Imperial Sir Douglas E. Maxwell of Chesterfield, Mo., was re-elected Chairman of the Shriners Hospitals for Children® Board of Trustees at the 2013 Imperial Session, held in Indianapolis June 30 - July 4. In this role, he also serves as President and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. Maxwell served as Imperial Potentate of Shriners International from 2008-2009. This is his 16th year serving on the Board of Directors, and his fifth year serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Maxwell is a member of the Beacon Masonic Lodge #3 and is a 33rd degree member of the Scottish Rite and a Knight Templar in the York Rite. Maxwell became a member of Moolah Shriners in St. Louis in 1971 and served as the temple’s Potentate in 1996. In addition, he is an emeritus member of the Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis Board of Governors. As a member of the Boards of Directors, Maxwell has served as Chairman of the International Development Committee, the Buildings and Equipment Committee and the Fleming-Florence Committee. He has also served on the Investment and Planning Committees. Maxwell is also a member of the International Order of DeMolay Legion of Honor and the DeMolay Hall of Fame.
In 1969, Maxwell received his degree from the University of Kansas where he studied architectural engineering and finance. In 1975, he received his Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University. In the early ‘70s, Maxwell joined the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant. He flew the world routes of the Military Airlift Command, including missions to Europe, South America, Africa, Southeast Asia and Vietnam. He received both Vietnamese Combat Service Medals and the Air Force Commendation Medal for his distinguished service during the Vietnam War. At the end of the war in 1975, he departed the military as a captain.
In 1975, Maxwell and his father began a manufacturing company that builds checkout counter conveyors and speed reducers. Maxwell Manufacturing Co. has become the third largest constructor of these conveyors in America.
Maxwell is also a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Missouri Pilots Association. He holds a commercial pilot’s license and instructor pilot’s license. He and his wife, Patricia, were high school sweethearts and have been married for more than 40 years.