Meet the Team

President | General Manager

Daniel Schmidt is a United States Army Veteran and a Colorado native; his service years extended from 1972 through 1975. After his service, Daniel Schmidt was employed by CoorsTek in Golden, CO. CoorsTek quickly capitalized on his analytical abilities, which allowed Daniel Schmidt to solely operate a portion of the analytical lab until his retirement from CoorsTek in 2009. Daniel Schmidt currently manages CMS, in conjunction with Mrs. Ann Schmidt, and also directs the mechanical performance testing and scanning electron microscopy departments of CMS. His entrepreneurial skillset, in conjunction with the breadth of analytical knowledge and operational experience that he has accrued regarding microscopy and laboratory equipment, makes Daniel Schmidt a key asset to the professional team at CMS.


Ann Schmidt joined the team at Colorado Metallurgical Services in 2008 after being successfully self-employed for over 23 years. Mrs. Schmidt currently manages CMS, in conjunction with Mr. Dan Schmidt, and provides customer service, administrative support, accounting services for CMS. Mrs. Schmidt is currently working with CMS part time, as she moves toward full time retirement. 

QA Manager | SCWI

Jason Schmidt joined the team at Colorado Metallurgical Services in 2002, when the business was under a different ownership; he thrived at the onset of his career at CMS and gained extensive experience in the fields of chemical composition analysis, mechanical performance testing, welding certification, metallography, and failure analysis. A Colorado native, he has been mentored in every department of CMS' operations, and has achieved the lead supervisory role of every department at one point in time throughout his tenure at CMS; in 2007, he became the company’s QA Manager and Metallurgist. He played an integral part in the internal restructuring that led to a new company ownership in 2008. In 2009, he acquired a Certified Welding Inspector certification from the American Welding Society (AWS). In 2018, he acquired his Senior Certified Welding Inspector certification from AWS. In his tenure at CMS, Jason Schmidt has overseen hundreds of failure analysis investigations, has provided trial testimony as a technical witness, and has served as a key consultant in solving clients’ reverse engineering or quality control issues.

Josh Martinez

Metallurgical Technician 

Josh Martinez joined the team at CMS in 2008 after being employed with CoorsTek in R&D. Josh have extensive experience in specimen preparation for mechanical and metallurgical testing. 

B.Sc., Materials Engineer

Office Manager 

Coming from the Reno/Tahoe area with an undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Nevada in 2013, Josh moved to Denver to be in a larger mountain city in the summer of 2014.  Josh began his career at CMS in October, 2014 taking over the mechanical performance testing department to allow Mr. Daniel Schmidt to focus more time and energy on the renovation and expansion of CMS.  While managing the mechanical testing department, Josh became well versed in chemical and metallographic analyses before beginning to assist the failure analysis department on cases from many different industries.  As of July, 2016 Josh is now the head of failure analysis for CMS.

Ruth Hughes joined CMS in July of 2019. She offers CMS her business management skills, office management skills, administrative and customer support. Her extensive experience in operations, project management, customer service, strong organizational skills, leadership, analytical and communication skills coupled with strong business acumen makes Ruth a great fit and team member here at CMS. 

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