Process Engineering Manager
 Phillips 66, Wood River Refinery
 St. Louis, Missouri

 BS ChE 1982, University of Missouri-Rolla

Kent began his career with Shell Oil Company in 1982 as a unit process engineer at the Wood River Refinery near St. Louis.  After several engineering assignments, Kent accepted roles in business planning, technical management and operations management.  He volunteered with Junior Achievement and served on the University of Missouri-Rolla Corporate Development Council.  Kent transferred to Shell’s Deer Park Refinery in Houston in 1996 for a business management position and then to Shell’s Westhollow Technology Center in Houston for a corporate distillation specialist assignment.

He returned to the Wood River Refinery as a refinery distillation specialist in 2000.  Ownership of the Wood River Refinery passed from Shell Oil to Tosco to Phillips 66, and Kent assumed the position of Process Design Director.  In that role, Kent directed the process engineering department in support of capital projects ranging from the addition of low sulfur gasoline and diesel units to the evaluation, purchase and integration of a nearby competitor’s refinery.  In 2006, Kent accepted his current position as Process Engineering Manager to lead the design of the multibillion dollar expansion of the Wood River Refinery.

Kent is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Phillips 66 corporate recruiter, a member of the Missouri S&T Corporate Development Council and a member of the Missouri S&T Chemical and Biological Engineering Advisory Council.  Kent and his family reside in Webster Groves, Missouri.