C. Gregory Evans (born 1961), known to all as “Greg” is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and lifetime advocate for the business aviation industry. Since (2007) he has served as the Chairman of the Board of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., the world’s first company providing complete mission management services for business aviation.
Evans was born in the Dallas, TX area into an aviation family. His father, Tom, founded Universal Weather in 1959 - his purpose was only to meet the needs of a fledgling business aviation industry. Evans has spent his entire career, which began in 1978, with Universal and is recognized as a fierce advocate for business aviation operators’ interests. He is passionate about the industry and fighting for increased operational flexibility and access around the globe.
Evans has truly created a global community business aviation employing 1,700+ people in 30+ countries in mission management services, a network of FBOs, in-flight catering, ground transportation, and a variety of business technology solutions.
In various leadership roles with the National Business Aviation Association, Evans was instrumental in defeating legislation calling for the so-called privatization of air traffic control system by the airlines. In recognition, he was awarded the prestigious NBAA Silk Scarf Award in 2019.
For many years, Evans has generously donated his resources, time, finances, and even his aircraft to support those in need. In 2010, Universal and Evans were awarded Gulfstream’s Outstanding Flight Award for helping transport severely wounded veterans to medical appointments and events in their honor.
Evans is also a proud supporter of his alma mater, the University of St. Thomas., where he graduated with a double major in business administration and consumer behavior marketing.
He is now focused on continuing to adapt Universal to the ever-changing landscape of international aviation delivering the industry’s first solution that spans the spectrum of high-touch to high-tech. He also continues to dedicate his time to fighting the critical battles for our industry and the evolving needs of its customers. Greg is supported by his wonderful wife Claudia and is committed, with his daughters, Sarah and Catherine, to transform Universal becoming a third-generation family business.