Cort Meinelschmidt is a lifelong Washington County native. He is a graduate of Williamsport High School, with deep roots in community service. If you recognize his unique name, Meinelschmidt, it is likely because you, or someone close to you, learned how to swim from his mother Ms. Karen at the Hagerstown YMCA. The love of swimming and passion to serve this community demonstrated by his mother was formative for Cort. As early as 1996, his desire to reach his full potential and consistent display of the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, contributed to young Cort being selected as the Washington County YMCA Youth of the Year.
Cort served nearly 7 years in the US Navy following high school. In the Navy, his natural gifts combined with his steadfast determination enabled him to become a decorated Rescue Swimmer. On September 30th, 2003, the Department of the Navy conferred upon Cort the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, for “the superior performance of his duties”, and “more notably, 15 lives saved.”, further stating that “Meinelschmidt’s exceptional professionalism and selfless devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.” Before the end of his Naval service, he earned the esteemed designation of Naval Air Crew, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist.
"15 lives saved"
After returning home to Washington County following his enlistment, Cort began working as a financial advisor. He completed a bachelor’s degree program, earned his designation as an Accredited Asset Management Specialist and passed the FINRA series 7, 63, and 65 exams, along with obtaining his insurance licenses. While working he was also engaged with the communities local youth as the coach of the Williamsport Wildcats football team for 4 years. He took on the role of coaching the Special Olympics Swim team, and continues to coach that team 14 years later. When Cort unexpectedly lost his brother Erik in 2008, the swim team at Saint Maria Goretti lost their coach and leader. Cort honored his family legacy by taking up his brothers’ mantle as coach, and helped to lead the men’s and women’s teams to successive championships over the next two seasons. Later, he became a member of the board of directors for the ARC of Washington County, where he has served for the past 12 years and as their President for the last 6 years. Cort was asked 3 years ago to lead by example during the organizations most effective annual fund raising event, Dancing with the ARC Stars. Despite never having been known as a dancer before, he graciously said yes, and has shown off his dance moves every year since. In 2016 Cort received a Community Service Award, honorable mention, presented by Invest in Others. The running theme in Cort’s life of service to date, is that when he sees an outstretched hand in need of help, he always seeks to meet that need.
As a fiscal conservative, Cort has developed a reputation in Washington County as a smart businessman. He was recognized by Hagerstown Magazine as one of the “2009 People to Watch”, and in 2010 as a “Small Business Champion” by The National Federation of Independent Business. The small local investment company that Cort started in 2011, Sentinel Capital Solutions, continues to flourish in Washington County today.
Cort is a family man with two children who attend Washington County Public Schools and a lovely wife named Chelsea, who is a teacher at the Marshall Street School and also a life long resident of our county.
Leadership - Community - Integrity
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