B.S. in Liberal Arts/Sociology from the University of the State of New York
M.A. in Pub-lic Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service
Steve Wischmann was commissioned as a Coast Guard officer in 1989 upon graduation from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School. He received his B.S. in Liberal Arts/Sociology from the University of the State of New York in 1993 and his M.A. in Pub-lic Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Ser-vice in 1997.
Mr. Wischmann began his 29-year military career as an enlisted person in 1984, ultimately earning the rank of Captain in 2011. He served in four command assignments including Commanding Of-ficer of Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh and Commander Sector Buffalo where he led 15 field units, over 500 personnel, and Coast Guard mission performance across Lakes Erie, Ontario, and the Saint Lawrence River to Quebec. Other career highlights included two deployments to the high Arctic (1985 & 1986) and a two-year Special Staff assignment at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2004—2006 where he served as Chief of National Planning for the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), Chief of Staff to the Acting Assistant Secretary for IP, Executive Assistant to the Director of the Homeland Security Opera-tions Center, and Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations.
Upon his retirement from military service in 2013, Mr. Wischmann translated his passion for capacity building into the launch of Horizon Performance Solutions (HPS), a leadership and professional devel-opment consulting company. HPS assists businesses and organizations improve their leadership and professional competence and increase overall performance. In addition to his consulting work, Steve is an Adjunct Professor in the Adult and Graduate Studies Program at Hilbert College where he teaches both Graduate and Undergraduate courses in leadership, management, and public administration. Steve served as Chairman of the Buffalo Federal Executive Board in 2013, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and The Sled Hockey Foundation.
Mr. Wischmann has received numerous awards throughout his career including the Distinguished Feder-al Executive Award, Four Meritorious Service Medals, Four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard 9-11 Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, a Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Coast Guard Chief Financial Officer Award for Excellence.
Mr. Wischmann is a resident of Hamburg where he lives with his wife and two children.
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