Kent has over 22 years of experience in the poultry industry, having trained in the plant and moved—into sales. He held several sales and management positions where he was given increasing levels of responsibility, ending as director of sales. In that role he supervised 22 people and was responsible for the sales of 7 processing plants and two distribution centers. He oversaw sales of 28,000,000 pounds of poultry a week from those facilities. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Kent continued to receive training with several specialized negotiation and time management classes. Kent was selected as Golden Poultry’s employee of the year in 1992 and he received several “Work Horse” awards for both Golden Poultry and Gold Kist.
Kent decided to switch from selling to procurement in 2008. He wanted new responsibility and thought he could bring value since he understands how poultry processors think. Kent’s business philosophy is to build relationships and treat people fairly and honestly. He believes that business roles may put you in situations where you are after different results, but as long as you are true to yourself and your work you can keep the respect and trust of your business partners.
Kent has been happily married for 27 years. He attributes a lot of his success to the support of his wife Kim. He loves spending time with his family, and enjoys several sports and most outdoor activities.