awards dinner and to see a full list of
the PYMNTS Innovation Awards winners please visit the
Innovation Project website

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About the Innovation Project
Over two content -packed days
this March 16 & 17, The Innovation Project 2016, powered by,
will convene the most thoughtful minds from established players,
emerging disruptors, and entrepreneurial visionaries in the world of
payments and commerce on the campus of Harvard University. Leading and
participating in these discussions will be the most innovative,
thoughtful and dynamic players from their sectors.

*Please note that The Innovation Project™ and℠ are not
affiliated with Harvard University, nor is the Innovation Project™ 2016
a Harvard University program or activity.

Lauren Miyamoto, 714-679-0955