As the victim of the workplace shooting in Chicago’s Loop remains in critical condition in the hospital, more details about him and his work are coming to light.
54-year-old Steve Lavoie is the chairman and CEO of ArrowStream, having founded the technology company for the foodservice industry in 2000. For the past three years Arrowstream has been named one of Chicago’s best and brightest companies to work for according to the National Association of Business Resources, even claiming in 2013 to have an internal promotion rate of 30%.
However, this summer the tech company was downsizing. Lavoie is married to his wife Jody and together they have three daughters and live in suburban La Grange. He attended University of California at Berkeley and got his masters at Yale.
Lavoie was allegedly shot Thursday morning by Tony DeFrances, disgruntled employee who had been long considered a good friend.
Lavoie's family released a statement Thursday evening saying, "A horrific personal tragedy has happened today to two families. The family of Steven LaVoie would like to thank the staff and doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Chicago law enforcement personnel for their ongoing and tireless efforts on behalf of Steven. Thank you to our family and friends for your outpouring of love and support. Our thoughts are also with Steven's extended family, the employees of ArrowStream, who mean so much to Steven. Finally, our prayers are with the other family affected by this tragedy."
DeFrances died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On Monday afternoon, ArrowStream issued the following statement:
This morning, a shooting occurred at ArrowStream’s 231 S. LaSalle Street office involving CEO Steven LaVoie and an ArrowStream employee. We are deeply saddened and shocked by the events that have occurred today. Our focus during this tragedy is to ensure the well being of our ArrowStream family. We want to assure our customers that our business continuity plan is in place, and our operations will continue to function normally. We appreciate the concern and care expressed by so many.