FLORIDA TODAY, November 14, 2012
Moses Harvin, president/CEO of American Services Technology Inc. in Rockledge, is a nominee for Citizen of the Year for the VRA. / Rik Jesse/ FLORIDA TODAY
When a future U.S. Army officer is named Distinguished Military Graduate by his ROTC unit, it usually is the harbinger of great things in a military career. It was that way for Moses Harvin, and then some.
Harvin, a retired major who deployed to Grenada and Operation Desert Storm, stayed in Brevard County after retiring from his last duty station, Patrick Air Force Base, with an eye toward becoming an entrepreneur. In 1995, he founded American Services Technologies, a company that serves federal agencies.
He started to leave his mark on Brevard County from the beginning, volunteering for a large number of organizations, including Brevard Community College and the United Way.
In fact, Harvin’s effect was felt before his company’s: In 1993, he challenged young men from the Lipscomb Park community of Melbourne to enhance their personal and professional lives through interaction with experienced business and community leaders at weekend conferences. Each man was asked to bring seven with him, and so the program became the “Summit of Seven”; hundreds of men have been touched by it.
Those and many other reasons are why Harvin has been nominated as Citizen of the Year in FLORIDA TODAY’s Volunteer Recognition Awards.
“Moses Harvin has offered his time, talents and resources numerous times while working with us at United Way,” said Rob Rains, president of the organization, of which Harvin has served as a director.
Jim Richey, president of BCC, said similar things: “He has brought strong leadership to Brevard Community College as a member of the board of trustees, where he is making a significant difference in the lives of students and the entire Space Coast.”
Harvin, who was the first African-American to chair the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s board, is honored but humbled, he said.
“(Voluntarism) is a civic duty, that’s all,” he said. “We didn’t do this on our own . . . There’s always someone who has been there to help . . . All these great organizations have excellent purposes and it’s just nice to be able to help them.”
BCC Trustee Harvin Named ‘Citizen of the Year’
BREVARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEWS, November 2012
Florida Today President and Publisher Jeff Kiel, BCC Trustee & “Citizen of the Year” honoree Moses Harvin and BCC President Dr. Jim Richey
November 15, 2012 – Brevard Community College Board of Trustee Moses Harvin has been named “Citizen of the Year” by Florida Today for his work to improve the lives of Space Coast residents.
Harvin received the honor Thursday night during the newspaper’s 21st Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards at the Simpkins Fine Arts Center on the Cocoa Campus.
A decorated former Army major, Harvin is President and CEO of American Services Technology, Inc., a Rockledge company he founded that serves federal agencies including the Air Force, Army, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Energy.
In a nomination letter, BCC President Dr. Jim Richey said Harvin’s strong leadership on the board is “making a significant difference in the lives of our students and the entire Space Coast.”
“Moses has played a key role in helping guide the College through a series of major new initiatives this year that include putting it on a path to start offering four-year degrees in 2013, transforming BCC into a state college,” said Richey. “That is something that will resonate for generations to come.”
He also cited Harvin’s support for the College’s Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget that fully funded all academic programs without raising tuition, making BCC one of the few publicly funded institutions of higher education in Florida protecting students from ever-increasing costs.
In accepting the award, Harvin said to the crowd, “To volunteer our time and effort and the resources, to help our children and help our grandchildren to achieve their dreams and build a community … for them to grow is something that we all should be proud of. If I do my little part, and you do your little part, we put all these little parts together, then we can really build a wonderful, wonderful community. I really enjoy volunteering, watching the youth grow and achieving their dreams. I really enjoy helping others.”
Harvin’s other community work includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Brevard Community College Foundation, Inc., which provides scholarships to students.
He also has played an important role in programs including Summit of Seven, Blacks in Government and United Way of Brevard.
BCC Trustee Moses Harvin, second from the right, poses with other Florida Today honorees.
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