Owner & General Contractor Certified Passive House Consultant
Kent Hicks came to Western Massachusetts from the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1980 to study with acclaimed British furniture-maker, David Powell. After mastering the art of fine furniture making, Kent began building and renovating residential and commercial properties with the same commitment to craftsmanship. Today, his portfolio includes hundreds of beautiful, energy efficient new and renovated homes, as well as authentic historic restorations.
His commitment to mitigating climate change and passion to learn the best practices in building science have made Kent an innovative leader in the construction of high performance buildings. From the Energy Crafted houses of the 1990’s to today’s Deep Energy Retrofits andZero Net Energy buildings, Kent has garnered decades of technical expertise and a thorough understanding of emerging challenges, such as moisture management, superior indoor air quality, material toxicity and life cycle assessment of product and process. Now Kent’s search for the most responsible way to build has led him toPassivhaus design, a standard that combines rigorous energy efficiency specifications with comfort and precision engineering quality.
Jennifer L Martin
Designer, Contractor, Life Coach, and Leadership Professional
Certified Passive House Consultant and Builder
Director for Whole Systems and Change Management
Jennifer Martin is a Design/Builder and Leadership Professional committed to advancing sustainable practices through passionate attention to design and construction, transformational leadership, and inspired strategic vision. Jennifer’s construction experience includes all aspects of the design/build process for natural and green high performance projects. As a sole proprietor of a design/build firm for eight years, Jennifer has been directly involved in every aspect of the building process from conceptual design to schedules on one hand and foundation to finish on the other.
Over the past decade, Jennifer has worked tirelessly to help Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage grow from just over a handful of members into a thriving village. In that process, she was involved in nearly every aspect of community engagement, business administration, and organizational development. Jennifer dove deep into the details of building a village while maintaining a focus on the meta-level vision for the community. These opportunities have nurtured in her a deep trust in the collective vision and values of the people who make up the group. At Jennifer’s core is a commitment to support and sustain the human relationship in any endeavor.
Jennifer has joined Kent Hicks Construction Co. to support the growth and development of the company and its employees through the transformational process of integrating Lean Construction Methods and Integrated Project Delivery.
Denise G Keay
Denise has worked as a business manager/comptroller for 30 years but currently enjoys working for smaller companies who display integrity and a strong positive direction. This gives her the opportunity to share her extensive knowledge in the bookkeeping field.
Denise and her husband recently purchased a 2nd home in Florida where they hope in the future to spend winter months playing golf and sipping drinks by the water.
Janet has spent the last 20 years as a Special Education Teacher. During that time she refined many skills that serve her well as an Office Manager who wears many hats…patience, flexibility, problem solving, multi-tasking and a sense of humor. Married to a carpenter for 40 years, she worked with her husband to build their previous home and are now renovating a lakeside cottage together. The transition into the construction field has been a comfortable second career choice.
Ben grew up in California and moved to Massachusetts in 2006 for graduate school. He is a former neuroscientist, a father of two, and a carpenter with a passion for building. As a project manager, Ben is committed to maximizing the sustainability, comfort, beauty, and quality in everything he does.
Emily comes from a long line of builders, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 2013. After spending some time as a carpenter (because all good designers should pick up a hammer once in a while) she’s settled down at KHC to focus on learning the management side of things. Her recipe for a good life is pretty simple: pet every dog, ski whenever you can, and build great buildings for great people.
Matt has over 13 years of experience in frame to finish carpentry, with the past 6 years focused on the finish aspects of projects. He looks forward to expanding his experiences in the future of the industry; including Net Zero Homes and Passivhaus, while preserving the high standards he has set for himself in the finish quality of a clients home.
Glenn comes with a woodworking career that spans 43 years and has acquired skills in all aspects of the building trade. He has had his own business for over 30 years. Glenn feels compelled to do the best work he can which keeps him interested and always learning from others. He now wishes to convey both his passion and accumulated knowledge to the next generation.
Carpenter-specializing in historical restoration work.
Arnold Jones “Jonesy” has worked in the building trade for over 40 years. His background includes Timber framing, restoration, and extensive experience in the reproduction of architectural woodwork. Having restored his family’s early 19th century home in Ashfield, he holds a deep appreciation for historic buildings and early period joinery.
Tom has been a builder of Fine Furniture for 25 years and of acoustic guitars for 15. His interests in building also extend to Post and Beam structures and modest but interesting housing. Tom is glad to be a part of the Kent Hicks Construction team and being part of the process of combining Historical design details with an efficient house that is comfortable for its occupants.
While Ryan has been involved in the building process from frame to finish, his expertise is in finish carpentry and kitchen work. Ryan is glad to be part of a team that is committed to lowering the carbon footprint and providing energy efficient homes.His particular areas of interest are using reclaimed materials for finish work, bringing old and new together.
Elsworth “Worth” has worked as a Carpenters Apprentice where he learned many skills that he brings to Kent Hicks Construction, among them his attention to detail and organization. Worth is very interested in working on environmentally friendly homes and re-purposing old materials.
Adam came to Kent Hicks Construction with a background in Timber framing, residential and commercial carpentry. He enjoys working with such a diverse group of people on projects that will truly make a difference in the future of our planet.
Fred comes to us from France where he worked at a concrete company doing cement floors and walls. He took a break from this work to do 2 years of volunteer work in Central and South America. This is where he met his future wife and eventually they settled in Massachusetts. Fred enjoys building and eventually designing net zero homes.
Tim brings with him a strong work ethic, an attention to detail and a desire to complete tasks thoroughly and in a timely manner.
Robert Hill Jr.
Rob has spent the last couple of years as a weatherization professional, leading crews for full weatherization retrofits and new construction.
Matt was drawn to Kent Hicks Construction because of the focus on energy efficient building and renovations. Everyone appreciates Matt’s positive attitude and no task, no matter how small, is given less than his best effort.
Fran has worked with Kent since 1983 when they both studied cabinet making at Leeds Design Workshops in Easthampton. Fran has a deep appreciation for the aesthetics and craftsmanship of woodworking and that is evident in every detail of what he builds.