In Memoriam: Fred Shen (1942 – 2016)

On Tuesday, 05.31.16, many were saddened by the sudden passing of Fred Shen, 74, founder and chairman of Shen Milsom & Wilke (SM&W). Described as a visionary and a pioneer in the industry, there is no denying that Fred created a legacy. He was a friend and mentor to all those who had the privilege to work with him.

Born in Shanghai, Fred moved to the U.S. to attend the University of Michigan, where he received a BS in Engineering. 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 its clients.

Fred was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the firm’s 30th anniversary celebration at Carnegie Hall on 05.11.16. SM&W continues to move ahead under the leadership of Tom Shen, who took on the role of president and CEO earlier this year. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Fred Shen (1942 – 2016)”