Walter Schneider is President and Co-founder of the RE/MAX INTEGRA Group of Companies. In 1980, alongside his partner Frank Polzler, Chairman and Co-Founder, Schneider acquired the Eastern Canadian rights to RE/MAX, establishing both the brand and their head office in Mississauga, where it currently resides. In the following years he and his partner continued to acquire the rights to multiple regions throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Today Walter and Frank own and operate the RE/MAX brand in 36 countries worldwide, with approximately 2,450 operating offices and an agent count of more than 29,000; which equates to nearly 1/3 of the entire RE/MAX network selling a property every 75 seconds. He is also Co-Founder of Ipromoteu; a Boston based promotional products company; that booked sales in excess of $100M in 2013.
Over his 34 years with the company, Walter has received nearly every RE/MAX award offered. In addition he has been named CEO of the year by the Financial Post, received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for his work with the Canadian Forces, and most recently the T. Wilson Award from his alma mater, University of Toronto, which recognizes outstanding achievement by alumni in business and charitable work. Schneider also plays a very active role in the community, sitting on three diverse boards, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Team Up Foundation, Canada’s Walk of Fame Foundation and most recently The David Foster Foundation. Walter is very active in numerous sports but his favorite past time is playing hockey in a recreational beer league.
Walter was born and raised in Toronto, the product of Austrian immigrants who came to Canada after WWII. He and his wife Maria have been married 27 years and they reside in Toronto. They have three children, Shelby, Conrad and Simon. Their eldest, Shelby, is also a RE/MAX’er as she serves as the Director of Public Relations and Communication for the INTEGRA Group. Although he has travelled the world, Schneider says his favorite place is the family cottage in Muskoka, Ontario.