Howard M. Schoor resides at Jupiter Country Club in Jupiter, FL and has other homes at The Chapin Estate in Bethel, NY and Battleground Country Club in Manalapan, NJ. Mr. Schoor is a 1961 graduate of Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, with a B.S.C.E. degree and has done graduate work at NYU. He had been a licensed Professional Engineer, Land Surveyor and Planner in New Jersey and has been licensed to practice engineering in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida and California. Mr. Schoor has also been affiliated with the American Society of Civil Engineers, NJ Society of Professional Engineers, NJ Society of Professional Land Surveyors, National Society of Professional Engineers, NJ Society of Municipal Engineers, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, American Water Works Association, Garden State Land Surveyors Alliance, National Association of Homebuilders and NJ Shore Builders Association.
Mr. Schoor was the Founder and Chairman Emeritus (retired August 4, 2005) as well as the Chief Executive Officer (1967-1992) of Schoor DePalma Inc., a national engineering and design firm. He has served as Municipal and/or Authority Engineer representing such entities in all phases of facilities planning, design, project development and construction management. For 25 years (1967-1992), Howard had guided his firm to a pre-eminent position within the profession. Under his direction, the firm received recognition and numerous awards from various industry organizations and was continually ranked as a top firm in the country by Engineering News Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firm listing. Schoor DePalma was also honored by CE News as one of the five best engineering firms in the nation to work for and the Best Firm To Work For in NJ by NJ Biz. Howard is recognized and respected for his complete knowledge of residential home development in New Jersey and New York.
In 1992, Mr. Schoor formed SGS Communities (residential home builder and land developer with projects in New Jersey and Florida) where he served as Chairman (responsibilities included land acquisition, finance and the approval process) until December 3, 1996 when substantially all its assets were acquired by D. R. Horton, Inc. – New Jersey. D. R. Horton, Inc. (a publicly traded company on the NYSE (DHI) and is the largest or one of the largest residential builders in the country). It engages in the construction and sale of high quality, single-family homes and age restricted adult communities. The Company was building and selling homes in 27 states and 83 markets. Until 2006, Mr. Schoor served as Vice Chairman of D. R. Horton, Inc. – New Jersey and was responsible for land acquisition by the Company in NJ, NY, PA, MD and DE.
In 1997, Mr. Schoor was Founder and Chairman of the Community Bank of New Jersey until July 2004 when the Bank was acquired by Sun Bancorp, Inc., Vineland, NJ. At Community Bank of New Jersey, Mr. Schoor helped established the bank as a dominant community bank in Monmouth County with eight branches. Upon Sun Bancorp’s acquisition of Community Bank of New Jersey in July 2004, Mr. Schoor was elected to the Board of Directors at Sun National Bank and also served as a member of Sun National Bank’s Executive, Merger and Acquisition and Compensation/Personnel Committees. Both Community Bank of New Jersey (CBNJ) and Sun Bancorp (SNBC) were/are publicly traded NASDAQ companies. Mr. Schoor resigned from these positions in November 2006.
In 1998, Mr. Schoor formed HMS Consulting, LLC, a land development and real estate consulting company, located in Millstone, NJ, where he serves as Managing Member.
In 2000, Mr. Schoor formed Woodstone, a group of companies, located in Bethel, NY. Its primary purpose is land development and building of high-quality handcrafted custom country homes. Howard serves as Chairman, President and/or CEO. Woodstone Companies are the builders and developer of the 5,500± acre Chapin Estate.
In 2008, Mr. Schoor formed Seat Strap, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company, with an office in Boca Raton, FL, where he serves as Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Schoor is also the former owner of Showplace Farms, one of the country’s top standardbred horse training facilities and the former owner of Colts Gait Farm, a commercial breeding operation. He had been continuously active in the standardbred industry for over thirty years as both an owner and breeder of harness horses. He served as an elected Director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association from 1980 to 1989.
Over the past 35 years, Mr. Schoor served as a Director of Midlantic/Merchants National Bank and also New Era Bank, and was on the Board of First Pioneer Farm Credit Association’s Customer Service Council. Mr. Schoor also served on the Board of Directors of YHD and Foxtons North America, Inc.
In 2003, Mr. and Mrs. Schoor, together with their children, established the Schoor Family Foundation, Inc., which has been funded with personal donations exceeding $1.0 million.
Mr. Schoor has long been a philanthropist and humanitarian. He has donated and helped raise multiple millions of dollars for worthwhile charities. He is an on-going supporter and active participant in numerous local charitable and civic community activities. For over 20 years, Howard served on the Board of Directors of Collier Services where he established the Collier Youth Services Foundation, a regional, non-profit, non-sectarian organization that gives at-risk and handicapped children “a chance to grow” to their potential through its specialized high school, residential group homes (Red Bank and Keyport), year-round environmental educational studies, summer day camp and recreational programs. Several years ago, Collier Services established the Howard M. Schoor Humanitarian Fund in honor of Howard’s support and service. This fund is used to assist children and families to any of the Collier programs who have a compelling need not addressed by other resources. Mr. Schoor not only worked with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd at Collier in Monmouth County, but also worked as an advisor to the Provincial Council throughout the northeastern states.
Mr. Schoor’s charitable work has also been diverse and ecumenical. He was a Director and Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County where he worked to encourage and support Jewish Education and to strengthen the relationship between North American Jews and the Israeli people. He was a member of the Israel Bonds National Campaign Cabinet and was the Honoree in 2003 at an Israel Bonds Dinner where he was awarded the “Israel Peace Medal”. Additionally, he was recognized as “The Honoree for 1999 with a Testimonial Dinner and Journal Tribute” by the Center for Holocaust Studies at Brookdale Community College and have received recognition by Temple Beth Shalom, Manalapan, NJ for his contributions towards the Temple’s renovations and expansion of its educational and recreational facilities, now named after his father, Samuel Schoor. Mr. Schoor also provided a matching grant to upgrade the lobby-reception area of the synagogue which is named after his mother, Sadie Schoor
Mr. Schoor served as a Director of the Southern New Jersey Regional Board of the Heritage Affiliate of the American Heart Association, which strives to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and strokes.
Mr. Schoor was also actively involved with the Monmouth County Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, a non-profit organization, committed to finding a cure for MS and to improving the quality of life for people with MS and their families.
For over 25 years, Mr. Schoor played a meaningful role with the Centra State Healthcare Foundation where he was a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and was recently made an Honorary Trustee. Howard also served as the Honorary Campaign Chairman of Centra State Healthcare Foundation’s Radiation Therapy Center fundraising effort. In addition, Mr. Schoor has been recognized as a Patron of the Centra State Healthcare Foundation’s Circle of Friends Society for his charitable efforts. The Circle of Friends Society is a recognition and tribute to the importance of philanthropy and community involvement in their quest for continuous improvement of patient care.
Mr. Schoor currently serves on the Board of Directors of Southern Tier Title Agency in Monticello, New York.