Scott D. Farmer grew up in the business he now runs, learning the finer points of leadership and the value of consistent performance from the ground floor. The son of Cintas Corporation Founder and Chairman Richard T. Farmer, Scott Farmer spent the summers of his youth working in the local uniform processing plant. After graduating from Miami University of Ohio in 1981 with a degree in marketing, the younger Mr. Farmer joined Cintas full time as a management trainee.
Mr. Farmer has since served Cintas in a variety of positions, including those in production, sales and service management. In 1985, he developed and integrated a company-wide quality program. He later was promoted to Vice President of the National Account Division, Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising and Group Vice President in the Rental Division. Mr. Farmer was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in 1997. During Mr. Farmer’s six years as Chief Operating Officer, Cintas revenues nearly tripled from more than $995 million to more than $2.6 billion.
In 2003, he was elected Chief Executive Officer and President. In 2008, after he promoted a top executive to President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Farmer became Chief Executive Officer to focus on Cintas' long-term business growth. Once known as The Uniform People, Cintas now is known as The Service Professionals, a reflection of Mr. Farmer's success in broadening the business offerings. Cintas provides products and services to more than 800,000 business customers across North America. Recent initiatives – including a reorganization to enhance cross selling and prospect management, the creation of a business strategy group, and a continued focus on Six Sigma methodologies – are designed to facilitate continued growth.
Mr. Farmer is active in several business and civic organizations. He is a member of The Commonwealth Club of Cincinnati, the American Society of Corporate Executives and the World President's Organization. He is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. He serves as a director at Cintas, The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, The Elizabeth Gamble Deaconess Home in Cincinnati, The Cincinnati Eye Bank, Orchard Holdings and Summer Hill Partners. He is a past director of the Children's Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, and of the Uniform & Textile Service Association, an international trade organization. He is a former trustee of United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Community Chest.
Mr. Farmer has been recognized nationally for his commitment to diversity in the workplace. He has also helped direct Cintas' humanitarian efforts that have provided clothing and medical supplies to more than 1.5 million people worldwide.
Mr. Farmer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He married Mary Jamieson in 1988. They have three children.