Owens & Minor Opens Call for Nominations for its Annual Supplier Diversity Awards

September 25, 2023

RICHMOND, Va. –September 25, 2023– Owens & Minor, Inc. announced today that nominations are now open for its 2023 Supplier Diversity Awards. The awards – which honor the legacy of Earl G. Reubel, who co-founded Kerma Medical Products Inc., a family and veteran-minority owned company and supplier – recognize people and organizations that are actively making progress in advancing supplier diversity in the healthcare supply chain. The deadline for nominations is November 15.

“Owens & Minor is proud to champion diverse suppliers in the industry year-round,” said Edward A. Pesicka, President and CEO, Owens & Minor. “Each year, we are honored to recognize the people and organizations who embody Earl’s deep-rooted legacy of entrepreneurship, civic engagement and professional service leadership and those who are committed to increasing supplier diversity in the healthcare supply chain.”

To submit a nomination, visit the Earl G. Reubel awards page on Owens & Minor’s website located at www.owens-minor.com/earl-g-reubel-award/. Winners will be selected by an awards committee for three categories: Civic Leader of the Year, Diverse Enterprise of the Year and Large Corporation of the Year. Winners of all three categories will be announced at the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA) Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually on December 7.

“For more than a decade, we have partnered with Owens & Minor on the Supplier Diversity Awards, and each year we are happy to recognize the people and organizations who are working to advance diverse representation in the healthcare supply chain,” said Joe Reubel, President and CEO, Kerma Medical Products Inc. “We look forward to sustaining my uncle’s legacy and honoring this year’s nominees who are demonstrating their commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

About the Supplier Diversity Awards Honoring Earl G. Reubel

Launched by Owens & Minor in 2012 in collaboration with Kerma Medical Products, Inc., and the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA), the Earl G. Reubel Awards recognize people and organizations that demonstrate leadership and a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the healthcare supply chain. The annual program honors the legacy of the late Earl G. Reubel, entrepreneur and co-founder of Kerma, a family and veteran-minority owned company with a direct sales division in Miramar, Florida. Founded by Joyce Kershaw-Reubel and Earl G. Reubel, Kerma began as a manufacturer in 1991 as a United States government supplier and today is one of the largest diversity manufacturer/supplier companies in the private sector.

About Owens & Minor

Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is a Fortune 500 global healthcare solutions company integrating product manufacturing and delivery, home health supply, and perioperative services to support care through the hospital and into the home. Owens & Minor drives visibility, control and efficiency for patients, providers and healthcare professionals across the supply chain with proprietary technology and solutions, an extensive product portfolio, an Americas-based manufacturing footprint for personal protective equipment (PPE) and surgical products, as well as a robust portfolio of products and services for patients managing chronic and acute conditions in the home setting. Operating continuously since 1882 from its headquarters in Richmond, Va., Owens & Minor is a 140-year-old company powered by more than 20,000 global teammates. Learn more at https://www.owens-minor.com, follow @Owens_Minor on x and connect on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/owens-&-minor.