Business Leader of the Year

Cliff and Rob Everts are 2018 Business Leaders of the Year!

They were honored at a dinner and award ceremony on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

To view photos and video from the event, click the links below:

Thank you for your support of the 2018 UAF Business Leader of the Year. Thanks to the generosity of donors, sponsors, and attendees, a record number of donors raised more than $92,000 in support of SOM student organizations, development and scholarships. If you were not able to attend, but would still like to support SOM students, you can do so here. To use your cell phone to give, please text BLOY to 41444, and enter the amount and your name(s).

Recipients of the award are selected by a committee of UAF School of Management students, faculty, advisory board members and former recipients based on merits of leadership, business accomplishments, community involvement and educational support. See a list of all the previous recipients of the award.

Cliff & Rob Everts

Cliff Everts was born in Yonkers, New York to parents who had both emigrated from Germany to New York. Cliff traveled to Anchorage, Alaska in 1943 to work for Alaska Star Airlines (now Alaska Airlines). Soon after, he moved to Fairbanks and worked for Wien Airlines for 35 years. In 1980, he founded his own enterprise, Everts Air Fuel. Sadly, Cliff recently passed away on Dec. 7 at the age of 95. However, his nomination for this honor was already underway at that time and the Everts family has agreed to accept the award as a memorial for him.

Rob Everts followed his father Cliff into the aviation business, working for the family businesses while growing up and learning to fly at the age of 14. He earned a BS in Aeronautical Science and became Vice President of Everts Air Fuel in 1982. In 1993, he purchased Tatonduk Outfitters Limited, a Fairbanks based air carrier providing scheduled services to interior Alaskan villages, and expanded it to include large aircraft operations. Rob has continued expanding the business over the years, which now does business as Everts Air Cargo and Everts Air Alaska flying in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean Islands.


The Everts' Full Bio

Ticket Sales

Ticket sales for this event benefit School of Management Student Organizations and Scholarships.

You may still make a donation to the UAF School of Management.

For questions, contact Tammy Tragis-McCook at (907) 474-7042 or

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