HMS Productions, Inc. is comprised of Don Hakenson, Chuck Mauro and Steve Sherman.

 Donald C. Hakenson:  Don Hakenson was born in Washington DC, but lived practically his entire life in Fairfax County, Virginia.   Don is a Vietnam era Air Force veteran and retired from the federal government on February 3, 2008 after working 37 years for the Department of the Army as a civilian.   Don was the Director for the U.S. Army & Joint Services Records Research Center for his last 19 years and had been with the same agency for 27 consecutive years. His agency was responsible for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) inquiries, Agent Orange exposure and other issues concerning combat veterans. 

Outside of the Army, Don has spent countless years researching obscure Civil War incidents and sites in Fairfax County, especially regarding the Confederate guerilla chieftain Colonel John S. Mosby and his rangers.  For over a decade Don has conducted Mosby & Fairfax County Civil War bus tours for the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society; the Franconia Museum; and other Civil War related organizations inside and outside of the State of Virginia. 
Don is the past President for the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society.  He is a current board member of that organization and served as a History Commissioner for Lee District in Fairfax County for over five years.   Don is also a founder and a member on the board of directors for the Franconia Museum and is a Civil War advisor for the Mosby Foundation, in Warrenton, Virginia and for the Friends of Laura Ratcliffe, in Herndon, Virginia.  He is also a member of the sesquicentennial committees for Fairfax City and Fairfax County.

Furthermore, Don’s manuscript, This Forgotten Land, A Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Virginia, was the recipient of the 2001 Nan Netherton award presented by the Fairfax County History Commission.  Don was also the co-producer, writer and narrator of the award winning documentary Mosby's Combat Operations in Fairfax County, Va., including a Distinguished Service Award from the 2011 Fairfax County History Conference. In addition, his book, This Forgotten Land, Volume II, Biographical Sketches of Confederate Veterans Buried in Alexandria, Virginia, received a special History award from the Alexandria Historical Society in April 2011 and also received the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal Award from the United Daughters of the Confederacy Loudoun Chapter 170 on November 17, 2012.   Additionally, Don has published three other books about Colonel John S. Mosby and his men. 

 He is also the co-author of the newly released A Tour Guide and History of Col. John S. Mosby's Operations in Fairfax County, Virginia and the newly released  A Tour Guide and History of Col. John S. Mosby's Combat Operations in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Don had two great-great grandfathers who served in the Confederate Cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia. Don also had various cousins and uncles that served in the Forty-Third Battalion of Virginia Cavalry or Mosby’s Rangers.

 

Charles V. Mauro: Chuck Mauro received the coveted Nan Netherton Heritage Award in 1999 for his historical research, writing, and photography of The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill), A Monumental Storm.  He is also the writer and co-producer for the award winning movie The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill). He also supplied a chapter for Fairfax County Stories: 1607 – 2007

 Chuck is also the Director and co-producer of the award winning documentary Mosby's Combat Operations in Fairfax County, Va., including a Distinguished Service Award from the 2011 Fairfax County History Conference.

Chuck is also the author of five books.  His latest is A Southern Spy in Northern Virginia: The Civil War Album of Laura Ratcliffe is the story of an album that Confederate General JEB Stuart gave to Laura Ratcliffe, a spy who lived in Frying Pan, now Floris, Va. during the Civil War. 
Mr. Mauro also authored The Civil War in Fairfax County: Civilians and Soldiers, in which he has given voice to the heretofore silent majority of the participants in the Civil War: the civilians.  Mauro is also the author and photographer of Herndon: A Town and Its History and Herndon: A History in Images which documents the town in which Chuck lives.

He is also the co-author of the newly released A Tour Guide and History of Col. John S. Mosby's Operations in Fairfax County, Virginia and the newly released  A Tour Guide and History of Col. John S. Mosby's Combat Operations in Loudoun County, Virginia.

He is a member and past President of the Historical Society of Herndon.  He is also a member and past President of the Manassas Warrenton Camera Club.

 

Steve Sherman:  Steve Sherman was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Arlington, Virginia.  He has lived in Northern Virginia for over 60 years and graduated from Wakefield High School and attended Morris Harvey College in Charleston, West Virginia and Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia where he majored in Accounting and History.  He is the President/Broker of Sherman Properties, Inc. located in Franconia and has been in the real estate business for the past 40 years.  Since 1984, he has owned the historic “Five Oaks Estates” manor house built in 1910 off Blake Lane in Fairfax County. 

Steve is currently on the Board of Directors of Celebrate Fairfax and has also served on the Board of Directors of the Franconia Museum for the last six years and currently serves as the President of the Museum.  He has been appointed by the County Supervisor as the Commissioner representing Lee District on the Fairfax County History Commission and also serves as the Secretary for the History Commission.