A native of the Pacific Northwest, Bruce attended Washington State University, graduating in Construction Management. He entered the USMC in 1966 and spent five years in Marine Aviation, including a tour in Viet Nam. Upon returning to Seattle, he obtained an MBA from the University of Washington and entered public accounting with Arthur Andersen and Co, becoming a CPA in 1972. After a short career in public accounting Kelleran left to become chief financial officer of a local millwork manufacturing firm, later moving to become partner in another residential cabinet and millwork supplier. After buying out his partner, this firm moved into kitchen and bath remodeling and then expanded into full service remodeling. After 34 years in the remodeling business, Kelleran retired in 2010 and now serves as board member and advisor to his former firm. Bruce and his wife of 48 years have two children and six grandchildren.