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Dale Kent Retires from 3M

He had breakfast with Elvis. Twice!

He shared a room with baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax when both were in the spring training camp of the Los Angeles Dodgers…

But in the long and exciting career of Dale Kent, he is perhaps best known for his influence and leadership in the fire suppression industry…

Although he recently retired from his position at 3M after a mere 51 years, Dale will long be remembered for his active participation in the FSSA during its recent period of significant growth. Dale started his 3M career in 1963 in Decatur, Alabama, his home state.   After obtaining his Chemical Engineering degree, Dale moved to Minnesota in 1977 where he continues to reside today.  Initially, he was responsible for developing UV resistance coating for 3M’s athletic surfacing, following which Dale took on the responsibility of training installers on a global basis.  In 1980, Dale joined the technical service group for 3M’s Light Water AFFF and subsequently served as technical manager and sales manager.  With 3M’s invention of 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid and the decision to commercialize that product in 2001, Dale joined the group as sales manager and held that position until his retirement. 

On behalf of 3M, Dale joined FSSA in 2002 and immediately volunteered to serve on several different committees.  In 2007, Dale was elected to the association’s board of directors.  Dale has served as secretary/treasurer, vice president and was ultimately elected as the president of FSSA in 2013.

Dale and his wife Jeannie reside in Fridley, Minnesota, and they have three children and five grandchildren. Together they have attended most of the FSSA Annual Forums where they have established life-long friendships.  Quick with a joke, or to work diplomatically to guide the Board through challenging discussions, Dale Kent has demonstrated a positive influence, both on the industry, as well as on those fortunate to serve with him! After 51 years on the job, the FSSA membership recognizes Dale Kent for his successful career, as well as for his numerous contributions to the association.


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