Frank B. Schmidt was born on August 8th, 1939, in Shamokin, PA and passed on away on August 14th, 2019, in Thousand Oaks, CA at the age of 80. He graduated from Shamokin High School, Kiski Prep, and then the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business where he was a proud member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Frank’s career began in the brewing industry as a certified Master Brewer. He helped in the family brewery, Fuhrmann & Schmidt Brewing Co., and then then worked with Carling Brewing Co. for several years. Frank was recruited by PepsiCo to work in marketing and became an executive officer at The Pepsi Management Institute where he was able to market his favorite drink of part Pepsi and part sugar free Pepsi as Pepsi Lite. Frank transitioned into the executive recruiting and management consulting industry at Dunhill, then as a Managing Director of Stanton Chase International and later started his own firm, Frank B. Schmidt International. He recruited many top executives into America’s leading consumer product companies.
Frank’s many hobbies were his passions, especially his love of fast cars (Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Pantera, Austin Healey and others), which he occasionally raced. One of “his” cars made the front cover of a national auto publication as the most beautiful car in the world. He was famous for his “white knuckle” rides through the CA canyon roads. Frank was also a certified airplane pilot and an avid collector of Lionel Trains. Later, his love of cars evolved into a business of reconditioning sports cars.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their 3 children, Alexandra Schmidt, Frank William Schmidt, and Drake Schmidt, and 2 children, Suzan Jenkins (Tim) and Tracie Schmidt from his prior marriage to Antoinette Pita Schmidt, 3 loving grandchildren - Conrad Blau, Andrew Jenkins, and Katie Jenkins, and his siblings William M. Schmidt (Marylea), and Dr. Mary E. Schmidt-Libby (Russell).
Frank Schmidt’s memorial service and celebration of life will take place Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Farrow-CJ Lucas Funeral and Cremation Service, 240 W. Chestnut Street, Shamokin, Lori Ann Campbell, Supervisor. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Camp Bil-O-Wood’s Allen Bass Fund in honor of Frank B. Schmidt to: The Allen Bass Fund, c/o Jeff Amsler, 267 Sylvia Lane Allentown, PA 18104. To send condolcnes the family please visit www.farrowfh.com
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