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Cintas Announces Top 10 Finalists in Seventh-Annual Nationwide Custodian of the Year Contest


From creating a working kitchen for special needs children to using their own money to buy necessities for students, the top 10 finalists in the 2020 Custodian of the Year contest go above and beyond. Hosted by Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS), the Custodian of the Year contest shines a spotlight on the extraordinary yet often invisible heroes who contribute more than cleanliness to their schools. Now through April 17, the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite custodian at

"This contest shows just how important custodians are to their schools and communities," said Christiny Betsch, Marketing Manager, Cintas. "The number of heartfelt stories we received made it almost impossible to narrow down the top 10 finalists. These 10 finalists have hearts of gold, and we're honored to share their stories with the public."

The greatest number of public votes determines the winner of the 2020 Custodian of the Year contest. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize along with $5,000 in products and services for his or her school from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products. The winner's school will also receive a comprehensive training and development package from ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, valued at $20,000. A cash prize of $1,000 each and free tuition to one ISSA Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) training event, valued at $1,500, will be awarded to the remaining nine finalists.

"It was difficult narrowing down thousands of stories to 10 finalists," said John Barrett, Executive Director, ISSA. "Each custodian has their own unique story, showcasing their astonishing commitment and dedication, which is why these finalists are so worthy of recognition."

The top 10 finalists in the 2020 Custodian of the Year contest include (alphabetical order):

  1. Howell Beasley – Albertville Kindergarten and Pre-K (Albertville, Ala.)
  2. Tarelle Campbell – Beverly Hills STEM Elementary (Concord, N.C.)
  3. Bron Clayton – The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, Texas)
  4. Gregory Fisher – Barack Obama Charter Schools (Los Angeles)
  5. Niyaz Gasanov – Gateway Science Academy St. Louis Middle & High School (St. Louis, Mo.)
  6. Cindy Hain – Pennwood Middle School (Yardley, Penn.)
  7. Dossie Langford – West Elementary School (Wamego, Kan.)
  8. Wallace Manns – Desert Christian Academy (Bermuda Dunes, Calif.)
  9. Elia Ramirez – North Verdemont Elementary School (San Bernardino, Calif.)
  10. Benjamin Zimmerman – De Pere High School (De Pere, Wisc.)

For more information about the Custodian of the Year contest, please contact Jessie Koerner at or (551) 265-6921. A high-res Custodian of the Year logo, as well as photos of the top 10 finalists are available via Dropbox at

About Cintas Corporation:

Cintas Corporation helps over one million businesses of all types and sizes get READY™ to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers' image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and training and compliance courses, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.

About ISSA:

With more than 9,300 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—ISSA is the world's leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Parramatta, Australia; Whitby, Canada; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. Visit, join the discussion with ISSA's LinkedIn group, and follow ISSA on our Facebook page and Twitter account. For more information, visit, or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.

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