Gary Schneider was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Southern California in 1956. After spending 4 years in the Air Force, he started his civilian career with IBM Corporation and worked in management with RCA, GE and Whirlpool throughout the western United States. During this time he raised four children, and is now the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. His boating career started while in the Air Force and has continued for the past 40 years, starting with various ski boats and power yachts for family vacations and trips to Catalina. Currently he owns a 41′ Silverton Motor Yacht with his wife, Cathy. They have sailed together in the Virgin Islands as well as the Atlantic Coast of New England and the Southern California Coast. Upon moving to Long Beach in 1995, he joined Shoreline Yacht Club and became Commodore in 2005. He is currently a certified sailing instructor with American Sailing Association.