Mike is a third generation native of Miami but grew up in Fort Myers. He returned to Miami to acquire his Associate’s degree from Miami-Dade Junior College. He then earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a major in finance, from the University of Miami. Since graduating from UM in 1974, Mike has lived full-time in Fort Myers. In his free time, he enjoys biking, playing the guitar, tennis, scuba diving, and traveling.
Mike began his professional work within the appraisal industry in 1974 as a staff appraiser for Southeast Mortgage Company in Miami. Later that year, he made the permanent move to Fort Myers to accept an appraiser position with W. Stanley Hanson, MAI. In 1979, Mike cofounded the appraisal firm of Calhoun & Maxwell. In 1983, W. Michael Maxwell & Associates was formed in downtown Fort Myers. That firm is now the present day Maxwell, Hendry, & Simmons, LLC. In 2003, Maxwell & Hendry Valuation Services, Inc. was organized. Mike served as the President from 2003 through 2013 when Maxwell, Hendry, & Simmons, LLC was formed. Professionally, Mike specializes in litigation related valuation work including appraisals for eminent domain, zoning matters, family law, and general civil litigation. Mike also has forensic expertise in the development and review of appraisals for industrial, vacant commercial, and owner occupied office and retail properties.
Mike holds the coveted MAI and SRA designations from the Appraisal Institute. He has served as the President of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers and the Real Estate Investment Society. In addition to his appraisal license, Mike also possesses a real estate broker license. He has served as a Special Magistrate for the Lee County Value Adjustment Board and currently serves as a State-Certified County Court Mediator for the 20th Judicial Circuit. Mike has also been a guest lecturer for several years at Florida Gulf Coast University, Lutgert College of Business. Mike is qualified as an expert witness in Florida District Court, 20th Judicial Circuit, and in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.