UC Bestows Highest Award to Local Businessman, Innovator

Gary Heiman Honorary Doctorate from UC Dec 2015

Gary Heiman, a prominent businessman and previous member of UC’s board of trustees, will receive the university’s highest honor at its
Dec. 12 Commencement ceremony.

The University of Cincinnati will bestow its highest award, an honorary doctorate, to renowned innovator and international businessman Gary Heiman during the university’s fall Commencement ceremonies.

Heiman, who served on UC’s board of trustees from 2004 to 2014, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree at the ceremony set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, in Fifth Third Arena.

The enterprising industrialist is the president of the Standard Textile Co., Inc., a global provider of state-of-the-art textiles to the healthcare, hospitality and industrial supply organizations.

Launched in 1940 by Heiman’s grandfather, a German immigrant and Holocaust survivor, the textile distribution company operated one manufacturing facility when Heiman became president in 1988.  Under his leadership – he was later named CEO in 1994, succeeding his father, Paul Heiman – Standard Textile has expanded to 25 locations in 12 countries, with annual revenues of nearly $800 million.

Born in Cincinnati, Heiman cut his manufacturing chops after traveling to Israel in 1973 at the age of 21.  After serving as a volunteer in an elite Israeli army unit during the Yom Kippur war, Heiman remained in Israel where he opened Standard Textile’s first manufacturing facility to help establish a strong industrial infrastructure.

The plant, built in Arad at the edge of Israel’s Negev desert and opened in 1976, now supplies leading hospitals and prestigious hotels across Europe and the U.S. In 2001, the Israeli president awarded Heiman the “Industrialist of the Year” prize and later, in 2008, with the “Pioneer of Negev” award, which recognizes him as one of 12 major contributors to the influential region.

Heiman, who holds dual Israeli and U.S. citizenship, spent 14 years in Israel before returning to take the helm of Standard Textile, but his interest in Mideast affairs didn’t end there.

In 1998, Standard Textile became the first American company to build a manufacturing facility in Irbid, Jordan, in a move that supported the U.S. government’s efforts to bring the economic benefits of a peace treaty between Jordan and Israel to the Jordanian people, where the then unemployment rate hovered around 40 percent.

Community involvement closer to home remains a priority for Heiman, and his list of service is a long one: chairman of the board of The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati; member of the executive committee and board of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce; member of the board of directors of Medpace, Inc., the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Business Committee and Cintrifuse; member of the Commercial Club; and a previous Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati board member.

Heiman also serves as vice president of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and as an officer with the Israel Policy Forum.  He and his wife, Kim — a current UC trustee — have three grown children.

Heiman is one of two recipients of honorary degrees at the Commencement ceremony. Earl Lewis, a renowned social historian and president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will receive the other award.

From Rachel Richardson, Public Information Officer
University of Cincinnati

Standard Textile Makes an Impact in Record-Breaking United Way Campaign

United Way 2015October 30, 2015 — Standard Textile is proud to be a part of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s record-breaking 2015 campaign. This week, United Way of Greater Cincinnati announced a major accomplishment in its Centennial year, raising $62,000,053 and growing the campaign by $1 million for the first time since 2007.

Standard Textile associates came together to make an impact and increased donations by 13% over the amount raised in 2014. Activities taking place at Standard Textile’s World Headquarters during the campaign included:

  • United Way 2015 - Gary HeimanA kick-off event featuring children from The Signing Choir at St. Rita School for the Deaf, an organization that relies on United Way to fund its Language Opportunities for Tots program.
  • A special presentation on Leadership Giving.
  • A “Giving Thanks” luncheon for associates who met a special giving incentive.
  • An informal meeting for new associates, who had an opportunity to meet with President and CEO Gary Heiman to discuss Standard Textile’s deep commitment to helping others succeed.
  • A special information session for associates age 22 to 30 about United Way’s LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change) group, which hosts special volunteer and social networking opportunities throughout the year.
  • On-site volunteer opportunities, where associates could stop in to assist with projects for Pro Seniors and local emergency assistance centers.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati invests the money raised from the annual campaign in more than 280 programs, initiatives and community change efforts. The campaign is a fundraising partnership of United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross. Standard Textile has been participating in a workplace United Way campaign for many years.

Kim Heiman Appointed to University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees

Kim Heiman Aug 2010 (1)UC President Santa J. Ono lauds Gov. John Kasich’s appointment of Standard Textile executive Kim Heiman to University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.


The Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, has appointed Kim Heiman to the University of Cincinnati’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Heiman is Standard Textile’s Managing Director, Interiors and International, and owner and President of SK Textile.


The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the University of Cincinnati, comprised of nine voting members and two nonvoting student members. All members are appointed by the Governor of Ohio with the advice and consent of the State Senate.


Ms. Heiman will serve a nine-year term of office, with responsibilities including:

  • Selecting and appointing the UC president;
  • Setting the operating budget;
  • Approving personal appointments;
  • Granting all degrees awarded by the university, including honorary degrees;
  • Establishing tuition and fee rates;
  • Approving contracts, and
  • Approving all rules, regulations, curriculum changes, new programs and degrees of the university.



“As a senior executive at Standard Textile, Kim M. Heiman helps lead one of Cincinnati’s most successful and innovative global companies. Her business acumen, commitment to excellence, engagement with the community and international experience will serve the University particularly well. I am delighted with her selection as a member of the Board of Trustees,” said UC President Santa J. Ono on Governor Kasich’s appointment.

Standard Textile Named a 2015 Healthiest Employer by Cincinnati Business Courier

Healthiest Employer Award_2015_Copyright Bruce Crippen
The Business Courier named Standard Textile a 2015 Healthiest Employer during an award ceremony held on May 12 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The event recognized Standard Textile as a company dedicated to inspiring health and wellness in the workplace.

To determine the honorees, the Courier contracted with Indianapolis-based Healthiest Employer. Participating employers completed an online survey of 75 questions that evaluated wellness initiatives in the areas of culture and leadership; foundational elements; strategic planning; communication and marketing; programming and intervention, and reporting and analysis. The responses were given a numeric value that was tallied, and the highest-scoring companies in each size category were the winners. Standard Textile won in the 1,500-4,999 employees category.

Through partnerships with Interactive Health, TriHealth, and the American Heart Association, Standard Textile is committed to helping educate and empower our associates to take control of their health.

Our leadership team champions a robust health and wellness program that includes health screenings, fitness and nutrition programs, financial incentives, and more to help associates improve their overall health.

Each year we offer our associates and their families a comprehensive 34-panel wellness screen to help them understand their health risks.

At our World Headquarters in Cincinnati, associates have access to an on-site fitness facility, a café offering nutritious options, and lunchtime and after-work fitness classes.

For more information about our benefits, click here.

Standard Textile Marketing Team Wins Pinnacle Award from American Marketing Association

Marketing Pinnacle Awards 2015_2Award Recognizes Excellence in Marketing in the Region


The Standard Textile Marketing Department has been named a 2015 Pinnacle Award Winner in the “Best Integrated Marketing” category by the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) Cincinnati chapter.


The award was given in recognition of Standard Textile’s creative and strategic approach to marketing across mediums (print, web, email, and video).


The Standard Textile team was also a First Runner-Up honoree in the “Large Business” category for their work on the new Fabric Gallery.


“Extraordinary work deserves extraordinary recognition,” said Simcha Kackley, president of the Cincinnati AMA Board of Directors.


“Each year, the AMA honors marketers who are dedicated to advancing the initiatives of the companies they represent. Congratulations to the Standard Textile team. Your talent and experience have become the driving force behind business strategy. You make meaningful connections and create measurable results. You are on the cutting edge of global trends and technology. You are responsible for elevating the role of the marketer.”


Standard Textile and other award recipients (including Intrinzic/Everything But The House; Life’s Eyes Media; Cincinnati Bell and Rockfish; Lighthouse Youth Services; University of Cincinnati; and Xavier University) were honored during a dinner ceremony held on May 7 at the American Sign Museum.

Gary Heiman Named to Cincy Power 100 List

Cincy Magazine’s latest edition features their 11th annual Power 100—a prestigious list of the Tristate’s most influential CEOs, politicians and civic leaders. Gary Heiman, President and CEO of Standard Textile, was named part of the Power 100 by the editors of Cincy.

“From business leaders to politicians, those in power know that it is work to get to the top and a struggle to stay there,” wrote the editors. “Challenges from opponents can present themselves at any time and then there’s always the next test, the next task, the next obstacle.

Cincy’s 11th annual Power 100 list recognizes those people who hold and use the most clout to benefit the region.”

Kim and Gary Heiman Receive Heart of the City Award from the American Heart Association

Kim and Gary Heiman Receive Heart of the City Award from the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association presented Kim (Managing Director, Interiors and International) and Gary Heiman (President and CEO) with the distinguished Heart of the City award for their philanthropic contributions to the city of Cincinnati at the 22nd annual Heart Ball on February 21, 2015.

The Heart of the City Award was created in 2008 to pay special tribute to non-medical professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

A record-breaking 1,200 people attended the event, which raised more than $1 million for the American Heart Association’s lifesaving research and educational programs.