Director since 2015
Dr. Chris M. Avery is Chairman, President and CEO 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 U.S. 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. After an internship in orthopedic surgery, he worked as an ER physician in San Antonio and Kerrville. He completed an anesthesia residency at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio and began his anesthesia practice in Kerrville. Dr. Avery is president of the Fredericksburg Hospital Authority board of directors and has served the boards of Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, Texas and Sid Peterson Hospital in Kerrville.