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Firm History

Founded in 1991 with roots going back to the 1960's.

In 1991, Earl Maxwell, Tom Locke and Mark Ritter sat down at Cisco’s restaurant and wrote out a business plan on a napkin.  That business plan was the start of what has become the largest local accounting firm in Central Texas, Maxwell Locke & Ritter.  Our founding partners believed that we should focus on three things: our clients, our people and the community. They created a philosophy and mission based on core values that remain the basis of our unique culture today.

Earl Maxwell

Earl Maxwell leveraged his innovative and non­traditional approach and experience to author Service Prosperity and Sanity – Positioning the Professional Service Firm for the Future and develop a unique firm dedicated to serving people. His legacy remains our firm’s philosophy: “We care for our clients and we care for each other.”  Earl’s focus on family, community and business resulted in establishing a family­friendly workplace, a successful partnership with his wife in raising two sons and a second career after his retirement in 2007 as the CEO of St. David’s Community Health Foundation.

Tom Locke

Tom Locke sought to create and preserve wealth in a framework that supports a family’s values and enhances its opportunities. By presenting complicated financial information in an understandable way, Tom helped successful entrepreneurs pass their businesses on to succeeding generations, grow through mergers and offer securities to the public.  Tom’s biblical leadership at home influenced his support of our firm’s initiatives—family first, foster spiritual development and ethical expression in the workplace. He believes, “Maxwell Locke & Ritter’s core values, the essence being our responsibilities to God and each other, center on what is truly important and enduring.”

Mark Ritter

Mark Ritter practiced public accounting in Central Texas for more than 40 years until his passing in 2008. An Austin native, Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from St. Edward’s University in 1959, while serving with the Texas National Guard during the Cuban missile crisis.  A trusted advisor and friend, Mark dedicated himself to the Austin community, serving many organizations. His memberships included The Headliners Club, Rotary Club of Austin, and the Texas Society of CPAs. Informal memberships included his runner’s club, airplane pilots club, and hunting and fishing circles.

Accolades

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  • 1993

    Quality Supplier Service Award from Austin White Lime Company

  • 1995

    Austin Partners in Education Hall of Fame

  • 1996

    F.E.M.A.L.E. – Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge Family Friendly Business Award

    Austin Partners in Education Employers Support Parenting Award

  • 1997

    Austin Chapter of Texas Society of CPAs – Firm Special Recognition

  • 1998

    Austin Chapter of Texas Society of CPAs – Firm Special Recognition

  • 1999

    Austin Software Council – The Connector Award

  • 2000

    Texas Society of CPAs Lone Star Pathfinder Award

    Austin Chapter of Texas Society of CPAs—President’s Award

  • 2001

    Quality Supplier Service Award from Austin White Lime Company

    Fund for Childcare Excellence – Family Friendly Business Designation—Platinum Award

    Austin Mayor and City Council – Distinguished Service Award

  • 2002

    Fund for Childcare Excellence – Family Friendly Business Designation—Platinum Award

    Samaritan Center – Ethics in Business Award

  • 2003

    Quality Supplier Service Award from Austin White Lime Company

    Fund for Childcare Excellence – Family Friendly Business Designation—Gold Award

  • 2004

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

    Ballet Austin Corporate Balletomane Award

  • 2005

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

  • 2006

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

    The Arts Education League of Austin Lyric Opera’s Perfect 10 Award

  • 2007

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

    Austin Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes—Employer/Business Leader

  • 2008

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

    Austin Independent School District—Austin Works: Recognition for contributing to the success of students by being a supported employer

    Quality Supplier Service Award from Austin White Lime Company

    San Juan Diego Catholic High School Recognition

  • 2009

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

    Profiles in Power and Women of Influence Award—Awarded to Stuart Vick Smith as an “Industry Standout”

    Austin Under 40 Award—Awarded to Kyle Parks in the “Business and Entrepreneurship” category

  • 2010

    INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firm

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

  • 2011

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

    Ethics in Business Award from the Samaritan Counseling Center—Business Category

  • 2012

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

    Austin Chamber of Commerce Greater Austin Business Awards—Community Relations winner in the Medium Division

  • 2013

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms To Work For

    INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firm

    INSIDE Public Accounting All Star Firms

    Austin Business Journal’s Best Places to Work

  • 2014

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms To Work For

    INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firm

    INSIDE Public Accounting Top 200 Firms

    American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Workplace – Gold Award

  • 2015

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms To Work For

    Accounting Today’s Top 100 Regional Firms

    INSIDE Public Accounting Best of the Best Firm

    INSIDE Public Accounting Top 200 Firms

    American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Workplace – Gold Award

  • 2016

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For

    Accounting Today’s Top 100 Regional Firms

    Austin Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers in Central Texas

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Best of the Best Firms

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s 200 Fastest Growing Firms

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 200 Firms

    American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Workplace – Gold Award

  • 2017

    Accounting Today’s Best Firms to Work For

    Accounting Today’s Beyond the Top 100:  Firms to Watch

    Accounting Today’s Top 100 Regional Leaders

    American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Workplace – Gold Award

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Best of the Best Firms

    INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 200 Firms