Warren County crash victim fondly remembered for generosity

Steven Schnall, 55, died last week in a motorcycle crash in Warren County.

He was a highly respected and successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was the head of Quontic Bank, a thriving mortgage business.

He was one of the founding board members of The Arthur Project. That’s a non-profit that provides therapeutic mentoring services to middle school students.

According to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Schnall was driving a motorcycle and crashed with a car on Route 8 in the town of Horicon. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was heading home from a trip to Canada.

NewsChannel 13 spoke to Jessica Greenawalt, the Executive Director of The Arthur Project. She says Schnall was caring and a compassionate, but also a successful self-made businessman.

Schnall says his business was geared at helping low-income people and newcomers to the U.S. secure mortgages.

“I have to admit, when I first met him, I probably had some prejudice around who he might be, because he obviously is a very big successful businessman and doing very well. And as I really got to know him, he had a really wonderful heart. He cared very deeply about the people we were serving,” said Greenawalt.

“We – as a team and as individuals – are devastated by this profound loss. Steve was more than a visionary leader and exemplary business owner. His warmth, intellect, humility, charisma, kindness, wit, humanity, and humor made him someone we looked to for inspiration and motivation daily. We are so very grateful to have known him, and to have been led by him. Quontic, the company Steve founded and built, is navigating this with humility and renewed dedication. We are thankful for all of the support.

From George Lazaridis, Quontic’s Co-Founder and interim CEO:

“Personally, Steve was an incredible friend and partner and I will miss him dearly.”