January 2002

Don Schneider was born in Queens, NY and raised in Huntington, NY. He attended Walt Whitman High School in Huntington and studied Sociology at Suffolk Community College. He also attended a trade school, Wilson Technological Center and studied Automotive and Auto Body Repair.

He currently lives in Huntington and has two daughters, Katie, 26 and Danielle, 25. He also has a granddaughter, Melena James, 5.

Don grew up in the trucking industry. His dad was both a tractor-trailer driver as well as a truck mechanic. From the age of 10 years old, he spent his summer vacations from school working with his dad. He has always been around the heavy duty trucking industry his entire life. From 1975 to 1977, Don worked for White Carriage Bus Company and ran their body shop. He had 350 buses under his supervision.

In 1978, Don founded Metro Truck and Trailer Inc., a 20,000 sq. ft. facility with three acres of outside storage in Huntington Station, NY. As the owner and President, he built up his company's reputation through quality work, competitive pricing and reliable turn around time. He specializes in the fleet market in both heavy and medium duty vehicles. Don has 36 employees in the body shop and has a fleet of four vehicles and one trailer. Some of the work performed includes body refurbishments, collision repairs, chassis straightening, replacements and stretching, aluminum and steel fabrication. His shop is a certified DuPont refinisher specializing in Imron and base coat/clear coat. He also manufactures custom-built truck bodies and heavy-duty truck bodies. On-site repairs through a portable shop are also done on equipment such as earthmovers and mining equipment that is too large to transport to his shop. Some of this equipment is so large that Don has walked under them without ducking and he is 6'5".

Don is very active in the field of prevention of substance addiction and abuse. He has been involved with Alonon, ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) and the Peterson Kraig Center in Huntington for the last five years. He works with both the family members of the addict and the addict as well. He helped put together a program through a process called an Intervention. As a speaker, his main focus is to help family members understand the dynamics of addiction and to understand their role and how it has played out within the family.

His hobbies include collecting and restoring antique cars. He currently owns a 1927 Ford Model T, 2-seat Roadster, a 1951 Ford F-1 series pickup and a 1957 Corvette with a fuel injected 283 c.i. engine. These vehicles were all restored by Don and are in show room condition. He has entered his cars in many car shows and has taken first prize in many competitions. He is also a pilot and enjoys recreational flying in a 4-seat Cherokee plane out of Republic Airport in Farmingdale. Motorcycle restoration and riding round out his hobbies. He is the original owner of a 1971 Harley Davidson Electra Glide and has been riding since 1971.

Don has been an active and supportive Associate Member of the Society between 1991 and 1993 and from 2000 to present. He has served on the Membership Committee and also served as a past Chairman of the committee.

 


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