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‘yes’ — and then hand-picked people to make it happen.” It was a simple but effective leadership style, according to Urban. “He was very social, and inclusive in getting people involved, and always thankful, in so many ways.” Not without coincidence, “maKEITHappen” became his signature phrase and also happens to include the spelling of his name. Each summer, the VHEDC hosts the Keith Warner Memorial Golf Tournament which raises money for their Business Education Partnership Fund. The proceeds are used to sponsor internships and address local workforce development issues. In addition, the Keith Warner Standard of Excellence Award is given at the Annual Dinner and Awards event to a member business that has shown a singular degree of excellence in the areas of business success, philanthropy and community service. (See page 26.) Keith Warner’s incredible legacy continues through these events, and in the hearts of friends who knew him, honoring the exemplary community leader he was. Your Complete beverage caterer since 1987 Corporate Events and Weddings Fully Licensed and insured Certified and professional bartenders Easy and flexible event planning 800.550.7750 [email protected] Power Steering System 1360 East County Road E, Vadnais Heights | (612) 486-2010 Vadnais Heights’ Walmart Manager Kati McCoy (right) presents VHEDC Executive Director Ling Becker with a $2,500 check to support the 2017 VHEDC Keith Warner Memorial Golf Tournament. The annual tournament supports local workforce development efforts 31