Our Team

Wendy Kent, Founder

Wendy has been in the recruiting and consulting business in Portland since 1991. She has connected talented individuals with local opportunities in the areas of accounting & finance, human resources, administration, sales and marketing.

Her approach and philosophy are unique; she strives to establish a clear understanding for what makes a position successful for both the employer and the employee. Ms. Kent has built an extensive network of professional long term relationships based upon trust, objective consultation and respect.

Her insight into specific sectors and the experience and expertise necessary to success have resulted in long term retention for company’s she has partnered with and career satisfaction for clients she has represented and coached.

Wendy is the Co-Chair of the Portland Human Resource Management Association Recruiting & Selection Special Interest Group. She facilitates a number of annual learning events designed to assist recruiters in honing their craft.

Wendy attended New York University and holds a Bachelor of Art & Sciences with a major in sociology and a minor in history. Her hobbies include yoga, cycling, swim aerobics and playing with her dog Lucy, the company mascot!

David Kent, Founder

David serves as the operational leader and is the backbone of the company. He has a long history of entrepreneurial success, first running his own contracting business for many years and now as the minority owner of Kent Employment Solutions. David is known for his deep knowledge of Portland and his lifelong experience conducting business in the local market. He is a native Oregonian and has supported Wendy Kent in her career from the very beginning, often assisting behind the scenes and providing sound advice to her and the organization. David’s hobbies include cycling, yoga, horticulture, and taking care of our mascot Lucy!

Ashley Gill

Ashley brings over 12 years of recruiting experience to Kent Employment Solutions and Kent Staffing Solutions.  Her goal is to create satisfaction for her clients by developing lasting partnerships.  Ashley thrives on exceeding customer expectations by using a tailored approach designed to meet each organization’s specific hiring need and preferred process.  Whether it’s finding interim support, providing a temporary employee that can be evaluated for a full time position or filling a role directly, finding the right solution is always her top priority. 

Ashley is proud to be a native Oregonian.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Puget Sound. In her spare time, you can find Ashley spending time with her husband, son and beloved pug. She enjoys riding horses, playing tennis and traveling anywhere and everywhere but she has a soft spot for Puerto Vallarta!

Lucy Kent

Lucy Kent is the company mascot and the most fearless of the group. Adopted at four months from the Oregon Humane Society Lucy is known as the office clown.  Lucy’s extensive vocabulary is impressive to those who have not met her, she brings joy to all those who see her riding happily with David as his co-pilot in the car. Lucy’s breed is unknown, but whatever she is we know she is very special!