Matthew Coggins Elected ATHM Board Chair

MatthewCogginsLowell, Mass. – December 3, 2015 – The American Textile History Museum is pleased to announce that J. Matthew Coggins, CFMP has been elected as the Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

Mr. Coggins, the Director of Marketing & Communications/Senior Vice President at Enterprise Bank in Lowell, Massachusetts, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2005 and is a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. He assumes the Board Chair role at a pivotal time, as the Museum undergoes a major transformation, seeking to engage in strategic partnerships that will protect the Museum’s priceless collection of artifacts while continuing its mission under a new structure.

“We are excited and optimistic about the changes that this transformation will bring, and we are fortunate to have someone with Matt Coggins’ wisdom, vision, and wealth of experience in this leadership role.” said Todd Smith, ATHM’s Interim Executive Director. “Matt has proven to be an essential member of our Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, and we can look forward to great things under his leadership.”

Mr. Coggins assumes the role from Karl H. Spilhaus, who had served as Board Chair since 2011 and has stepped down from the Board of Trustees to join the Museum’s Board of Advisors after nearly three decades of dedicated service.

“We sincerely thank Karl Spilhaus for his many years of leadership and service as a Trustee and chair,” said Mr. Coggins. “His unfailing enthusiasm, passion and belief in this Museum’s mission have contributed significantly to ATHM’s success and recognition as a world-class museum.”

Due to a continuing operating deficit, ATHM will temporarily close its exhibits and galleries to the public as of January 1, 2016. The Museum’s education programs will continue and access to ATHM’s collections as a research center will continue to be available by appointment.

“By closing our doors temporarily, we are opening new doors for future opportunities,” said Mr. Coggins. “We recognize that we need to find strategic partners to enable ATHM to preserve and protect our collection and continue to embrace our mission.”

In his capacity at Enterprise Bank, Mr. Coggins is responsible for developing and implementing the bank’s marketing strategies, internally and externally, for its 22 branches, mortgage, insurance, and wealth management divisions. Coggins is also responsible for media and corporate relations, research and data management, customer segmentation, and advertising management.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University of Rhode Island, and a Masters in Science in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. Coggins is a 2012 graduate of the American Banking Associations’ School of Bank Marketing & Management (SBMM) and 2015 graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He earned his Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers in 2012.

Mr. Coggins resides in Andover, Massachusetts, with his wife Karen and their children.