Jan 3, 2019

NBAA recently presented its prestigious Silk Scarf Award to Greg Evans, chairman of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., and former chair of what is today known as NBAA’s Advisory Council. Evans has long been considered an effective advocate for business aviation in the U.S. and around the world.

The NBAA Silk Scarf Award is given to individuals for special contributions to the business aviation community, including contributions to organizations in recipients’ local communities.

“Over many years, Greg has generously donated his resources, time, finances, and even his aircraft to support those in need,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “He is always willing to step up, and lend a hand to help others. He embodies what the Silk Scarf Award is all about, and it is a privilege to recognize him with this honor.”

Bolen noted that Evans was instrumental in the work of a broad, diverse coalition that successfully defeated recent legislation calling for so-called privatization of air traffic control. He has also been a strong supporter of NBAA’s political action committee and Leadership Council.

He has donated Universal’s business aircraft to assist the Corporate Angel Network, Impact a Hero, Operation Mend and other non-profit organizations. In 2010, Universal received Gulfstream’s prestigious Outstanding Flight Award for donating the use of its aircraft to transport severely wounded veterans to special events in their honor.

Evans has been with Universal since 1978. He served as flight supervisor for two years and vice president, operations officer for 18 years. He is active in his local community, supporting organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He also supports his alma mater, the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, where he graduated with a double major in business administration and behavioral marketing.

About the Award

In an effort to honor outstanding business aviation community members and inspire future aviators, the NBAA Silk Scarf Award is given to individuals for special contributions to the business aviation community during their careers.

Learn more and view past Silk Scarf Award recipients.