Vernon D. Evans is a retired seasoned senior executive with more than 42 years of accomplishments in a broad range of significant roles in operation management, finance accounting, audit, administration and economic development.
In March 2003, Vernon Evans joined San Diego County Regional Airport Authority as Vice President, Finance/Chief Finance Officer and Treasurer. Mr. Evans was responsible for management of the financial operations and related matters with airlines, airport tenant, city, state and federal agencies and community interest representatives. He successfully secured financing for the $2 billion capital development program.
Before going to San Diego, Mr. Evans was employed by Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) in March 1986, where he established proper financial controls and directed the airport’s internal audit activities. Mr. Evans held other positions during his tenure with the DFW Airport board, including Deputy Executive Director – Administrative Services & Chief Financial Officer, and Executive Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer. He successfully secured financing for the airport capital expansion program totaling $3 billion.
Before joining the DFW Airport, Mr. Evans was Chief Internal Auditor for the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). In this capacity, he organized the accounting and finance departments to establish proper financial controls. Prior to being employed by FWISD, he was a manager with Ernst & Whinney Certified Public Accountants (which today is Ernst & Young), where he obtained extensive experience in diverse business areas.
Mr. Evans was the first African American hired by the Forth Worth office of Ernst & Ernst in 1972 and the first African American CPA in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. In addition to being a CPA, he is also a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and Forensic Certified Public Accountant (FCPA). Vernon also received his California CPA license in June 2008.
Mr. Evans’ strong belief in “being involved” and “making a difference” is exemplified by his participation in many professional and civic programs in both Texas and California. Some of the boards Mr. Evans has served on include the Jackie Robinson YMCA of San Diego, the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the D/FW Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and he served as Chairman of the Fort Worth Economic Development Corporation. He also served on various accounting advisory boards, including the University of North Texas, Tarrant County College, Howard University and Texas Christian University.
He is a former member of the Neighborhood Housing Association Board, Financial Executives International Board, the Corporate YMCA Board, Southeastern Economic Development Corporation Board and he is the former Chair of the Treasury Oversight Committee for the San Diego County $60 billion Investment Fund.
In 1989, he founded the Association of Airport Internal Auditors and served as its president for two years. The association has grown to include 64 airports. Most recently, Mr. Evans was inducted into the American Institute of CPA’s Business and Industry Hall of Fame and was selected as the CFO of the Year by San Diego Business Journal. He was the first African American chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fort Worth Metropolitan YMCA in 1992 and 1993. Mr. Evans also served on the board of directors of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, Day Care Association and the Forth Worth McDonald YMCA. In 1999, he served on the Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority Board of Fort Worth.
Mr. Evans graduated from the University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University) with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Accounting. He and his wife, Debbara have four adult children, Victor, Vinikka, Vernessa and Shadetra. Vernon is currently a member of New Fellowship Church of Forth Worth where is a Deacon and a member of the Finance committee.