Chimes International, Ltd., a leading provider of services and supports to people with disabilities, today announced that Douglas M. Schmidt has been elected as the Chairperson of the organization’s Board of Directors. Mr. Schmidt is succeeding Patrick Bagley, a board member for more than 10 years and chair of the Chimes International Board of Directors for the past 6 years. Mr. Schmidt’s term will begin on July 1, 2016.

Mr. Bagley commented, “I am extremely confident that Doug will provide the necessary leadership and oversight to the Chimes International board so that our quality of services and good governance remain top priorities for the entire organization.”

Mr. Schmidt has held numerous board leadership positions within Chimes, including most recently advising the Chimes DC subsidiary, which employs over 1,275 people with disabilities at the Pentagon, BWI Marshall Airport, the Library of Congress and many more settings.

“In addition to being a tireless advocate for people with disabilities, Doug has earned a strong reputation as one of the leading investment bankers to growth companies in the mid-Atlantic region,” said Marty Lampner, Chimes President and Chief Executive Officer. “Chimes has benefitted from Doug’s strategic thinking, financial acumen and dedication to our cause for many years. We are pleased he will be leading our Chimes International Board of Directors as our organization continues to evolve to meet the needs of people with disabilities in an ever-changing regulatory and financial landscape.”

Mr. Schmidt has 30 years of experience in the financial sector and is the founding partner of Chessiecap Securities, Inc., a leading technology-focused investment banking firm based in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Schmidt holds an AB from Harvard College where he was the president of Phillips Brooks House Association, Harvard’s largest undergraduate organization, well-known for its social service and advocacy work. He also holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of Management, which emphasizes leadership in both the public and private sectors.

Locally, Mr. Schmidt is a past chairman of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council and has been active in the past in leadership with the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and the Northern Virginia Technology Council. He remains chairman of the Maryland Survivors Scholarship Fund that he co-founded in 2001, a fund that provides college scholarships to children of Maryland 9/11 victims. He is a contributor to various newspapers and journals, often writing on topics that involve the intersection of ethics, business and political life.

About Chimes: Chimes International, Ltd. and subsidiaries, known as the Chimes Family of Services, offer a wide range of opportunities for people with disabilities and other special needs. Chimes International, as the parent organization, leads and supports various subsidiaries which provide services to over 19,000 people in 6 states, the District of Columbia and Israel.

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