Heartland was founded on principles of honesty, integrity and providing merchants fair, clear solutions that cut through the industry’s smoke and mirrors.
Heartland is in the business of helping you prosper. We are a company of entrepreneurs—delivering effective solutions in payment and payroll processing, lending, e-Commerce and point of sale as well as security, technology and marketing. We focus on customer relationships and take pride in serving as your advocate. I empower merchants to take control of their credit card processing by listening to and learning about their business, educating them on the card processing industry and how the product(s) they’re paying for are designed to work, and providing them with solutions tailored to help them be most successful.
Heartland processed its first card transaction on July 15, 1997. In 2001 the company received a $40 million private equity investment from Greenhill Capital Partners, L.P. (New York, NY), LLR Partners, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA), and their affiliated investment funds. The company went public on the New York Stock Exchange on August 11, 2005. On May 17, 2010, Heartland announced its debut on the list of America’s largest companies at #954.
On May 24, 2009, Heartland commercially launched their E3 solution, an end-to-end encryption technology designed to safeguard credit and debit card account information from the moment of card swipe and through the Heartland network. Gartner Analyst Avivah Litan stated that Heartland “is basically leading the way for the rest of the industry.” She also characterized its plan for end-to-end encryption as the first effort of its kind in the US. Other processors including Worldpay US and several First Data ISO’s announced end-to-end encryption initiatives soon after Heartland announced theirs.
In April 2016, Heartland and Global Payments completed their merger agreement. The combined company, Global Payments Inc., is publicly traded (NYSE: GPN), has more than 8,500 employees worldwide and provides market-leading payments solutions to nearly 2.5 million merchants in 29 countries globally.