Westy Kent, CEO

For over 30 years, Westy Kent has successfully worked in the Commercial Real Estate industry achieving the respect of his peers and clients. During this time, Mr. Kent has successfully brokered countless lease and purchase transactions nationally as well as the Metropolitan Washington market.

Mr. Kent’s distinguished resume includes thirteen years with Smithy-Braedon, achieving the position of Vice President. In 1994, Mr. Kent established Kent Commercial real estate brokerage exclusively representing tenants. As a result of 10 years of growth and expansion in Tenant Representation, in 2005, Kent Commercial, Inc. was established as a real estate corporation.

A sampling of Mr. Kent’s current and previous clients include Stanley, Inc. (now CGI), Northrop-Grumman, AFSCME, CSSI and Luntz Communications.

Mr. Kent received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College in 1977 and a Master’s of Science in Communications and Public Relations in 1980 from American University.

Mr. Kent is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Richard Benswanger, Managing Partner

Richard BenswangerRichard Benswanger has been in commercial real estate for more than 23 years, associated with Kent Commercial, Inc. since 1996. His more than 35 years in the real estate and construction industry has provided Mr. Benswanger with an experienced understanding of real estate and business. Having owned a successful small business prior to his entering commercial real estate, Mr. Benswanger understands and appreciates the importance of the success of each facet of today’s uncertain business climate.

Mr. Benswanger specializes in representing companies for their leasing, investment and ownership requirements. While Mr. Benswanger’s emphasis is focused upon the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, his client relationships have taken him beyond this region to successfully complete transactions around the country.

His accomplishments include representing several government contractors, bioscience companies, traditional office users and several retail companies on their owner and occupant requirements.

Mr. Benswanger is licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and is active member of several local organizations.

Mr. Benswanger attended the American University where he majored in English.

Jim Mullen, Senior Director

For more than 30 years, Jim Mullen has been successful in commercial real estate field spending his first 25 years as a Senior Director with Cushman & Wakefield of Virginia. Mr. Mullen has represented numerous corporate, defense and technology-related companies in the Washington Metropolitan Area. In 2006, Mr. Mullen associated with Kent Commercial, Inc. to focus exclusively upon Tenant Representation.

Over the years, Mr. Mullen has completed in excess of 6.5 million square feet of leasing and sales transactions for Office, Flex/Warehouse, Industrial and Retail requirements. Mr. Mullen is a lifetime member of the Washington Board of Realtors Million Dollar Leasing Club.

He has a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Southern Illinois University, is a Certified Commercial Lease Consultant and a licensed real estate broker in Virginia.