Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was a victim in this morning’s shooting in Southwest Virginia that took the lives of Roanoke TV station WDBJ7 correspondent Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward during an on-air interview. Gardner was reported to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery at a Roanoke, Va., hospital.
Gardner is an ACCE member, and a past chair of the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE). She also is active in the VAWest Business and Legislative Coalition, a group of 15 chambers in Western Virginia working to strengthen the region’s voice with state government.
Joyce Waugh, CEcD, president of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement that Gardner is “a friend, colleague, consummate chamber professional and community leader. We ask that you join us in praying for Vicki, Tim and her family, who continue to be in our thoughts and hearts.”
ACCE President Mick Fleming said Gardner "is a leader in the profession, a friend of ACCE, and one of the most hospitable community leaders anywhere.”
“We are shocked by this senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vicki, her family, and with the loved ones of Alison Parker and Adam Ward,” said Barry DuVal, president & CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
The suspect in the shooting reportedly died following a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
ACCE will provide additional updates about Gardner’s condition and information on how to support her and the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber. - Associate of Chamber of Commerce Executives