Shaun Lumachi, president of Chamber Advocacy and a good friend of ACCE and many in the chamber profession, died early Saturday morning, Dec. 3, in Florida from injuries suffered in a car crash. Lumachi, who served as chairman of the Long Beach, Ca., Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, was in Florida to attend the National Workforce Association's conference in St. Petersburg.
A rising star in Long Beach business and politics, Lumachi had worked for the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce as its vice president of governmental affairs. After 2-1/2 years with the chamber, Lumachi left in 2004 to start his own consulting company, Chamber Advocacy. Dozens of chambers put their organizational reputations in the hands of a 26-year-old, allowing him to speak to and for their memberships about the most sensitive political and policy concerns. By the time he was 30, he was arguably the nationís most knowledgeable public affairs consultant for chambers.
Lumachi was also very active in his community, and in February 2007, he co-founded the Long Beach Post, which has become both a popular community blog and news source for Long Beach. In addition to being a successful businessman and dedicated community leader, Lumachi was a frequent contributor to ACCE as a webinar presenter, convention speaker and magazine contributor. He also was one of our preferred providers, assisting members who were in need of public policy consulting.
"From our first meeting, when he was a rookie working at the Long Beach Chamber, until his wonderful note to me following his presentation at our convention in L.A., it was a pleasure just to know Shaun," said Mick Fleming, president of ACCE. "He blended a seriousness of purpose and maturity of spirit with a wonderful sense of amusement over the follies of politics. When I recommended Shaun to a chamber in need of his counsel, I was always 100 percent sure that he would deliver and never lead them astray. I will miss his friendship, humor and dependability. The chamber world will miss what he was and what he could have been over the next 30 years."
Lumachi, who was 33, is survived by his wife, Dezire, and other family members. Memorial services are pending.