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Heartland Payment Systems(R) Wins Five Stevie(R) Awards in International Competition for Sales and Customer Service

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2013) - Heartland Payment Systems ( NYSE : HPY ), one of the nation's largest payments processors, earned five Stevie Awards in the seventh annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service(SM) competition. The company won a Silver Stevie Award in the Sales Technology Category for its atlas sales solution, and Bronze Stevie Awards in the Contact Center of the Year (Over 100 Seats), Innovation in Customer Service, Customer Service Team of the Year, and Customer Service Training Team of the Year categories.

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service honor the accomplishments of sales, customer service, and call/contact center professionals worldwide. More than 1,100 entries from worldwide organizations of all sizes and industry sectors were submitted to this year's competition.

"Our sales and customer service teams are the lifeblood of our organization and are well deserving of these honors," said Jeffery T. Nichols, executive director of Heartland Service Center (HSC) Operations in Jeffersonville, Ind. "The Stevie Awards showcase talent from across the globe and to win five awards further demonstrates the strength and depth of the Heartland organization. Additionally, we are especially pleased that atlas, our homegrown sales technology solution, was honored with a Silver Stevie Award, as it has been a game-changer for the way our relationship managers operate in the field while interacting with merchants on a daily basis."

Heartland's sales professionals serve as trusted business consultants, bringing innovative payment solutions to the company's more than 250,000 merchant locations across the country. These relationship managers are backed by a strong network of managers, mentors, training programs and proprietary technology that enable them to gain, retain and provide added value to customers. The Stevie Award comes on the heels of Heartland being named one of the "Best Companies to Sell For" by Selling Power® magazine for the fifth consecutive year.

Supporting the company's sales force and merchants is Heartland's powerful servicing organization that operates on a regional service model unique in the payments industry. Based at the HSC, Heartland's team of more than 800 customer advocates handle all service calls live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, never using call trees or auto-routing. These well-trained customer advocates are the product of Heartland's Customer Service Training Team, which runs a comprehensive employee professional development and training program that includes Heartland University, an on-site, accredited higher education program that works in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, the nation's largest community college system. These continuing education opportunities were created to contribute to the company's well-established training culture and help its employees grow in order to provide better service to Heartland's customers and sales force.

About Heartland Payment Systems
Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. ( NYSE : HPY ), the fifth largest payments processor in the United States, delivers payments processing, mobile commerce, eCommerce, marketing solutions, security technology, payroll solutions, and related business solutions and services to more than 250,000 business and educational locations nationwide. A FORTUNE 1000 company, Heartland is the founding supporter of The Merchant Bill of Rights, a public advocacy initiative that educates merchants about fair credit and debit card processing practices. Heartland also established The Sales Professional Bill of Rights to advocate for the rights of sales professionals everywhere. More detailed information can be found by visiting HeartlandPaymentSystems.com, HeartlandPaymentSystems.com/Careers, Heartlandpaymentsystems.com/Blog or following the company on Twitter @HeartlandHPY and Facebook at facebook.com/HeartlandHPY.

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