Q and A with Moses L. Harvin
SPACECOAST BUSINESS MAGAZINE, September 7, 2010
President & CEO, American Services Technology, Inc.
Moses L. Harvin (57) is an 18-year resident of Brevard County. He and his wife Emma, president of One Source Office Products, have been married 37 years and have three children and nine grandchildren. In 1995, he started American Services Technology, Inc., a facilities support services and logistics firm serving clients like the Air Force, Department of Energy, Patrick Air Force Base and others. Since then, he has received numerous awards including Entrepreneur of the Year from both the Founders Forum and Ernst & Young.
What led you to become an entrepreneur?
I always aspired to open a true corporation. Growing up in South Carolina, my mother owned a beauty salon so I got my entrepreneurial sprit from my mother.
Who was your mentor and what did he/she teach you?
Jake and Joyce Dixon, former president and chief executive office of Creative Management Technology, Inc. were our mentors. They helped us understand the business portion of the corporation. The military portion of services I understood very well.
Favorite quote: “The steps of a good man is ordered by the Lord”
How did it feel to be recognized by Ernst & Young as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award? Great! It was a surprise to Emma and me to win the Florida category and move on to Palm Springs, CA for the Nationals. We said, ‘Let’s go, we’ve never been out there before.’ The event was wonderful, like the Academy Awards with all the cameras. We met great companies and business leaders with great technologies and business policies including [real estate developer/entrepreneur] Steve Wynn.
What advice would you give to entrepreneurs who are starting out? Find a mentor to assist in your business development process.
#233 American Services Technology, Inc.
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CEO Moses L. Harvin says that 20 years of military service taught him to speak “the language” of the Federal Government. This ability helps him fuel the success of ASTI, a provider of logistics, base operations, purchasing, records, logistics, base operations, purchasing, records, and fleet management services for organizations such as the U.S. Army, the Department of Energy, and Lockheed Martin. The company even handles pest control at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Be All You Can Be: ASTI sponsors the Boys and Men Summit, a mentorship/leadership conference for 200 males.
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