Key Museum Staff

At CMS, we regard our employees as our most valuable asset. We recognize that each has contributions that add to our collective knowledge—especially in the demanding field of interpretive museum exhibits and related services. All have been hand-picked for their experience and dedication to quality craftsmanship and exemplary service. Meet the Capitol Museum Services Team:

  • Amanda Coggins – Vice President, Museum Services
  • Chuck Schwieder, Senior Account Executive
  • Bill Painter – Museum Liaison
  • Barney Gault – Museum Liaison
  • Darren Hemminger – Senior Project Manager
  • Dan McGee – Senior Project Manager
  • Chet Kaplan – Director, AV Integration
  • Terry Thorton – Senior Estimator
  • Bruce Swanson – Estimator
  • Paul Snyder – Estimator
  • William Bobb – Exhibit Detailer
  • Brian Watson – Fabrication Shop Foreman
  • Tom Mills – Mount Maker and Lead Fabrication Technician
  • Gerard Quinn – Graphics Production Manager
  • Nancy Schultz – Graphic Designer / Coordinator

Amanda Coggins

Vice President, Museum Services

Amanda Coggins has over 28 years of experience in Sales and Marketing and has been an integral part of the success for every client she has worked with over the years. Her attention to customer service has earned her a reputation as a leader in the exhibit industry. First as Director of Sales Marketing, and now as a Vice President at CMS, she is responsible for the overall growth of the company in addition to ensuring customer satisfaction for each and every client. Her past experience includes working with such notable customers as The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, NOAA, The U.S. Army Center for Military History, The U.S.S. Monitor Center among others.

Chuck Schwieder

Senior Account Executive

For over two decades, Chuck has worked with a wide variety of designers and institutions to develop and produce successful exhibit projects.  His 15 years as a cabinetmaker and architectural millworker, 21 years in museum exhibit fabrication and degrees in economics and business management combine to provide clients with experience and first-hand knowledge.  In addition to his role in business development, Mr. Schwieder has also served as project manager for many prestigious clients.

Projects:
Some of Chuck’s notable projects include:

  • SITES  – “Breaking Records” and “381 Days” Exhibits
  • Liberty Memorial Asociation  – National World War I Museum
  • Smithsonian Institute National Museum of American History and SITES – “First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image”
  • National Library of Medicine – “Native Voices”
  • Bureau of Land Management – Pompey’s Pillar and Missouri Breaks Interpretive Centers

Bill Painter

Museum Liaison

Bill has worked in fabrication and installation for museums, trade shows, retail fit-outs and corporate event for more than 35 years. Now, he utilizes his creative and cutting edge ideas in the field of sales. Bill collaborates with clients to develop and document scope. He manages financial goals by paying close attention to the budget and by making value engineering suggestions that that are consistent with the design intent.

Projects:
Some of Bill’s notable recent projects include:

  • Smithsonian National Museum of African History – Earth Maters
  • Louisiana State Museum – Katrina and Beyond
  • Arlington National Cemetery – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Museum
  • National Marine Corp Museum – Permanent Exhibit
  • US Custom and Border Protection – Keeping America Safe
  • The Valentine Museum – This Is Richmond
  • National Geographic – Monster Fish

Barney Gault

Museum Liaison

Mr. Gault has over 35 years of experience producing photographic and digital output for trade show and museum fabrication firms. Barney’s superb reputation for knowledgeable quality service can be traced to his decades of hands-on experience with every level and aspect of modern graphic production.

Projects:
Some of Barney’s notable recent projects include:

  • Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History – “Q?RIUS” Education Exhibit
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Ocean, Discovery and Learning Center, American Samoa
  • Smithsonian Institute Astrophysical Observatory – “Black Holes” Traveling Exhibit
  • Mariners’ Museum – U.S.S. Monitor Exhibit
  • Smithsonian Institute National Museum of American History – “American Presidencies and First Ladies” and “Abraham Lincoln”
  • National Park Service – Monocacy State Battlefield Visitor Center

Darren Hemminger

Senior Project Manager

For over 27 years, Mr. Hemminger has been involved in the fabrication and installation of quality custom exhibits for museums, visitor centers, corporations and government agencies. Early on he was involved with the graphic design and art production side of commercial displays, eventually moving into museum and institutional work. For the past 17 years, Darren’s main focus has been the management of large museum exhibition projects, including many with significant numbers of original objects. Mr. Hemminger is proficient at coordinating and monitoring all work phases; establishing project milestones and tracking budgets and schedules; identifying and managing subcontractors and vendors; and, maintaining communications as a single point of contact for clients and project personnel.

Projects:
Some of Darren’s notable recent projects include:

  • New York Hall of Science – “Marvelous Molecules” and “Wild Minds” Exhibits
  • National Park Service – Ponca State Park Visitor Center
  • Smithsonian Institute National Museum of American History – “American Presidencies and First Ladies” and “Abraham Lincoln”
  • Smithsonian Institute National Postal Museum – “Systems at Work” and “Behind the Badge”
  • Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History – “Q?RIUS” Education Exhibit
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – “Gateway to NOAA” Visitor Center
  • Virginia Historical Society – “Virginians At Work”

Brian Watson

Fabrication Shop Foreman

Mr. Watson’s knowledge of architecture and experience in the building industry has given him a strong base, one on which he has developed and expanded his talents to include cabinetmaking, fine woodworking and finishing, and artifact mount making. His work is evidence of the knowledge and craftsmanship needed to produce a high quality end product. Mr. Watson manages and supervises the fabrication of all CMS projects.

Brian’s cabinetmaking skills have been utilized in exhibits such as: “DRAW! Political Cartoons” for the National Archives (NARA); the “Albert Gallatin House” at Friendship Hill, PA, for the U.S. Army Center of Military History (USACMH); and, “Before Freedom Came” for the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, VA.

Projects:
Mr. Watson has also worked on many projects as a lead cabinetmaker and artifact mount maker/installer. Included among them are:

    • Maryland Historical Society, Fells Point Maritime Museum, “Looking for Liberty” and “Visual Arts Gallery”
    • “Top Treasures” exhibit for the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
    • Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, NC
    • “Discovering American Voices” in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution
    • “Titanic-The Exhibition” at the Nauticus Museum in Norfolk, VA
    • “Every Four Years” for the Newseum in Roslyn, VA
    • Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Savannah, GA
    • “Form and Function,” “Justices WW II Exhibit,” and “The Supreme Courts of the World” for the Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC
    • Three floors of artifacts and exhibits in the Louisiana State Museum’s historic Cabildo building in New Orleans
    • George Washington Masonic Memorial Museum
    • Queen Anne’s County Exploration Center, Maine Lighthouse Museum

Chet Kaplan

Director AV Integration

Chet has over 30 years of experience in audio-visual integration and systems design for museums, visitor centers, welcome centers and corporate offices across the United States. He has worked hands-on with project managers, designers, clients and contractors in every aspect of AV integration and is fluent in PC, MAC, monitors, touch-screen, projectors, lighting and sound.

Projects:

    • Smithsonian-National Museum of Natural History, Qrius
    • University of Utah-Museum of Natural History; Hershey Corporation-The Hershey Experience
    • The Kenosha Civil War Experience-Seeing the Elephant Theater Kenosha
    • The Turkey Hill Experience; The Denver Zoo-Asian Tropics
    • The Tampa BAY History Center-“The Story of Coacoochee” Theater
    • Flint Hills Discovery Center
    • Port Canaveral Authority-Cove Welcome Center
    • Smithsonian-National Postal Museum
    • Ford’s Theater
    • Indianapolis Children’s Museum
    • North Hampton SIGAL Museum
    • Plymouth Plantation
    • Washakie Museum New York