Kent co-founded CDS in 1971 and led the company for over 40 years. He oversaw its emergence as a vital and innovative market research and analysis company for the Houston residential and commercial real estate industry, navigating the economic waves of boom and bust with which longtime Houstonians are so familiar. It says so much about his leadership that CDS survived the crushing economic and real estate downturn of the mid to late 1980s and has kept going to the present day. His stories of Houston’s past business eras were always so fascinating.
However, it’s not just the “headline” aspects of Kent’s work that mean the most to me personally and to my CDS colleagues. It was the fantastic example he set with the way he treated our clients, our staff, and fellow Houstonians that I will remember so much. I’ve yet to meet anyone who knew him who has a bad word to say about him – he was the definition of a “great guy.” We’re also big fans of his wife Linda and the rest of his family that they raised so well.
Kent embodied the “soul” of CDS and his passing just re-emphasizes how big the shoes are that I and my CDS colleagues continue to try to fill. CDS staff sends our heartfelt condolences to the Dussair family. They can rest assured we will make sure his CDS legacy continues to shine.