Cintas Introduces Top 10 Finalists in Fifth Annual Nationwide Janitor of the Year Contest

CINCINNATI - [March 19, 2018] – From super heroes to fairy godmothers, this year’s top 10 finalists for Cintas Corporation’s (NASDAQ: CTAS) 2018 Janitor of the Year Contest are extraordinary individuals. In its fifth year, the Janitor of the Year Contest aims to draw attention to the everyday heroes that wear invisible capes and go above and beyond their job description to make schools a clean, healthy and fun learning environment. Now through April 20, the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite janitor or custodian at

“With over 3,200 nominations in total, we doubled in size compared to last year’s contest. There were so many heartfelt stories from students, teachers and parents, making it incredibly difficult to narrow down the finalists,” said Jillian Bauer, Marketing Manager, Cintas. “These 10 janitors stuck out not only because they do their job exceedingly well, but because they have left a positive and lasting impact on their schools. These finalists redefine what it means to be a school janitor.”

The 2018 Janitor of the Year winner will be determined by the number of votes and will receive a $5,000 cash prize along with $5,000 in products and services for his or her school from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products – not to mention bragging rights. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to each of the remaining nine finalists.

“Now, it’s up to local communities, and the rest of the nation, to support these inspiring custodians and show them just how thankful we are for their hard work and endless compassion,” added Bauer.

The top 10 finalists in the 2018 Janitor of the Year contest include:

  1. Lazaro Calderon – St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School (Miami)
  2. Bob Cook – Sands Montessori (Cincinnati)
  3. Rita Corona – University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago)
  4. Jeff Crecelius – Francisco Elementary School (Francisco, Ind.)
  5. Frank Hernandez – Kalmiopsis Elementary School (Brookings, Ore.)
  6. Rudy Hernandez – Tozer Elementary School (Windsor, Colo.)
  7. Flora Lara – W.T. Henning Elementary School (Sulphur, La.)
  8. Kris Pomp – East Dale Elementary School (Fairmont, W.Va.)
  9. Dennis “Doc” Stadler – Lake Country (elementary) School (Hartland, Wis.)
  10. Mark Zaidel – Harris Hill Elementary School (Williamsville, N.Y.)

For more information regarding the Janitor of the Year contest, please contact Jennifer Petersen at or 312-664-1532. A high-res Janitor of the Year logo, as well as photos of the top 10 finalists are available Dropbox at

About Cintas Corporation:
Cintas Corporation helps more than 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 safety and compliance training, 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.