Mercator Advisory Group Appoints Ben Jackson Director of Prepaid Advisory Service

 Jackson to focus on prepaid regulatory issues, prepaid industry trends, business models and the economics of prepaid, and placing prepaid into a larger business planning context.

Mercator Advisory Group has announced the promotion of Ben Jackson, from senior analyst to director of the [Prepaid Advisory Service __title__ ].

Ben will report to Tim Sloane, a founding member of [Mercator Advisory Group __title__ ], former director of the Prepaid Service who was recently promoted to VP of Payments Innovation, a role in which he will be responsible for identifying and analyzing trends across practices to develop relevant insights regarding the future of the payments industry.

“Ben has published extraordinary research during his time as a senior analyst and also managed complex client custom consulting engagements that delivered exceptional results. The members of the Prepaid Advisory Service have already come to rely on Ben,” Sloane said. “I’m pleased that Ben will continue working with me as we work through our shared perspective regarding the research still to be accomplished and how prepaid will evolve. I look forward to staying engaged with our Prepaid clients as I pursue technological and business-related themes that will impact not only prepaid, but the research agenda for the Emerging Technologies Advisory Service.”

Ben has over 14 years of experience in banking and payments research and writing and is an expert on applying prepaid to help organizations solve tactical and strategic problems. Ben's areas of expertise include:

- Prepaid regulatory issues

- Closed-loop prepaid industry trends

- Open-loop prepaid industry trends

- Business models and the economics of prepaid

- Placing prepaid into a larger business planning context

Ben 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.

Prior to joining Mercator Advisory Group, 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

Before his work as a consultant, Ben covered the prepaid industry and community banking for SourceMedia, where he served as an editor for Prepaid Trends and for Mobile Banker and worked as a leading writer for the American Banker. His research and analytical background also includes work as a municipal bond analyst for Federated Investors Inc.

Ben has spoken frequently at major industry events, including the Motivation Show, Prepaid Expo, and The Prepaid Press Expo. He has been quoted in many media outlets, including, American Banker,, and Digital Transactions.

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