Coby Mach remembered at LIBA luncheon

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The President and CEO of Lincoln Independent Business Association was found dead on Friday.

Lincoln Police say Coby Mach died from suicide.

On Monday, he was remembered as a great leader.

Coby Mach was a prominent figure in Lincoln as a radio talk show host and the President of LIBA.

At their monthly luncheon on Monday, board members honored and remembered their late CEO as a man with a lot of energy, who was a friend to everyone.

A pink energizer bunny sat at the podium during the monthly LIBA luncheon, representing Coby Mach.

A man who coworkers say, was passionate about everything.

"He had more energy than four or five of us combined. And he lived it, he lived it and he breathed it every day,” said LIBA Chairman, Lincoln Zehr.

Coby Mach was at LIBA for 15 years and Zehr says he was the one who made it what it is today.

"Coby Mach breathed life into the vision, the idea, the dream, of what LIBA could be,” said Zehr.

Zehr took the podium saying they will go forward but it will be different and strange without Mach.

Mayoral candidates Leirion Gaylor Baird and Cyndi Lamm both commented on the passing of Mach, sharing memories and inspiration from Mach.

"He had a sparkle in his eye when he approached that microphone and I remember saying as I approached it, 'Wow this studio is cool, look at that yellow microphone!' And he said to me, 'it never gets old',” said mayoral candidate, Leirion Gaylor Baird.

"He recognized the need for change in this community, the change in leadership and government, which is one of the reasons I ran, and am running to be mayor of the city,” said mayoral candidate, Cyndi Lamm.

Zehr says they will always miss him but they will remain strong.
The board will take time to celebrate the life of Coby Mach, closing their office until Thursday morning.

"We thank Coby for sharing his passion and talents with us, we miss our friend,” said Zehr.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from thoughts of suicide, know that you're not alone.

Lincoln has strong community resources available and you can always call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.