Promoting the positive advancement of maritime professionals through forward thinking, entrepreneurship and good old-fashioned hard work.
“Captain Kent” was born and raised on Narragansett Bay, where he first cut his teeth in boating as a dispatcher and deckhand for Safe/Sea at the age of 14.
At 18 years old, he became one of the youngest licensed captains in the United States and went on from there to enjoy a 28-year relationship with Safe/Sea, working through Hurricanes Bob, Edward, and Sandy, salvaging the iconic NY-30 S/V Amorita, and singlehandedly assisting more than 2,500 boats. He still serves as a mentor to staff captains there.
After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Marine Affairs in 1998, he began working his way “up the hawsepipe” for the Reinauer tug company in New York City. He worked as Able-Seaman and Bosun aboard the Zachery Reinauer in addition to covering multiple tugs as a relief crew before his entrepreneurial drive shifted his focus from New York Harbor tugs back to Narragansett Bay.
In 2003 he founded Confident Captain/Ocean Pros, successfully fulfilling a training gap for professional mariners and recreational boaters. To date, he has trained more than 3,000 professional mariners.
Kent’s notable accomplishments at Confident Captain include:
– Launched first Royal Yachting Association program in the Northeast
– Developed nationwide Risk Management Training program and platform for the Committee for Professional Offshore Rescue Towers (Now C-PORT).
– Produced and implemented small-boat training for US Army Special Forces.
– Co-developed robust web-based course of instruction for professional captains
– Launched licensing program for boater trainers to become ambassadors to the sport of boating while earning extra income.
Some of Kent’s training presentations include:
– “The Deadly Dangers of Distraction for Small Vessel Operators” – 2012
– “The Four Critical Components of Solo Operation” – 2014
– “The Illusion of Certainty” – 2016
– “How to Make a Bad Decision” – 2017
In April of 2012, the board of Clean The Bay, Inc. (Clean Bays) engaged Kent as Executive Director to manage the company parallel to Confident Captain. He quickly took the opportunity and pledged to help make Narragansett Bay “one of the Cleanest Shorelines in America.”
Since taking the helm at Clean Bays, Kent has overseen funding and removal of more than 500 tons of heavy debris from the Rhode Island shoreline.
Kent’s notable accomplishments for Clean Bays include:
– Cooperative research and development of a remote-operated submersible chainsaw for piling removal while keeping crews safe and eliminating the need for divers.
– Removal of 180 tons of debris following Superstorm Sandy
– Removal of over 200 tons of debris on the East Providence shoreline
– Recipient of the 2011 Rhode Island Attorney General’s Justice Award
– 2015 Resolution of Commendation from the Town of Charlestown, RI
After purchasing and rehabilitating their first home in downtown Newport, RI, Kent, and his wife now live in Saunderstown, RI with their two young boys.
When he is not working, he enjoys boating and sailing on either of his two family boats, skiing, powerlifting (where he added 100 pounds to his deadlift in 2017), and martial arts. Kent is a First Degree Black Belt in Oki Ryu Kenpo Karate, an active participant in the Michael Hyatt “Leaderbox Program,” and has his sites set on an AltMBA in 2019.