Mark Baruch Kent (1962-2017)
Greenville, S.C.-based Kentwool Inc.’s CEO Mark Kent recently passed away at the age of 55. He was the fifth generation Kent to run the family-owned state-of-the-art wool-based spinning business. In addition to wool yarns, Kentwool is known for the “World’s Best Golf Sock,” a product Kent conceived of and developed after suffering badly blistered feet during a three-day charity golf pro-am. Kent’s obituary notes that: “his business family remembers best his kindness, his generosity, his infectious smile, and his exceptional character. Mark lived a life celebrated for his commitment to his customers and his employees, as well as the countless people he served quietly as a philanthropist and public servant.”
“He was an expert in his field who cared deeply for his workers and the communities that relied on Kentwool to provide employment and investment,” said Auggie Tantillo, president and CEO, National Council of Textile Organizations. “From a national policy standpoint, Mark’s insight and direction on issues impacting the U.S. wool textile sector will be especially missed.”
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