Kent is the Chairman of Palewater Global Management Inc. He is also a vice-chairman of the board of directors of Williamsville Sears Management Inc. He is a global operational executive with expertise leading complex businesses in strategy, finance, logistics, human resources, administration and change management to drive efficiency, profitability and risk reduction.
Most recently Kent served as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of AMVETS National Service Foundation, one of the largest and oldest Veterans Service Organizations in the United States. Kent transformed the organization, affiliated with multiple corporate entities, while working with the Boards of AMVETS National Service Foundation and Charities Inc. to drive growth and operational improvement. Prior to AMVETS, Kent worked with the Legislative and Executive Branches of the United States Government, including advising the Chairman Emeritus of the House Appropriations Committee for all Appropriations subcommittees encompassing an $1.8 trillion+ budget. He was also a senior advisor on issues relating to Defense, National Security, Veterans Affairs and Military Construction.
Kent serves on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives, the Board of Directors of the Military Order of Foreign Wars. His board and advisory work covers governance, finance, audit, logistics, strategic planning and development.
Kent is a Member and Fellow of the National Association for Corporate Directors, holding certifications in Cybersecurity, Leadership and Governance, and is a Member of the American College of Corporate Directors. He is also Certified as a Nonprofit Executive, Development Executive and Nonprofit Consultant from the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives and as a Demonstrated Master Logistician (DML) from the Society of Logistics Engineers.
A distinguished and highly decorated Veteran of the United States Army, Kent retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a 24-year military career. He worked with US allies, foreign militaries and governments, advised senior leaders of the US Armed Forces domestically and abroad on strategy, logistics and resource planning and led operations of major personnel deployments globally. Kent has regional expertise in Iraq, Kuwait, Africa and Afghanistan. Kent earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Legislative Studies and a Master of Arts in Public Policy Management from Georgetown University. He is also a graduate of the US Air Force, Air War College and the US Army War College.