William Avery, President

Bill Avery founded his successful management consulting firm in 1981. He has directed William Avery & Associates in service as a Labor Relations and Executive Search consultancy, serving personally as a chief negotiator, trainer, and representative in grievance and disciplinary matters.

A specialist and widely recognized expert in employer-employee relations, he has served as a City Manager (Los Gatos) and Assistant City Manager. While City Manager, he was President of the Santa Clara County City Manager’s Association and Chair of the County Employee Relations Service.

Bill has lectured at De Anza College, San Jose State University, and Stanford University, and regularly makes presentations for the League of California Cities, CALPELRA, and other public sector organizations.

Building on his personal track record of success, he expanded the firm’s focus to include increased emphasis on not-for-profit and private sector search. He added proven industry professionals with expertise in these areas. The result has been to create an exceptionally strong management consulting firm, now known as Avery Associates, with the expertise to provide the full range of services required for successful public or private sector executive search.

A key measure of the firm’s success has been the many long-term relationships that he and his staff have established with clients.

Bill holds B.A. in Political Science and an M.P.A. from San Jose State University, where he was graduated with highest honors.

I was very careful in building my firm. I defined my direction and needs, then took my time to fill those needs with experts who complement my skills and expand what we can do for clients… I’m extremely proud of our team.

— William Avery, President