Kent architecture

40 Under Forty 2022: Joel Kent

To say that education played an important role in Kent’s life would be an understatement. With Fontaine Bros., which brought in $262 million in revenue in 2021, Kent oversaw more than 1 million square feet of new public school construction in Massachusetts.

But his roots in education run deeper, having worked at Worcester’s Nativity School for six years, first as an AmeriCorps lecturer, then as a history teacher and director of operations. He continues in this vein by managing Fontaine’s internship program, having hired and mentored over 40 students, some of whom still work at Fontaine Bros. K

ent demonstrates a commitment to conscious building, overseeing all of Fountain Bros. LEED-certified environmentally friendly projects, and a member of the Preservation Worcester Board of Directors as Vice-Chair and member of the Structures at Risk Committee. He is a member of the oversight committee of Millbury Credit Union and sits on the board of directors of the Fontaine Community Foundation, which was founded in April. Kent resides in Worcester with his wife, Emily, and two daughters. He graduated in 2018 from Leadership Worcester, a program designed to foster talent and leadership in the city.

What was your favorite nickname? Father. My wife, Emily, and I have two amazing daughters, and a “dad” or “daddy” can make me melt.

What a historical figure in Central Mass. do you admire the most? Elbridge Boyden. He was a carpenter, taught himself architecture, and later designed dozens of buildings in the area, including Mechanics Hall.

Who is most responsible for the person you are today? My father, my three older brothers and my mother who had to put up with us.

When do you want to retire? They’ll probably have to take me out at some point.