60-year-old Tony DeFrances would be in jail if he hadn’t kill himself. Read the top-ten-facts about the Arrowstream worker and how he almost killed CEO Steven LaVoie.
#1 He was Arrowstream CTO
According to his profile, Tony is the Chief Technology Officer for ArrowStream. He has been with ArrowStream virtually since its inception and is responsible for all aspects of technology including Development, Quality Assurance, Technical Support, Documentation, Systems & Network Infrastructure and Data Management.
#2 He used to be a key player in the company
According to a summary of his work at Arrowstream, Tony brought the vision of total supply chain connectivity and collaboration to life through technology which helped to facilitate ArrowStream’s continued profitability, including a 65 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) over the last three years and over $85M in revenue in 2008.
#3 He was a brilliant IT professional
He had a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology and a Masters of Computer Science from the University of Dayton. Prior to starting his own company, DeFrances spent more than a decade in consulting and software development. DeFrances had more than 25 years of experience.
4# He founded and ran successful software to major Fortune 500 companies.
DeFrances’ model based on cloud computing-SaaS delivers the unique and critical benefits of low total cost of ownership and rapid deployment. Church’s Chicken reports a return on investment of over 200 percent within the first year of utilizing the technology.
#5 He failed on his alleged killing attempt
LaVoie was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after he was shot once in the head and once in the stomach.
#6 DeFrances and LaVoie strugled to get the gun.
DeFrances requested a one-on-one meeting with the CEO, they both struggle for gun control and LaVoie resulted injured and Tony then turned the gun on himself.
#7 Tony was demoted last week.
Police said that the shooter had been told Friday that he was being demoted during company downsizing.
#8 Police thinks it’s a work place related issue
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Arrowstream has been undergoing a downsizing. “They’ve demoted a number of people.”
#9 He hid the gun on a backpack
The shooting happened on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building at 231 S. LaSalle St. in Chicago’s bustling Loop business district; the building does not have a metal detector and initial reports say DeFrances was carrying a backpack with him which concealed the firearm.
10# He is survived by his family
According to the company’s website DeFrances is described as a married father of three children. Among his possible relatives we found wife Eileen DeFrances, Bileen Deprances, Mike DeFrances and Kevin DeFrances.