SOURCE: Heartland Payment Systems

February 15, 2012 14:56 ET

Thomas McCole Joins Heartland Payment Systems® as Executive Director of Affiliates

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - Feb 15, 2012) - Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY), one of the nation's largest payments processors, has named Thomas McCole as executive director of affiliates. With more than 20 years of experience in mobile payment processing and management, McCole will lead Heartland's affiliate relationships with major accounts, banks, associations, VARs and more.

In addition to previously consulting with Heartland where he was responsible for, among other things, developing major account relationships with vending manufacturers, operators, and bottlers, McCole was a principal at Atomic Mobile Payments where he provided dealer/affiliate business development consulting services.

Before that, he built his extensive management experience in wireless/IP payment processing products, mobile payment processing, affiliate networking, and management with companies such as Hypercom Solutions Group, Transaction Network Services, NBS Technologies, Inc., Atomic Software, SK Technologies, Weste POS Systems and more. McCole holds a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University and was a U.S. Army photographer in Germany.

"Tom completed two separate consulting roles with Heartland and through those assignments, he proved to be an invaluable asset to the organization," said Bob Carr, Heartland's chairman and chief executive officer. "With a renewed focus on affiliates, we knew Tom would be the ideal executive for this role and should excel in expanding and deepening Heartland's various affiliate relationships."

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 or follow the company on Twitter @HeartlandHPY and Facebook at

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