William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962, and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984. he has been a management consultant and leader for almost 25 years, specializing in the human impact to change. Whether this change is as simple as the introduction of new technology into an organization or as complex as a major restructuring of a company's operations, the way people work and interact with each other is impacted. For a change to succeed, people have to be prepared for that change. This has been the focus for most of his professional career. He has worked for companies and with clients across the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom. He has lived in Alabama, Michigan, Texas, Connecticut, and Florida.
He has helped start a number of non-profit corporations, and hold officer and director positions in several cultural and historic organizations. He is a Civil War Reenactor and is heavily involved with battlefield and historic site preservation.
He currently resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife. He has two children: his daughter, who is about to finish college and go into the US Marines as an officer, and his son, who recently graduated high school and went into the US Marines as an infantryman.
William Speir is a published author of several articles and papers on leadership and the human impact to change. In addition, he has published eight textbooks on the types, nomenclature, capabilities and deployment of field artillery in the 19th century. He teaches artillery safety to Civil War Reenactors as part of the Instructor Cadre of the Loyal Train of Artillery Chapter of the United States Field Artillery Association Artillery Schools.