Our History

Axley & Rode was founded in 1949 by Branch L. Axley and Carl F. Rode. What started as one downtown Lufkin office has become a firm with four locations, thirteen partners, and over ninety-five personnel, including twenty-three CPAs. As we've grown, we opened additional offices in Nacogdoches, Jasper, and Livingston, Texas.

We have a long tradition of proudly serving East Texas businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, and individuals in various industries across the United States and other countries by providing a range of accounting, tax, audit, and consulting services.

Axley & Rode began this firm with the idea that they wanted to be more than their client's accountant. The pair built the business on customer-focused, relationship-oriented services, building partnerships beneficial to both parties. Over seventy years later, that guiding principle still stands.

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Our mission is to help people discover their needs and achieve their goals through unparalleled service and experience that matters. We are here to help by providing the experienced accounting services our clients need, so they can focus on what they do best.

Axley & Rode advises our clients based on our thorough knowledge of accounting standards and tax law, taking into consideration their organization, industry, and unique situation.

Because our partners are committed to being active in every engagement, we create a client relationship built on integrity, trust, proactive advice, and timely response to our clients' needs.

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Core Values

Axley & Rode's core values guide us to help our clients while building strong relationships with team members, clients, and our communities. By valuing these relationships, we have created a thriving firm.

Our core values are:

  • Integrity - We seek to act ethically and do the right thing for our stakeholders. We hold ourselves accountable for our words, decisions, and actions.
  • Growth - We encourage our team to develop the technical and leadership skills to deliver unparalleled service. We offer educational support to clients, our community, and fellow professionals.
  • Kindness and Compassion - We support the development of beneficial relationships by understanding the needs of our team members, clients, and communities and treating others with respect.
  • Innovation -  We look at challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives and seek creative solutions to complex problems. We nurture intellectual curiosity to improve our processes.

Since we believe that public accounting is about helping people, we act as your strategic partner, getting to know you and your goals and enabling you to focus on what you do best.

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