It was with great sadness that the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce South Central learned of the passing of Antonio Lancione, a cherished friend and beloved former chamber vice president.
Tony, as he was known to his friends, succumbed last week to a long battle with chronic illness.
Born in a small village in the central Italian region of Abruzzo, Tony worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 50 years, including more than four decades with the Bechtel Corporation in Milan, one of the world’s largest international management and construction companies. Before his retirement, Tony would ultimately serve as Principal Vice President of the firm’s oil and gas division.
As vice president of the chamber for seven years, he played a fundamental role in expanding the body’s membership among business leaders in Texas.
In 2016, he was honored at the Italian Culture and Community Center’s annual gala as an Italian-American “whose personal and professional achievements exemplify character, leadership, community, and the Italian spirit.”
In 2018, he was honored by the IACC, together with General Consul Elena Sgarbi, for his leadership in the international business community and his contributions to the chamber’s mission to promote business ties between Italy and the U.S.
He is survived by his wife Paola, their son Alessandro and their daughter Elena Lancione Hofmann, a member of the chamber’s board of directors.