Delford M. Smith is owner and founder of Evergreen International Aviation. He began the company with the idea that aircraft could be used as angels of mercy as well as industrial workhorses. In 51 years of operation, under his active direction, Evergreen International Aviation has grown to 100 worldwide bases and more than 3,500 employees, and has worked for customers in more than 170 countries. Evergreen International Aviation has remained committed to Quality Without Compromise and maintains the highest safety and reliability record in the industry. He has a commitment to his Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum of inspiring and educating today’s youth, promoting and preserving aviation history, and honoring veterans. He formed Evergreen Humanitarian and Relief Services, Inc. to support local and international relief projects. “God gave us the gift of life, so we owe God our best performance.”