ArrowStream CEO turns 55 as he recovers from shooting: wife
BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter August 17, 2014 8:56PM
Steven and Jody LaVoie in 2002. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 17, 2014 10:02PM
The Loop CEO recovering from a shooting by a recently demoted executive celebrated his 55th birthday Sunday, his wife wrote in an online journal entry.
Jody LaVoie also asked for prayers for her husband, ArrowStream CEO Steven LaVoie.
“It is helping,” Jody LaVoie wrote on the website CaringBridge.org.
She wrote that he no longer needs many of the tubes and machines that have been with him since he was shot on July 31 by Tony DeFrances, who police said had recently been demoted.
“Without all of his previous encumberments, I can easily kiss him on the cheek,” Jody LaVoie wrote. “I believe he knows I am there.”
Jody LaVoie also wrote that Sunday was “the first day the girls will see their Dad.”
“They each made him a Build-A-Bear that represents their different personalities,” Jody LaVoie wrote. “Each bear also has a recording in their voice with a message to Steve.”
LaVoie and DeFrances were meeting in LaVoie’s office on July 31 when co-workers outside heard shouts and three or four gunshots, according to a police source. DeFrances, 60, shot LaVoie in the stomach and head before turning the gun on himself, police said.
DeFrances was demoted July 25 from his position as chief technology officer, according to police. ArrowStream sells supply-chain management technology to large restaurants like Wendy’s and Applebee’s.