ACCE Executive Committee member Shelia O. Lee, CCE, IOM, president and CEO of the Lawton-Ft. Sill (OK) Chamber, was found dead at her home Monday morning. Her husband was also found dead. Police are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.
Shelia assumed duties as president of the Lawton Chamber in October. She had been with the chamber since 1996, initially as events and tourism coordinator, then as vice president for conventions and tourism and executive vice president.
She was a highly respected and much loved figure in the chamber of commerce community. In addition to her service on the ACCE Executive Committee, Shelia was chair-elect of the U.S. Chamber Institute Board of Regents and a board member of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives.
The shocking news of her untimely death has elicited an outpouring of tributes from her friends and colleagues across the country. Here are few comments from fellow ACCE board members:
“I have met many people in my life and I can say without question that there have been few finer than Shelia. I will never forget her smile, her laugh, the joy her children brought her and her love for her community. May we all find ways to remember her in that joy, while mourning the profound loss her death represents.”
- Tom Baldrige, CCE, President, Lancaster (PA) Chamber of Commerce and Industry
“This news has rocked the Chamber world. Shelia was loved and admired by all her peers. Her contribution to our world was significant.”
- Casey Steinbacher, CCE, President and CEO, Greater Durham (NC) Chamber of Commerce
“Shelia Lee would light up the room when she walked in. I will miss that and her friendship.”
- Jack Camper, CCE, President and CEO, Tucson (AZ) Metro Chamber of Commerce
“A situation like this reminds us of how fragile our lives are and how fragile the lives of our co-workers and colleagues are. Let’s remember Shelia as someone who represented her chamber and our profession extremely well. I’m going to miss her.”
- David Adkisson, CCE, President and CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
For reaction to Shelia’s death from chamber and community leaders, follow these links: