01.06.16

SM&W founder Fred Shen passes away

Fred Shen

Fred Shen, founder and chairman of Shen Milsom and Wilke passed away on May 31, 2016 after suffering a stroke at the age of 74.

The global AV consultancy’s board of directors posted the following message on the company website: 

Dear Friends,

It is with tremendous sadness that we write to share news that our beloved Founder and Chairman, Fred Shen, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, after a massive stroke. Fred was 74.
Fred was a mentor and friend to all those who have worked with him during his career.  He spent the last 30 years as the visionary behind SM&W’s success.  When he founded the firm in 1986, he recognized that there were two forces converging:  the global economy, and the need for innovative and coordinated specialty services in building designs. Fred created a global footprint and with it, the first multidisciplinary consulting firm to meet all of the needs of his clients.

SM&W continues to move ahead under the leadership of Tom Shen, who took on the role of President and CEO earlier this year.  The firm is confident that the principals and staff that Fred has helped put in place are among the most dedicated and talented in the AEC community.  With the support of our friends and clients we will continue Fred’s legacy and look to further the mission of SM&W:  to be the most recognized, innovative and trusted multidisciplinary consulting services firm in the world.   He was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the firm’s 30thanniversary celebration at Carnegie Hall on May 11, 2016. 

The entire Shen family is incredibly shocked and saddened by this sudden event. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated. We will place any information we receive about the family's plans on our website as soon as it becomes available.

Sincerely,
The Board of Directors