Cintas Reveals This Year’s Top 10 Finalists For Its Custodian Of The Year Contest

Cintas Corporation has announced the top 10 finalists for its 11th annual Cintas Custodian of the Year contest. This year’s finalists across the U.S. have shown tremendous dedication and commitment to their schools. From now through April 12, the public can vote for their favorite custodian at custodianoftheyear.com.

“Every year we receive thousands of heartfelt nominations and inspirational stories,” John Rudy, Senior Marketing Director of Cintas, said. “It’s not an easy decision to make, but this year’s top 10 finalists are exceptionally deserving of recognition for the hard work they contribute to their schools as well as their communities.”

The greatest number of public votes determines the winner of the Cintas Custodian of the Year contest. Cintas will award $10,000 to the winning custodian and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial products and services to the winner’s school. The winning school will also receive a complete facility assessment valued at $20,000, in partnership with the Cleaning Industry Management Standard, advanced by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council certification from The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, ISSA. Cintas will also award the winning school a pizza party for all staff and students.

The other nine finalists will receive $1,000 each and complimentary tuition to one ISSA Cleaning Management Institute virtual training event, valued at $1,500. The finalists’ schools will also receive a cleaning supply package from Rubbermaid Commercial Products. And again this year, the top three finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to the ISSA Show North America in Las Vegas in November, where they’ll be celebrated for their accomplishments.

“It’s important to recognize all that custodians do to create a safe and welcoming learning environment,” John Barrett, Executive Director of ISSA, said. “This year we have an outstanding lineup of finalists who go above and beyond to be a positive role model to students and their schools.”

The top 10 finalists in the 2024 Cintas Custodian of the Year contest are (in alphabetical order):

1). Davida Boyd – Helena Park Elementary School (Nederland, TX);

2). Bob Galewski – Wabasha-Kellogg High School (Wabasha, MM);

3). Salvatore “Mr. Sal” Gano – Evergreen Elementary School (Scotch Plains, NJ);

4). Steve Gasak – Dessie F. Evans Elementary (Puyallup, WA);

5). William “Mr. Billy” Krajewski – Quaker Hill Elementary School (Waterford, CT);

6). Rudy “Coach Rudy” Ontiveros – Vineyard Junior High School (Rancho Cucamonga, CA);

7). Joemar Quiros – Frederick Harris Elementary School (Springfield, MA);

8). David Smith – Loveland Intermediate School (Loveland, OH);

9). Drusilla Stinson – Auburn University (Auburn, AL); and,

10). Hilda “Ms. Hilda” Valentin – Milwaukee Math and Science Academy (Milwaukee, WI).

“We’re honored to take part in celebrating the hard work of these custodians, and we wish them all the best in the contest,” Robert Posthauer, Sr., Vice President and General Manager of Rubbermaid Commercial Products, said.

For more information about the Custodian of the Year contest, contact Brianna Fitzpatrick at bfitzpatrick@mulberrymc.com.

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