Schneider attended UCLA where he graduated with honors in 1976 before joining the family's commercial flooring business, MSA Industries. When he joined MSAI, it had 12 employees.
Within three years Schneider was named president of the $3 million enterprise and by 1983 he had purchased the business, having grown revenues more than five-fold. From 1994-1996, Schneider led the company through a whirlwind period of expansion, growing at a 63% CAGR.
MSAI employees grew from 200 to 2,000; the number of office/warehouses grew from six across three states to forty-six in thirty-one states; and revenues grew from $45 million to over $350 million. In late 1996 Schneider sold MSA Industries to E.I DuPont de Nemours & Co.
In early 1997 Schneider founded The Parkside Group, which invests in income-producing real estate assets and operating companies. The fundamental principle at Parkside is that asset value growth is driven by improved operating results. This is supported by Parkside’s hands-on management approach.
Schneider was a member of the Young Presidents Organization at the age of 33, where he gained valuable leadership experience. Additionally, Schneider was selected as one of ten US trade delegates to the 1988 and 1989 Emerging Leaders Summits, joint meetings between the United States and the former Soviet Union, established by President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Schneider enjoys traveling, sports, and spending free time with his family. He has four sons, Brandon (29), Blake (27), Kevin (26), and Ryan (19).