William R. Sayre is chairman of the board of Associated Industries of Vermont (AIV). As the trade association representing the interests of Vermont manufacturers and those whose well-being depends on manufacturers, AIV is dedicated to the proposition that free enterprise, free markets, private property, and limited government are essential to protecting the liberty and improving the life of the people of Vermont.
Mr. Sayre is a partner in The A. Johnson Co., a Bristol company that grows timber and manufactures lumber. Previously, Mr. Sayre was an economist with the Federal Reserve, where he was responsible for analysis of business conditions, business cycles, and trends in the general economy.
Mr. Sayre earned his B.A. in economics from Northwestern University, and his M.B.A. in finance and economics from the University of Chicago, where he studied under Nobel Laureates Milton Friedman, George Stigler, Gary Becker, Merton Miller, and Robert Lucas.
Mr. Sayre was invited by the Republic of Russia in 1990 to advise on forestry and farming, and on the transition from socialism and central planning to private enterprise and private ownership of property.
In 1992, Mr. Sayre was elected Chairman of the Vermont Coalition for Employment and Prosperity, which represents the interests of Vermont's seventeen largest trade associations. He represented the perspective of business on the Vermont Commission on the Future of the Justice System in 1998.
In 1995 he was a Vermont delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, where he helped craft legislative proposals on property rights protection and cost/benefit analysis of environmental regulations.
Mr. Sayre has served on the board of directors of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Farm Bureau, and Vermont Forest Products Association. He has also served on the boards of the Porter Medical Center, Bristol Rotary, and a variety of other community organizations.