Don Schneck grew up in the military as the son of a career Air Force officer and pilot. By the time he went to college, he had lived at the Military Academy at West Point, Stewart Air Field (New York), Hunter Air Force Base (Georgia), Barksdale Air Force Base (Louisiana), Little Rock Air Force Base (Arkansas), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio) and Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey. His leisure-time interests reflect his vast exposure to all things military.
Don graduated from Purdue University in 1970, with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. While at Purdue, he also lettered in football.
Schneck started his professional career with General Telephone and Electronics (now part of Verizon) in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He spent over 23 years working in telecommunications technology before turning his attention to working with non-profit organizations.
Over the next 20 years, Schneck worked at two different Boy Scout Councils (Evansville, Indiana, and Canton, Ohio), was a local director of the American Lung Association and was director pf two different Small Business Development Centers located at Purdue University and Kent State University. In 2005, while at Kent State, Schneck was one of the first volunteer business consultants to travel to Gulfport, Mississippi, to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief.
Over the years Don has toured Europe, Africa and the Middle East as a lecturer on strategic and long-range planning. As an entrepreneur, Schneck has established and operated small businesses in six different fields: photography, telecommunications manufacturing, computer services, custom cabinetry, durable medical equipment and professional educational programs.
In addition to working for non-profits, Schneck has considerable experience as a volunteer. His most notable assignments were: a past chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Grand Parade, board of directors and treasurer for the Palace Theatre Association (Canton, Ohio), treasurer of the Great Trail Council for the Girl Scouts of America (North Canton, Ohio), and fund raising chairman of the Rotary Club of Canton, Ohio.
Having spent a large part of his career preparing technical briefs, annual reports and sales brochures, it was only natural that he continue writing. His first efforts are adventure-fiction, using his modeling and military interests where ever possible. His most recent publication is Gemstone, a work of historical fiction set in England, in 1944.
Don and his wife, Diane, live in West Lafayette, Indiana.