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, he 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.
Kent’s commitment to mitigating climate change and passion to learn the best practices in building science have made him 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 and Zero 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.
Kent’s search for the most responsible way to build led him to Passivhaus design, a standard that combines rigorous energy efficiency specifications with comfort and precision engineering quality.
Denise G Keay
Denise has 30 years of experience as a business manager/comptroller. In recent years, she has found her niche working at smaller companies that display integrity and a strong positive direction, and we are glad she did. Denise brings extensive knowledge of bookkeeping and many other talents to our expanding business. She and her husband recently purchased a second home in Florida where they plan to spend the winter months playing golf and sipping drinks by the water.
Ben grew up in California and moved to Massachusetts in 2006 to attend 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. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. After spending time as a carpenter (because all good designers should pick up a hammer once in a while), she settled down at Kent Hicks Construction to learn 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.
Sarah comes to the company as a recent New York City transplant. She has extensive project and office management experience that is enriched by being a licensed Expressive Arts therapist and a former art installer at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
Matt has over 13 years of experience in frame-to-finish carpentry, with the past six years focused on the finish aspects of projects. He enjoys working on projects that advance the building industry, such as net-zero homes and Passivhaus, while preserving the high standards he has set for himself in the finish quality of his clients’ homes.
Glenn’s woodworking career spans 43 years and all aspects of the building trade, including 30 years as a business owner. He feels compelled to do the best work he can, which always keeps him interested and learning from others. He now wishes to convey 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 more than 40 years. His background includes timber framing and restoration, along with extensive experience in the reproduction of architectural woodwork. Having restored his family’s early 19th century home in Ashfield, Jonesy holds a deep appreciation for historic buildings and early period joinery.
Tom has been building fine furniture for 25 years— and acoustic guitars for 15 years. His interests extend to post and beam structures and modest but interesting housing. As a member of the Kent Hicks Construction team, Tom enjoys 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. He is particularly interested in using reclaimed materials for finish work—bringing old and new together.
As a carpenters apprentice, Elsworth “Worth” learned many skills that he has brought to Kent Hicks Construction, among them an 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 and residential and commercial carpentry. He enjoys working with a diverse group of colleagues and clients on projects which, he believes, will truly make a difference in the future of our planet.
Fred comes to us from France where he worked at a concrete company specializing in cement floors and walls. He took a break from this work to volunteer for two years in Central and South America. There he met his future wife and eventually they settled in Massachusetts. Fred enjoys building and hopes to design net-zero homes in the future.
Robert Hill Jr.
Rob has spent recent 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. 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’s deep appreciation for the aesthetics and craftsmanship of woodworking is evident in every detail of what he builds.