Mr. Schwartz is the founder and Chairman of EMPact America. He also serves as the CEO of Steuben Foods, Inc. and Elmhurst Dairy, Inc., both of which fund EMPact America’s efforts. He has been in the dairy business for 52 years, and has successfully built a group of affiliated companies that remain at the cutting edge of food and beverage manufacturing. In addition to running his group of companies, Mr. Schwartz spends a significant amount of his time overseeing EMPact America’s daily operations.
Mr. Bellavia is the President of EMPact America. Prior to joining the EMPact team, Bellavia founded the largest Afghanistan and Iraq veteran advocacy organization in the nation, Vets for Freedom, with more than 95,000 members and 50 state chapters. Bellavia is an Iraq War veteran who was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the Second Battle of Fallujah. From the battlefields of Najaf, Muqdadiyah, Baquba, Fallujah and Mosul, he also earned a Bronze Star and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross—the State’s highest award for combat valor. He was nominated for the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross. Bellavia is also the best-selling author of House to House: An Epic Memoir of War.