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.
General Chrosniak enlisted in the Army in 1965, and was later commissioned through Regular Army Officer Candidate School. He went on to complete 37 years of combined service in the Regular Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard, and was advanced to the rank of Brigadier General by New York Governor George Pataki in 2005. He attained an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Daemen College, a Masters in Education from Saint Bonaventure University, and is a 1990 Army War College graduate. General Chrosniak retired from active duty in 1998 while an instructor at the Army War College, where he remained as civilian faculty. In October 2002 he was recalled to active duty service, serving two years on the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he assisted in writing the National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terror. He then went on to serve in Baghdad, Iraq, as Chief of Staff of the Strategy Plans and Assessments Office, and later as Commander of the Abu Ghraib Forward Operating Base and detention facility. Upon release from active duty in 2005, General Chrosniak returned to the Army War College for one year, when he was again recalled to active service for two additional years as Chief of Staff of the Army Asymmetric Warfare Office in the Pentagon. He is presently an instructor in the Center for Strategic Leadership’s Mission Command and Cyber Warfare Division. General Chrosniak has served in varied command and staff assignments in the U.S. and overseas, including Vietnam, Bosnia, Kuwait, and Iraq. Significant decorations are the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. Currently, he is an active firefighter with the Carlisle Fire and Rescue Company, the Carlisle Cumberland-Goodwill Ambulance Company, the FBI-sponsored INFRAgard EMP Special Interest Group, and EMPact America.