Don Schneider, one of the transportation industry’s brightest leaders, died at the age of 76 from complications from Alzheimer’s Disease today.
Schneider National has been in the trucking business for over 75 years, and Don guided the company with a unique combination of business smarts and human compassion for nearly 40 years, taking the company from an $82 million dollar phase and turning it into an international enterprise with revenues of over $3.4 billion. Today, the Schneider National Enterprise has 11,000 trucks on the road, 18,468 associates and conducts business in countries all over the world.
In a statement released by the company’s President and CEO Chris Lofgren, Schneider was described as intensely committed and focused.
“[Don’s] deep belief in the vision of Schneider National and the crucial role we could play in shaping a better standard of living allowed him never to lose sight, or doubt for a moment, the achievement of that goal. Even in the most difficult industry downturns and regulatory upheavals, that steadfast belief became contagious to all of us.
Don was a great believer in personal growth. He wanted each of us to achieve our full potential and understood that real growth comes from personal achievement, and that such accomplishments are found in work, family and other aspects of our lives. Don firmly believed in the inherent good of people and in their desire to experience the satisfaction of a job well done.”
Schneider is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pat, five children, 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held next week for family and personal friends. Current and past Schneider National office, shop and driver associates; industry friends and community leaders are encouraged to only attend a separate Celebration of Life event to be held 2-3 weeks following funeral services.