Tragically lost to us on July 31, 2012, Mark C. Schneider was a co-founding principal of Fourth River Development LLC. Having won repeated recognition for community service, Mark brought two full decades of distinguished economic development experience to his new firm. As president of The Rubinoff Company, he was responsible for developing such milestone projects as Washington’s Landing, a mixed use Allegheny River island development; Summerset at Frick Park, a 700-home Traditional Neighborhood community built on a seven-story slag disposal site; and Alcoa Business Service Center, a 280,000 square foot Class A office building on the Allegheny’s North Shore.
Following graduation from the University of Miami, Ohio, Mark entered the industry in 1982 as director of special projects for the North Side Civic Development Association. He moved to the private sector in 1988 as Development Director of Carnegie Properties and joined the Rubinoff organization in 1990.
Mark’s ability to advance community quality-of-life initiatives is evidenced by his record of volunteer public service. During the period when PNC Park and Heinz Field were constructed and when the Lawrence Convention Center was tripled in size, he served as Board Chairman of both the Stadium Authority and the Sports & Exhibition Authority – the public agencies assigned responsibility for the three projects. Mark’s public service role included contributions beyond his home city of Pittsburgh. He was Allegheny County Commissioner to the Southwest Regional Planning Commission; served on the Board of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Finance Authority; and chaired the Board of Directors of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania. During a PNC Park memorial tribute a week after his death, Mark’s performance in these volunteer positions was lauded in remarks by, among others, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. His Fourth River Development colleagues share the sentiments expressed on that occasion in full measure.