Class of 1991
Steve Michael Schmitz was born in Gainesville, TX, on November 1, 1972, the fifth of five children born to John Henry and Albina Ann Schmitz.
Steve’s calling to Subiaco was largely influenced in his formative years by attendance at St. Mary Catholic School in Gainesville. The parish priest, Father Nicholas Fuhrmann, OSB, became a lifelong mentor and friend. Steve graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a B.S. in Political Science and immediately returned to Gainesville and has been a steadfast supporter of the community ever since. Steve has faithfully promoted Catholic education in his hometown by serving on various councils for the school and church. As a member of Knights of Columbus, Steve achieved Fourth Degree Knight and Grand Knight for Council #1167.
His civic activities include service on the North Central Texas College Foundation Board and Boys & Girls Club of Cooke County Board. A major accomplishment was raising funds for a new $7 million Boys & Girls Club facility.
In October 1997, Steve married his childhood sweetheart, Misty Johnson, and they have two children, Kenadie and Nicholas. Being known for his entrepreneurial spirit and strong organizational skills, Steve’s career encompasses numerous private companies primarily in the energy and real estate industries through a partnership which he co-founded in 1997 with his brother, John D. Schmitz. B-29 Investments, LP, has developed several portfolio companies to significant levels with two offered to the public on the NYSE.
Always loving to share Subiaco with others, Steve spearheaded numerous Knights of Columbus retreats from Gainesville and has promoted Camp Subiaco and Subiaco Academy with great pride. Steve served on the Subiaco Alumni Association Board, Academy Board, and Foundation Board, serving as President of both the Alumni and Foundation boards. In 2012, Subiaco embarked on an $8 million capital campaign with Steve as its Campaign Chair. One of the hallmark accomplishments of the campaign was Fuhrmann Hall. Under Steve’s leadership, the campaign exceeded expectations in money raised and helped numerous people reconnect with Subiaco.