William Sechrest is the Chair of the IONS Board of Directors.
He joined the Law Firm of Shartsis Friese, LLP, in the capacity "Of Counsel" on January 2, 2007. Mr. Sechrest has practiced law for forty years; most of that time being invested with the 300 law firm he founded in Dallas, Texas in 1973. During the forty years, Mr. Sechrest has represented clients and served as a consultant in a variety of matters including real estate acquisition and development; real estate finance; land use and entitlement issues; corporate, partnership, and limited liability debt offerings; equity and debt structures and restructures (including reorganizations both outside and inside bankruptcy); commercial lending; and general corporate issues for both private and publicly held organizations, including regulatory and financial issues and most recently issues involving Sarbanes Oxley. Mr. Sechrest is a member of the Board of Directors of The Men's Wearhouse, Inc., a NYSE company, and Ojai Community Bank which is also publicly traded. Mr. Sechrest chairs the Board of Directors of Vitamin Angel Alliance, a Section 501©(3) organization located in Santa Barbara, California. Mr. Sechrest is a frequent lecturer at conferences regarding currencies, markets, and monetary policy. Mr. Sechrest received his BA degree from Stanford University in Economics and his JD from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).