The 2019 MWAA Industry Achievement Award

O.B. Rawls IV

O.B. is an accomplished executive with a demonstrated record of success in the payments, banking and technology sectors. As CEO and President of iPayment, he was responsible for setting the vision and strategy for the organization to achieve annual growth and exceed revenue objectives.

Following the completion of Paysafe Group’s acquisition of iPayment in June 2018, O.B. became first the strategic advisor to Paysafe President and CEO Joel Leonoff, and then President of Payment Processing for North America for the Group. Prior to joining iPayment in 2016, O.B. served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager, Partner Solutions, First Data. His expansive career also includes executive leadership roles with Hypercom, Caredata, Unified Merchant Services and Bank of America. O.B. holds an MBA from Queens University of Charlotte and a BS in Social Work from East Carolina University.

Past Recipients

2018

Holly Targan
Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss

2017

Jim McCormick
Founder of the Midwest
Acquirers Association

John McCormick
Founder of the Midwest
Acquirers Association

Jaques Breton
Founder of the Northeast
Acquirers Association

Sherry Friedrichsen
Founder of the Western States
Acquirers Association

2016

Deana Rich
Rich Consulting

2015

Gerry Wagner
Discover Financial Services

2014

Bob Jenisch
Digital Transactions

2013

Biff Matthews
Owner of CardWare
International

2012

Mark Dunn
Field Guide Enterprises and
Treasurer of the MWAA

2011

Dan Neistadt
Electronic Merchant
Systems

2010

Linda Perry
ISTS Worldwide

2009

Donna Embry
Payment Alliance International

2008

Kim Fitzsimmons
First Data Corp

2007

Mike Ponder
Integrity Payment Systems

2006

Dick Draper
PeriPheron Technologies

2005

John Rante
President of Online Data Corp

2004

Paul Green
The Greensheet

2003

Robert O. Carr
Heartland Payment Systems
The inaugural MWAA
Industry Achievement Award