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Staff Profile: Duane Stone

Name: Charles Duane Stone

Occupation: Commercial locksmith

Home Town:
Oakridge, Tenn., but I have been in Florida now [for] 47 years. I grew up [in a] military [family], so I’ve traveled all over the United States.

How long have you worked as a locksmith? I’ve been a locksmith for over 30 years. Most of the schools are trade schools which just last a short period of time, but I’m a commercial locksmith so I’m nationally certified. There’s very few in the state who are nationally certified.

How long have you worked at Rollins? [I spent] sixteen years at Orlando International Airport running their lock division. I basically retired from there and came here. Rollins had an opening at the time and I wanted to stay in the area.

What is your favorite part about working at Rollins? My favorite part is actually working with the students. My wife and I have always done a lot of volunteer work with kids and you guys are pretty much just older kids to us. All my kids are grown up, I have fi ve grandchildren, and we still do a lot of outside activities with scouts. So we enjoy working with the kids. My job is to try to protect and this [being the locksmith] is a way to try to protect. I want you all to be safe and that is our main concern, to make sure everyone on campus is safe.

What are some of your other hobbies? I enjoy golf, this year will be our fifth year that I’m sponsoring a golf tournament called Facilities and Friends. We raise money for the lacrosse team. It will be April 16. My other hobby is spending time with my grandchildren.

What is your personal philosophy? I’ve had a good life; I’ve been married for 42 years. I was in a motorcycle accident when I was 16 and I died. They brought me back to life and I’ve been on borrowed time since. I’m here because of the grace of God. I try to live that way; that’s the reason I’m here.

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