About John

John Knox Tyson Since starting his own practice, John Knox Tyson has counseled multiple MSBs in navigating the federal and state regulatory waters. He has also worked with clients to develop compliance policies and procedures that they can successfully implement, primarily by understanding their business models and practices as a critical first step.
  • Experienced attorney, licensed to practice law in New York and Texas – since 1997
  • Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) – since 2009
  • Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) – since 2006
  • Chief Compliance Office for RealPage, Inc. 2013-2014
  • Vice President of Compliance for ACE Cash Express 2007-2013
  • Speaker at 2015 Dallas Bar Association: “Liabilities in Digital Money / Electronic Payment Systems”
  • Published in February 2015 Chartwell Compass: “New York Department of Financial Services to Publish Revisions to Proposed BitLicense Regulations” (PDF)
  • ACE Cash Express Franchisee 2003-2005
  • Speaker at 2013 Network Branded Prepaid Card Alliance (NBPCA) Conference
  • 2010-13 Instructor at the Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA) AML Compliance School
  • Speaker at the 2010 MoneyLaundering.com International Anti-Money Laundering Conference
  • North Texas ACAMS Board of Directors Member 2011 to 2014
  • Attended ABA National Compliance School
  • Attended the NACHA Payments Institute


Worked at ACE Cash Express, with over 1700 storefront locations and for over 10 years as a franchisee, operator, and head of compliance
  • Prepaid Access Compliance Experience: ACE was the largest distributor of the netSpend general purpose reloadable card
  • BSA/AML/USA PATRIOT Act/OFAC Compliance Experience: ACE was the largest provider of check cashing services
  • Short Term/Small Dollar Loan Experience: ACE was the second largest provider of short term small dollar loans
  • Money Transmitter: in addition to being a licensed money transmitter in 35 states and the District of Columbia, ACE was the second largest authorized delegate of MoneyGram, and was an authorized delegate Western Union and CheckFree Pay

Strong Leader

John has led both large and small organizations through compliance related changes.


Listening for areas of agreement and building consensus with the various constituencies of the business, be they information systems, marketing, product development, operations and legal. John is an Eagle Scout.

Strategic Thinker

With a solid understanding of BOTH the regulatory environment and business objectives. Creative problem solving. Bridging the gap between regulatory requirements and business goals.

Excellent Communicator

Build consensus by earning the trust of various constituents including regulators, board of directors, senior management, all other levels of management, and frontline employees.


Lead by example to cultivate a compliance culture and build consensus.