According to a recent press release, they’re making big moves to gain the spotlight. The Illinois Restaurant Association has selected Heartland Payment Systems, one of the nation’s largest payments processors, as its exclusive endorsed provider of card processing, gift marketing, tip management and check management solutions. Heartland’s payroll services will be added to the endorsed offering effective June 7, 2010. This integrated suite of solutions is a product of the first-ever unified payments processing platform for the restaurant industry.
“Partnering with Heartland provides our members access to the most advanced payments technology in the industry, technology that can help them save time and money in the management of key business services,” said Sheila O’Grady, president at the Illinois Restaurant Association. “Through its advocacy and education initiatives, it’s clear Heartland has the best interests of restaurateurs — and the restaurant industry — at heart.”
Bob Carr, chairman and chief executive officer at Heartland, added, “At Heartland, we’re on a mission with the IRA and other restaurant associations to educate and empower operators so they can improve their bottom lines and their businesses. Restaurateurs deserve fair-deal, best-in-class business solutions and support — and that’s exactly what we give them.”
Earlier this year, Heartland, the National Restaurant Association, the Council of State Restaurant Associations and many state restaurant associations launched Full Course Business Solutions(SM), a revolutionary suite of tools and resources designed to help restaurateurs enhance their operations and maximize their profitability. Illinois is the 41st state restaurant association to join this alliance.
“Earning our partnership with the Illinois Restaurant Association is a significant milestone as Heartland continues to expand and deepen our relationships with state restaurant associations nationwide,” said Dennis Carpenter, director of association alliances at Heartland. “We look forward to working with the IRA and its member restaurants.”