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Harte-Hanks Announces Jonathan Sander Named Direct Marketing Educational Foundation 'Rising Star' in Direct/Interactive Marketing Field

Sander, Who Leads Social Media Strategy for Business-to-Business Agency Mason Zimbler, a Harte-Hanks Company, Also Active as a Mentor and Community Contributor

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 03/26/12 -- Harte-Hanks, Inc. (NYSE: HHS), a worldwide multichannel, direct and targeted marketing company, today announced that Jonathan Sander, director of planning and social media at Mason Zimbler, has been named a 2012 Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF) Rising Star, and is among five other Rising Star recipients to be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 5 in New York City.

The DMEF Rising Stars Award acknowledges individuals 40 years or younger who are recognized as leaders in the direct/interactive marketing field. The award focuses on industry professionals who demonstrate both a high level of success in business and also exhibit a strong commitment to giving back to the direct marketing field through education, mentoring, and other forms of support.

"As we are honored to have Jon recognized on our team, we also see the bigger picture of how we develop and employ new skill sets as marketers," said Spencer Joyner, corporate officer and vice president, direct marketing, Harte-Hanks. "Millennials are changing the way we work, and they are motivated to serve in the community in innovative ways. Jon leads here by example -- and we are all better for it."

"Jon is a rising star," said Kevin Kerner, managing director, Mason Zimbler U.S. "Since Jon first joined our agency in 2010, he has been a tireless advocate and educator for the use of social media across the enterprise. As a result of his efforts, many clients are quickly integrating social media in all areas of their business including sales, marketing, services, product development and brand. But that's just part of the story -- Jon also gives back by mentoring others, recruiting top-notch graduates as digital marketers in an integrated environment, and working in the community for positive outcomes."

According to Kerner, Sander serves as a mentor to recent grads and college students looking to start a career in social media. He frequently participates in career events at local universities and contributes time to AD2TX, an Austin, TX-based group dedicated to supporting student marketers who are looking to network among professionals in the marketing space. Sander also assists in the planning and strategy of Mason Zimbler's pro-bono work with the Austin Children's Shelter.

The DMEF Rising Stars Awards will be presented at the Rising Stars Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 5, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., at Gotham Hall in New York City. The Rising Stars is the only event in the nation dedicated to recognizing young professional leaders in direct/interactive marketing while supporting programs in higher education that attract the best and brightest students to the field. Ticket information is available here: Rising Stars Awards Dinner

About the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation
Headquartered in New York City and founded in 1966, the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF) works to attract, educate, and place college students in direct/interactive marketing careers, and, thereby, expanding and enriching the talent pool of trained, market-ready marketers. For additional information about the DMEF, its mission, and its programs, visit www.directworks.org.

About Harte-Hanks®
Harte-Hanks, Inc. is a worldwide, direct and targeted marketing company that provides direct marketing services and shopper advertising opportunities to local, regional, national and international consumer and business-to-business marketers. Visit the Harte-Hanks Website at http://www.harte-hanks.com or call (800) 456-9748.

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