Schneider, Thomas O.
- Departments:Elected Officials
- Title:Highway Commissioner
- Phone:(630) 837-0960
- Fax:(630) 837-1413
Tom Schneider grew up in Hanover Township, as did his father and grandfather. He attended college at Purdue University where he earned a B.S. degree in Biology, and an M.S.I.M. (MBA equivalent) in Finance. Upon graduation, Mr. Schneider took a position as a financial analyst with Eli Lilly and Company, and during his 10 years at the company rose to the position of Director of Finance, Eli Lilly Italia. Mr. Schneider has lived in Mexico City and Florence, Italy.
In 1989, Mr. Schneider returned to Elgin to work in the family’s golf business, Rolling Knolls Country Club. While working at Rolling Knolls, Tom recognized the need for other golf facilities to hire experienced outside management to manage their seasonal businesses and contain costs. He founded Links Management and began working with Streamwood Oaks Golf Course in 1995. Mr. Schneider is currently involved in the management of four golf courses.
Mr. Schneider is currently on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Elgin YMCA, and is a member, and past-president, of the Elgin Rotary Breakfast Club.
Mr. Schneider has a wife, Diane, and four daughters: Kristi (a speech therapist in Houston, TX), Danielle (co-founder of Original Strength Fitness in Cary, NC), Carly (golf professional, and GM of the Golf Club of Illinois), and 1st Lt. Erin Schneider (currently deployed to Kosovo as commander of a NATO Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team). He has two grandchildren.
A resident of the Township for the majority of his life, Tom Schneider was elected Highway Commissioner in April of 2017.
In January 2018, the Road District will be consolidated with the Township’s Facilities and Maintenance Department. The Facilities and Maintenance Department has five full-time employees and the Road District has two. Once combined, it will be possible to utilize each of the seven staff members in the areas where they are most needed at any given time. It is Mr. Schneider’s goal to make certain that Township residents receive the same great level of service on their roads after the consolidation that they have been used to.