Roles and Responsibilities
Ben is Director of Mercator Advisory Group's Prepaid Advisory Service. Ben has over 10 years of experience in banking and payments research and is an expert on applying prepaid to help organizations solve tactical and strategic problems.BackgroundPrevious ExperienceBen has advised financial institutions on launching prepaid programs, helped retailers evaluate closed-loop strategies, and worked with third party processors and program managers on all aspects of their programs. He has also been instrumental in producing Mercator Advisory Group's annual benchmarks on the prepaid industry that document the size and shape of the overall prepaid market.Before joining Mercator, Ben worked as an independent consultant for a variety of clients, including the National Community Investment Fund, for whom he documented the intricate workings of the prepaid card industry in the report "Demystifying Prepaid Cards: An Opportunity for the Community Development Banking Institution Sector", which was identified as one of "15 Must Read Prepaid Debit Card Research Reports" by GetDebit.com.Before working as a consultant, Ben covered the prepaid industry and community banking for SourceMedia, where he served as an editor for Prepaid Trends, Mobile Banker, and worked as a leading writer for the American Banker. Ben's research and analytical background also includes work as a municipal bond analyst for Federated Investors Inc.Ben's areas of expertise include, closed-loop prepaid industry trends, open-loop prepaid industry trends, business models and the economics of prepaid, and placing prepaid into a larger business planning context.Ben has spoken frequently at major industry events, including the Power of Prepaid, PayThink, and The Prepaid Press Expo. He has been quoted in many media outlets, including The Atlantic, American Banker, and Digital Transactions.
13th Annual U.S. Open-Loop Prepaid Cards Market Forecasts, 2016–2019Reports - September 22, 2016
Self-Use of Gift Cards in the United StatesNotes - September 15, 2016
Retail Gift Card Trends in the United States: 2015 in ReviewReports - August 19, 2016
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