Chris M. Avery

Director Since 2015

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Dr. Chris M. Avery is Chairman and former CEO and President of James Avery Craftsman, Inc., a family-owned company founded by his father in 1954, to create finely crafted jewelry designs. Dr. Avery has served on the James Avery Craftsman, Inc. board of directors since 1989. A licensed physician and board-certified anesthesiologist, he left his profession as Chief of Anesthesia at Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital in Kerrville, Texas in 1991 to assist in the transition and direction of the family business. He became President and Chief Operating Officer in 1991 and later assumed the roles of CEO and Chairman of the Board in May 2007. Under his leadership, James Avery Craftsman, Inc., has become a national brand that designs, manufactures and sells jewelry in its own stores across the United States. Dr. Avery earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University and a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio (now the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio).

Dr. Avery is a former President of the Fredericksburg Hospital Authority board of directors and has served on the boards of Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas and Sid Peterson Hospital in Kerrville.