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Duane Kerin

After graduating from Denfeld in 1960, Duane Kerin became a certified public accountant. He served in the U. S. Army Reserve from 1966 to 1972 and began acquiring companies in 1976.

He was president of Minneapolis Sheet Metal Works for seven years, and later became president of H. A. Holden Inc., a distributor of materials and parts to the motor repair industry. He grew the local distributorship into a national organization, which sold to Genuine Parts Co. in 1999. His employees shared a multi-million dollar deferred compensation plan which grew 20-fold from 1980 to 1999.

In his retirement, he established the Kerin Family Fund for charitable giving, inside the Minneapolis Foundation. He has accomplished all this despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1969.

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