Kent Middleton – Chief Executive Officer
From sweeping floors to wrapping packages during high school summers, Kent Middleton has worked his way through the ranks of Magna IV and never looked back. As CEO, he’s been a visionary for the company and pushed it to embrace new technologies—digital printing, wide format and even personalized gifts—to set Magna IV apart from its competition.
Kent Middleton moved to Arkansas at a young age when his father, Gary Middleton, was asked to manage a pre-press in Pine Bluff. They later moved to Little Rock to start a business of their own, and Magna IV officially opened its door in 1975. Growing up at Magna IV, Kent gained invaluable on-the-ground experience of every facet of the business—from print production to color correction.
After graduating from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Kent headed to Austin, Texas to work for Wallace Engraving and gain additional knowledge of the printing field. Shortly thereafter, Kent returned to Magna IV and worked his way up to president of the company within seven years.
As CEO, Kent continues to learn through experience—attending national seminars, conferences and researching new technology to improve services for Magna IV’s customers. He’s approachable to both clients and employees, fostering a family atmosphere and teamwork-focused business environment. Many days, you’ll find Kent brainstorming with employees about new or challenging projects.
When not hard at work, Kent enjoys spending time with his wife, Paula, and their two sons, Landon and Austin, or playing a round of golf.