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MWAA recognizes Paysafe’s O.B. Rawls with 2019 Industry Achievement Award

Jun 20, 2019

MidWest Acquirers Association’s career-recognition award to be presented to President of Payment Processing North America at annual conference in July 

Houston, Texas  Leading global payments provider Paysafe Group (Paysafe) today announced that the MidWest Acquirers Association (MWAA) has chosen O.B. Rawls, President of Payment Processing North America, as its 2019 Industry Achievement Award recipient.

Recognizing Rawls’s entire payments career, the award will be presented at 4:30 p.m. CDT July 17th at the MWAA 2019 Conference, held in the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumburg, Illinois, where Paysafe will also be exhibiting at Booth HM09. The presentation of the Industry Achievement Award will be a highlight of the first day of MWAA 2019, which concludes July 18th.

Rawls will be honored for a payments career spanning over 30 years, including his current position at Paysafe and previous leadership role at iPayment. As CEO at iPayment, Rawls proved instrumental in growing the payment and processing solutions provider until its acquisition by Paysafe in June 2018. This transformed Paysafe into a top-5 non-bank acquirer in the US, and saw Rawls appointed as President of the Group’s payment processing division for both the US and Canada.

Additional milestones in Rawls’s vast career in payments and financial services include expanding POS hardware company Hypercom into emerging markets in South America, Asia, and Russia, developing pioneering joint ventures at First Data, and growing the acquiring division at Bank of America.

Rawls said: “Winning the MWAA Industry Achievement Award is a great honor – not only for me but also for the payment professionals I’ve worked with over the course of my career. This award acknowledges their outstanding contribution to the industry.”

He added: “It’s currently a very exciting time for the payments business – and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with my colleagues at Paysafe to shape our industry’s future.”

Dinah Suppes, President & Board Member at MWAA, said: “MWAA is proud to award the 2019 Industry Achievement Award to O.B. Rawls. O.B.’s extensive contributions to the industry have established him as an iconic figure in the payments space. He has had the kind of career and reputation we all aspire to: combining knowledge and a commitment to relationships.”

The presentation of the 2019 Industry Achievement Award at MWAA 2019 marks the second time Rawls has received US payments industry recognition in almost as many months. On April 30th, the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) honored him with the 2019 ‘Distinguished Payments Professional’ Star Award at the ETA TRANSACT conference in Las Vegas.  


About Paysafe Group
Paysafe Group (Paysafe) is a leading global provider of end-to-end payment solutions. Its core purpose is to enable businesses and consumers to connect and transact seamlessly through industry-leading capabilities in payment processing, digital wallet, card issuing and online cash solutions. 

With over 20 years of online payment experience, an annualized transactional volume of over US $85 billion, and approximately 3,000 employees located in 12+ global locations, Paysafe connects businesses and consumers across 200 payment types in over 40 currencies around the world.

Delivered through an integrated platform, Paysafe solutions are geared toward mobile-initiated transactions, real-time analytics and the convergence between brick-and-mortar and online payments. Visit us at

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About the Midwest Acquirers Association (MWAA) and MWAA 2019
The MWAA was founded on the belief it is important to educate payment professionals, such as ISOs, MSPs and financial institutions with the constantly changing information our industry dictates. We are committed to bringing you this information by involving all aspects of our community. We are a nonprofit, no-membership independent forum dedicated to payments professionals.

Our Mission is to provide a regional opportunity for training, education and networking in the Midwest acquiring community. We provide a forum for the discussion of issues related to the payments industry.

Our 17th Annual Conference (#MWAA2019) will be held at the ‘Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel’. This 1½ day conference will be filled with educational and networking opportunities, dynamic speakers and an exhibit hall featuring the latest in payments and value-added products and services.

For further information, please contact:
Nick Say: Manager, Corporate Communications, North America, Paysafe Group
T: +1-514 849-8595 /