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Scott Schneider '88

Scott Schneider started his first company in 1987 while a student at Saint John's University. In 1989, he started TEC Interface Systems. In 2002, the company was named one of the Fast 50 of Fast Company magazine, and Scott was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Scott was named the Small Business Person of the Year in 1995 by the Small Business Administration Office of the State of Minnesota and Second Runner-up in the United States.

TEC Interface Systems was a prosthetics device business and the dream-on-the-shelf of Scott's father-in-law. (The dream was put on the shelf when 3-M said "no" to the project.) Scott and his father-in-law took the dream and made the business a success. From its St. Cloud, MN headquarters, they did business in 39 countries. In 2003, Scott sold the company to Otto Bock Health Care, where he now is on the Senior Management team for Otto Bock Health Care International based in Germany.