Cintas Hosts Second Annual Business Retreat

Posted March 18, 2016 at 3:53 pm

(l/r) Ken Cartwright, XLC Services; Steve Hightower, Hightowers Petroleum; Karen Cooper, SmartIT; J. Phillip Holloman, Cintas Corp.; Pamela Brailsford, Cintas; Lonnie Grayson, Environmental & Safety Solutions; Bill Miller and Denver Clark, Jones Lang LaSalle.

In an effort to support continued growth of minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE), Cintas Corp., Mason, OH, recently held its second annual business retreat in Orlando, FL. The event welcomed numerous diverse suppliers and corporate procurement leaders for three days of professional development and networking, according to a news release.

“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, Cintas’ senior director of supplier diversity and sustainability. “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 corporations and MWBE partners including d.e. Foxx & Associates, Environmental & Safety Solutions Inc., Hightowers Petroleum and SmartIT. The conference agenda included a series of sessions, such as “Disrupting the Supply Chain,” “The Power of Innovation” and “The Alignment of Strategy and Excellence.”

For more information about supplier diversity at Cintas, visit