Kent was born and raised in Stratton, Nebraska. He started his banking career in 1992 and currently serves as Market President in McCook and Hayes Center, Nebraska. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and completed the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado. Kent currently serves on the McCook Economic Development Executive Committee and the LB 840 Loan Committees for both Red Willow and Hayes County. Past service includes Chairman of the Board for both Community Hospital McCook and Hillcrest Nursing Home Foundation.