Mr. Dent graduated from the University of Arizona in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering. Prior to completing his coursework, he had started two small companies. Mr. Dent worked in the field of materials research for three years as an undergraduate research assistant at the Arizona Materials Laboratories and for three years as an engineer. He worked on everything from optical thin films to vacuum casting and processing of high-temperature and high-performance ceramic composites for the aerospace industry. He is a co-author on five peer-reviewed, published papers, and he is co-inventor on a U.S. Patent.
Mr. Dent accepted the opportunity and made a career change into the construction business by joining Tofel Dent Construction in October 2000. He has moved rapidly through many assignments, from assisting upper management, to assistant superintendent and then superintendent. From October 2003 to July 2005, he created and headed up Tofel’s Development Services Department, handling all estimating and project development coordination with customers that resulted in estimating over $200 million in successfully completed work built.
From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Dent went from project manager to senior project manager, responsible for over $100 million in completed work. In January 2014, Mr. Dent was once again promoted to vice president of operations. In December 2017, Tofel Construction changed it’s name to Tofel Dent Construction as Mr. Dent is currently managing member, operations.