Robert W. “Bill” Maxwell Jr. is chairman of the board of Suemaur Exploration & Production LLC, a private, independent oil and gas company headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas. He began his career as a petroleum geologist with Chevron in Lafayette, Louisiana, in 1971. In 1973 he moved to Corpus Christi, where he was employed as an area exploration geologist with Texas Oil & Gas Corp. He joined Harkins & Company in 1975 and subsequently became Vice President of Exploration in 1981; he remained with the company until its sale to Suemaur in 1990.
Bill attended Florida State University from 1964 to 1971, receiving a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1969 and a master’s degree in geology in 1973. He was awarded the “Graduate of Distinction” honor by the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State in 2010. In 2014, he was recognized as a Laureate and inducted into the Coastal Bend of Texas Hall of Fame. He is married to Mary Elizabeth Beck Maxwell, who is also a graduate of FSU, having received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in special education in 1971. Bill and Marybeth maintain residences in Corpus Christi and Angel Fire, New Mexico.