Long-time industry veteran Dennis Hedlund passed away late Saturday night, March 26, at the age of 66.

Hedlund founded iEmergent in 2000 as a family-run, consulting firm-turned-think-tank after nearly 20 years as an executive at two national lenders, according to the firm’s website.

Laird Nossuli, CEO of iEmergent and his daughter, sent out a note on Monday to clients, partners and friends, saying, “Hedlund received a lung transplant in February 2014 due to a diagnosis of Pulmonary Fibrosis. Despite putting more energy and courage into his recovery than one would think is possible, he continued to suffer from setbacks that eventually were too great for him to overcome. We are blessed that he was at home, surrounded by all of his family when he passed.”

In her note, she also included an excerpt from an email written by a friend and former colleague of his, to the folks at Wells Fargo. Hedlund worked as an executive vice president for Wells Fargo from March 1996 to October 1999.

Dennis Hedlund, who was an executive vice president here in the late ‘90s, passed away late Saturday night after a long and difficult illness. Dennis was a man of keen intellect and of intellectual curiosity. He was also a man of tremendous enthusiasm for this business but more so, for the people in the business. He was a mentor and friend to myself and many others in this fine company. Dennis brought a sense of new possibilities to the fore that many of us had never thought of before and empowered so many to be more and do more than we ourselves thought possible. And while I dearly miss Dennis, he brings a smile to my face when I think of how he helped so many become what they could be. For those who knew Dennis, say a prayer for him and his family. For those who did not have that high privilege, perhaps make a call, send a note or visit someone you know who could use a friend in a difficult time.

Nossuli concluded her note saying, “I have the honor of being able to continue to grow and develop iEmergent, guided by his spirit of new possibility, intellectual curiosity, and tremendous enthusiasm. We can only hope to make him as proud of us as we are of him.”