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Updated: August 22, 2022 / 40 Under Forty, Class of 2022

40 Under Forty 2022: Joel Kent

Photo | Erika Sidor Joel Kent
Photo | Erika Sidor 40 Under Forty, Class of 2022 winners (from left) Joel Kent, Carla Delacruz Davila, Maggie Becker, and Benjamin Barner pose at the construction site of the new Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester (special thanks to Sherri Pitcher and Fontaine Bros., Inc.)
Joel Kent, 35
  • Title Senior project manager
  • Company Fontaine Bros., Inc., in Worcester
  • Residence Worcester
  • Birthplace Kingston
  • Colleges College of the Holy Cross, Assumption University
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To say education has 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 has overseen more than 1 million square feet of new public school construction in Massachusetts.

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

ent demonstrates a commitment to mindful construction, overseeing all of Fontaine Bros.’ environmentally friendly LEED-certified projects, and serving on Preservation Worcester’s board as vice president and on the endangered structures committee. He serves as a supervisory committee member with Millbury Credit Union and is on the board of Fontaine Community Foundation, which was founded in April. Kent resides in Worcester with his wife, Emily, and two daughters. He is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Worcester, a program designed to foster talent and leadership in the city. 

What has been your favorite nickname? Dad. My wife, Emily, and I have two amazing girls, and a “Dad” or “Dada” can melt me.

What Central Mass. historical figure do you most admire? Elbridge Boyden. He was a carpenter, taught himself architecture, and went on to design dozens of buildings in the region, 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 will likely have to wheel me out at some point.

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