The Renaissance of Brotherhood Program allows men who live up to the ideals of Sigma Phi Epsilon to be part of the Fraternity, even though they may not have had the opportunity during their college years. Renaissance Brothers are men who, through their actions, have proven that they live their lives in accordance with our three cardinal principles: Virtue, Diligence and Brotherly Love. Many Renaissance Brothers are local community leaders, outstanding members of the college or university community, or even a fathers of an undergraduate brother.
Meet our Renaissance Brothers!
James (Jim) Schneller, Jr.
Jim Schneller graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1986 with a degree in Computer Science and Math. He and his wife, Karen, who is also a UW-Platteville graduate, are natives of Platteville.
Jim began his technology career as a Software Engineer for John Deere Dubuque Works. In 1987, he joined Insight Industries, Inc. as its third employee. The Platteville-based company provided software development, project management and system engineering and verification solutions for avionics, medical, electronics and communication businesses. He rose through the ranks to become its General Manager. In 1996, Jim coordinated the purchase of substantially all of the assets on Insight Industries, Inc. Jim was the majority stockholder of the newly formed company which eventually changed its name to AVISTA, Incorporated. As President, General Manger, and sole Director of AVISTA, Incorporated, the company increased nearly five-fold in size and revenue. In 2003, AVISTA, Incorporated was acquired by Esterline Corporation. In addition to its current customer base, AVISTA Incorporated is now the Software Center of Excellence for the Esterline Corporation. Continuing as its President, Jim retired from AVISTA in July 2008.
Jim is currently the Chairman of the Board for Southwest Health Center, on the Board of Wisconsin Bank & Trust, is serving as CFO for Community Evangelical Free Church in Platteville, and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Engineering, Math and Science College (EMS) and the Computer Science Department for the University of Wisconsin–Platteville. He was a Director for the First National Bank of Platteville, and is serving, or has served on many other civic boards and commissions, including Platteville Area Industrial Development Corporation (PAIDC) as past President, Platteville Police and Fire Commission, the Platteville Municipal Airport Board, and the Optimists organization.
Jim is currently active in the real estate investment and development with holdings in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Florida, including the 170-acre development on the eastern edge of Platteville featuring Walmart and Menard’s.