Cintas Corporation Drives Economic Inclusion at 2nd Annual Business Retreat

Exclusive event brings together corporate sourcing managers and
minority and women-owned businesses

CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to the Minority Business Development Agency, there are more
than 17 million minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in
the U.S.1 In an effort to support continued growth of these
firms, Cintas
(NASDAQ: CTAS) held its second annual business retreat
in Orlando, Fla., March 1-3. The event welcomed numerous diverse
suppliers and corporate procurement leaders for three days of
professional development and networking.

“The number of minority and women-owned businesses is on a steady rise,
aiding job creation and generating more than $3.2 trillion in annual
sales,” said Pamela Brailsford, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity
and Sustainability, Cintas Corporation. “Our business retreat encourages
this trend by sharing best practices on everything from supply chain
management to product innovation. Attending MWBEs also connect with
potential partners and business leaders to help position their firms for
long-term success.”

The retreat, created and managed by The Abercrumbie Group, brought
together 60 executives from leading corporations and MWBE partners
including d.e. Foxx & Associates, Environmental & Safety Solutions Inc.,
Hightowers Petroleum and SmartIT. Attendees benefited from a series of
planning and impact sessions, including “Disrupting the Supply Chain,”
“The Power of Innovation” and “The Alignment of Strategy and Excellence.”

“This event gave us the opportunity to take part in stimulating
conversations, and make meaningful connections with business leaders we
might not otherwise have access to,” said Stephen Hightower, President
and CEO, Hightowers Petroleum Co. “The guest speaker presentations
provided a wealth of information, and the planning sessions enabled us
to apply our learnings into actionable goals.”

“Building relationships with qualified diverse suppliers should be a
high priority for every sourcing manager,” said Bill Miller, Senior Vice
President- Supply Chain Management and Procurement, Jones Lang Lasalle
Americas, one of the event’s corporate sponsors. “The retreat created
inspiring dialogues and allowed us to better understand how these
suppliers can address critical product and service needs.”

For more information about supplier diversity at Cintas, visit

About Cintas Corporation

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly
specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout
North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate
identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning
and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid,
safety, fire protection products and services. Cintas is a publicly held
company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol
CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.



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