Mark Kent - CEO
Mark is the CEO of Kentwool…as well as the Chief Sock Rocker for the World’s Best Golf Sock. Talk about having manufacturing in your blood…whew! Mark is the 6th generation of Kent’s to be at the helm of Kentwool Manufacturing. There’s been one common thread, if you will, over that time: Quality.
Mark’s a 20+ year veteran at Kentwool—Chairman since 1993. He has served on numerous textile industry boards and strategic committees, including: the American Textile Export Company (Amtec), the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, the American Yarn Spinners Association, and the J. E. Sirrine Textile Foundation. In 1987, he also completed the International Program of the Australian Wool Corporation. If Mark wasn’t busy enough, he is also President of Greenville, South Carolina-based Kent Worldwide and Kent Worldwide Development. Beyond his executive leadership responsibilities, Kent has been extremely active in South Carolina manufacturing, business, economic development and philanthropic circles. He has served on the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control, and the American Red Cross Upstate SC Chapter. He is a past recipient of signature honors, including the State of South Carolina Philos Award, the American Red Cross Southeastern Volunteer of the Year, and the Liberty Fellow Selection within the national program of the Henry Crown Fellowship of the Aspen Institute.
A native of Philadelphia, Kent is a 1985 graduate of Wake Forest University and a 1986 graduate of Clemson University’s School of Textiles.
Tom Perkinson - Director of Sales
As Director of Sales at Kentwool, Tom is a seasoned veteran who knows this industry as well as anyone. He graduated from NC State University in 1975, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Technology. Upon graduation, Tom began his textile career in with Harriet & Henderson Yarns, Inc. in Henderson, NC. After several years there "getting his feet wet in all things textile,” Tom was hired in 1982 by American Schlafhorst Co. of Charlotte, NC (currently Oerlikon Textile Inc.). As Regional Sales Manager he lead a strong team selling Schlafhorst and Zinser yarn manufacturing machinery. He was there for more than two decades, earning a reputation for his vast industry knowledge and emphasis on customer service. In September 2008, Perkinson was named Sales Manager at Kentwool.
Keith Horn - President
Keith Horn, our President, has been with KENTWOOL since November 1992. Over that time he has proved to be an invaluable asset—not only to us, but our customers. He is hands-on, leads by example and has a thorough knowledge of the manufacturing process and what it takes to make it operationally efficient and effective. Keith actively oversees daily manufacturing operations at the Pickens, SC facility—making sure everything is on track and on time. He is also very involved in SCMA (South Carolina Manufacturer’s Association)—and has been the Director for the Plant Managers section on multiple occasions.
Steve Haire - Plant Manager
Having been with us for 18+ years, Steve fulfills an indispensible role at Kentwool: Plant Manager. Our reputation has been built upon industry-leading quality since day one. Steve makes sure that passion and commitment to quality is carried far into the future. He specifically maintains that everything we use and produce is made from premier quality yarn. He is also very involved with keeping our Uster certification, as well. Steve is one of those guys who "sweats the small stuff.” It’s his attention to detail and penchant for accepting only the best that ensures the highest quality of all Kentwool yarn before it is shipped off to our customers.
Cecelia Colangelo – Chief Financial Officer
Aside from a brief stint in Orlando, Cecelia has spent most of her life in the Upstate. Her roots run deep here, as does her passion for working with local, Made-In-USA company. Her experience in accounting and financing is deeply rooted as well. After receiving her B.A. & M.A. degrees in Accounting at Clemson University, Cecelia cut her teeth—variously as a Financial Analyst, Controller, and CFO—with a number of national and international companies, including Michelin North America, Alfmier Corporation, GTE Inc., Abitibi/Bowater Inc., and Synesis International, to name just a few. Most recently, she served as the Chief Financial Officer at Greenfield Industries, Inc. in Seneca South Carolina—right down the road from KENTWOOL Manufacturing. Cecelia and her husband, Dennis, have two beautiful daughters, both students at Clemson University. When not working, Cecelia enjoys sports, the outdoors and, most of all, playing golf (like the rest of us).