Kent R. Spellman brings a diverse background to his work as executive director of the West Virginia Community Development Hub.
For 20 years, he owned and was president of Rooftree, Inc., a design/build construction company based in Harrisville, WV, specializing in high-end residential and light commercial projects. In 1996, he became editor, publisher and part owner of the Ritchie Gazette, a weekly county newspaper serving Ritchie County. While at the Gazette, Kent won 31 WV Press Association individual awards for reporting, editorials, photography, and advertising design; and the Gazette was repeatedly named the best newspaper in the state in its division.
His interest in community development led to Kent’s involvement with the Ritchie County Economic Development Authority, and in 2003 he was hired as executive director. While at the RCEDA, he transformed an ineffective EDA into one of the most effective and innovative in the state.
Kent was a founding member, vice-chair and chairman of the North Bend Rail Trail Foundation and helped negotiate the state’s acquisition of what is now the North Bend Rail Trail. He also served as chairman of the WV Statewide Trail Plan Committee, which created the state’s first and only comprehensive plan for trail development and maintenance. He currently serves on the board of the North Bend State Park Foundation and the Vision Shared Entrepreneurship Team.
Kent has been recognized as a Distinguished West Virginian by Gov. Cecil Underwood, and as an Honorary WV State Trooper, at the time only the fourth person in State Police history to receive such recognition. He lives in Clarksburg with his wife Betsy.