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October 25, 2012

Heartland Payment Systems Honored with Salute to Excellence Award

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, is honored as the supplier recipient of the 2012 Salute to Excellence Supplier Award, presented by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The Foundation presents Heartland Payment Systems with the award for their commitment to education, dedication to their community and contributions to the future of foodservice.

Heartland Payment Systems and employees have proven their enthusiasm and optimism for Wisconsin’s foodservice industry and foodservice education through long-time support of WRA and its Education Foundation. In addition to their commitment as the association’s endorsed credit card processor, Heartland has demonstrated strong dedication to WRA’s success and the success of WRA members. The company has sponsored the annual WRA Awards Dinner, donated to the Wisconsin Restaurant Expo and supported the prestigious Golf Classic and other WRA and Foundation programs. Representatives from the company have also volunteered on multiple occasions for WRA and Foundation fundraisers.

“Heartland Payment Systems is a dedicated industry partner,” says Bryan Mowry, Managing Director of the WRA Education Foundation. “Their support and involvement in foodservice education programs really makes a difference.”

The WRA Education Foundation proudly presents Heartland Payment Systems with the 2012 Salute to Excellence Supplier Award.

Each year, the WRA EF recognizes five individuals and one company for dedication and commitment to education in the restaurant industry as Salute to Excellence honorees. Other 2012 Salute to Excellence honorees include: Chef John Balistrieri (Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton), Chef John Johnson (Madison College, Madison), Ed Klinger (Moose Inn Supper Club & Catering, Wautoma), Glenda McCracken (Orfordville Parkview High School, Orfordville) and Bruce Wolf, FMP, CMA (Rock Garden Conference Center, Green Bay). Each honoree creates opportunities for people interested in foodservice industry careers. They have worked in a variety of roles, in different parts of the state, but they share an enthusiasm and optimism for the future of the restaurant industry.

The Salute to Excellence awards are presented at the 2012 Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, October 14 at The Crystal Room at Buffalo Phil’s Grille in the Wisconsin Dells. More information on the event is available at www.wirestaurant.org.

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The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college-prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.

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