San Diego Business Journal

Executive Profile: Vernon Evans

By Steve Adamek Monday, March 19, 2012

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Vernon Evans

RESUME

Name: Vernon D. Evans.

Organization: San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Titles: Vice president, finance/treasurer and CFO.

No. of employees: 360.

Year founded: 2003.

Mission: Provide air transportation services to the region with safe, effective facilities that exceed our customers’ expectations. Operate San Diego’s air transportation gateways in a manner that promotes the region’s prosperity and protects its quality of life.

Education: Master’s degree in accounting, North Texas State University, May 1972.

Birthplace: Fort Worth.

Age: 61.

Current residence: Mission Valley.

Family: Wife, Debbara Evans; son, Victor Evans; daughters, Vinikka McCoy, Vernessa Bowie, Shadetra Johnson.

In March 2003, Vernon Evans joined the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority as the vice president, finance/treasurer and CFO. Prior to coming to San Diego, Evans was the executive vice president of finance and CFO of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority was established by state law in 2003 to operate the San Diego International Airport and address the region’s long-term air transportation needs. A 12-member appointed board representing all areas of the county governs the board. San Diego International Airport — funded through user fees, not local taxes — is the nation’s busiest single runway commercial service airport; it served some 16.9 million passengers in fiscal year 2011.

PROFESSIONAL PHILOSOPHY

Essential professional philosophy: Hire quality people and let them do their job.

Best way to keep a competitive edge: Stay abreast of changing times.

Guiding principles: Integrity, confidence and collaboration.

Yardsticks of success: Seeing individuals that I have mentored being successful.

Goals yet to be achieved: Retiring and ensuring that a top-notch person replaces me.

JUDGMENT CALLS

Best professional decision: Moving from Fort Worth to San Diego.

Worst professional decision: Promoting an individual when he was not ready.

Toughest professional decision: Firing a friend.

Mentor: My uncle Vernon Bates.

Word that describes you: Motivator.

TRUE CONFESSIONS

What you like best about your job: Working with quality professionals who like to get things done.

What you like least about your job: Dealing with politics.

Pet peeves: Dealing with naysayers.

Most important lesson learned: Treat people like you want to be treated.

Person most interested in meeting: President Barack Obama: I admire the way that he has stepped up to take on the challenges of the world.

Three greatest passions: Family, church, work.

First choice for a new career: Doctor or a professor.

PREDILECTIONS

Favorite quote: “Success is a journey, not a destination” — Ben Sweetland.

Most influential book: Bible/various individuals.

Favorite status symbol: Nike “Just Do It.”

Favorite restaurant: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

Favorite place for business meetings: Tuskegee Airmen Conference Room in the Commuter Terminal.

Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii.

Favorite way to spend time: Spending time traveling with my family.