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Heartland Payment Systems(R) Hires First Sales Professional, Jodi Mork, From Tallahassee Recruitment and Awareness Building Campaign


March 20, 2012 - Princeton, NJ

Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY), one of the nation's largest payments processors, today announced that it has hired Jodi Mork as a relationship (sales) manager in Tallahassee, Fla. Mork will be responsible for expanding Heartland's merchant customer base in Tallahassee through the sales of Heartland services such as credit card processing, gift marketing programs, payroll processing and more.

A Tallahassee resident, Mork is the first new hire in Tallahassee as a result of Heartland's targeted recruitment and awareness building campaign (www.heartlandtallahassee.com) that began in February. The campaign included print, transit, television and radio advertisements, billboards, digital marketing, social media and public relations to help recruit, hire and build a local sales force, as well as to educate local merchants on the company's core services.

"Jodi's extensive and diverse sales background will be an asset to Heartland as the company looks to expand its presence in the Tallahassee marketplace," said Moriah Murphy, Heartland's director of marketing for the Tallahassee region. "Our 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 merchant customers."

Bringing more than 10 years of sales and marketing experience across several industries, Mork has worked as a marketing outreach specialist with WellCare Health Plans, assistant executive director for Compass Management & Consulting, sales representative with Merck & Co. and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, and as assistant executive director of Harris Management Group.

A graduate of Florida State University, Mork is actively involved with several Tallahassee area organizations including the Tally Awards, the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, Florida State Varsity Club, Tallahassee Little Theater, Tallahassee Society of Association Executives and more.

To learn about career opportunities at Heartland, visit HeartlandPaymentSystems.com/Careers.

About Heartland Payment Systems
Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. (NYSE: HPY), the fifth largest payments processor in the United States, delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processing, gift marketing and loyalty programs, payroll and related business solutions to more than 250,000 business 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. The company is also a leader in the development of end-to-end encryption technology designed to protect cardholder data, rendering it useless to cybercriminals. For more detailed information, visit HeartlandPaymentSystems.com or follow the company on Twitter @HeartlandHPY and Facebook at facebook.com/HeartlandHPY.

Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature which represent our management's beliefs and assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are based on information currently available to us. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements due to many factors, including risks and additional factors that are described in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

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Media Contacts:
Michael J. LaCosta
Director of Public Relations
Heartland Payment Systems
1-888-798-3131, ex. 2245
michael.lacosta@e-hps.com

Leanne Scott Brown
Vault Communications
610-455-2742
lbrown@vaultcommunications.com

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