Cintas Corp. founder headlines Distinguished Speakers Series

Richard Farmer discussing what he's learning in the business | April 10, 2008

Founder and chair of Cintas Corp. Richard T. Farmer is speaking on Friday, April 18, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Duff Banquet Hall as part of the Williams College of Business Distinguished Speakers Series.

From humble beginnings, Richard T. Farmer launched a business that was recently ranked among Fortune magazine’s list of “America’s Most Admired Companies” for the eighth consecutive year. Farmer began working in his family’s industrial rag business as a child, a business he helped to build into a public company now known as Cintas Corp. Today, Cintas has 34,000 employees in more than 400 locations, serves 800,000 businesses and reported revenue of $3.7 billion in 2007. Farmer remains involved in corporate and civic affairs with numerous memberships and appointments. He is a past director of Fifth Third Bancorp, Bethesda Hospital, Safety-Kleen, Bowne and Eagle Picher Industries, and received Doctor of Law degrees from Miami University and Xavier University. Farmer and his wife Joyce have three children and 10 grandchildren.
 
The Distinguished Speakers Series brings top-level business, academic and political leaders to campus to discuss world issues, introduce new ideas, generate discussion and further the educational mission of the college. Additionally, students, faculty, alumni and members of the business community have the opportunity to interact with the speaker at each event.
 
Previous speakers include Robert Castellini, chair of Castellini Co. and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds, Procter & Gamble president and CEO A.G. Lafley, E.W. Scripps president and CEO Kenneth W. Lowe, Ellyn McColgan, president of Fidelity Brokerage Co., and Sara Mathew, president and COO of Dun & Bradstreet.
 
Attendance for this event is available only through table sponsorships. A table of eight can be reserved for $2,000. The proceeds are used for student and faculty development. In addition to the presentation and lunch, your company receives its name on the table and in the event program. For more information please call 513-745-2820. Reservations deadline is April 8.