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Meet the GCE

Derrian Moye serves as Group Chief Executive of Hattiesburg Management Group, leading the firm and its subsidiaries to unprecedented success, as well as expansion into branches across multiple states. 

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Background

Derrian is the nephew of Olympic winning coach, Jeffrey Mays and nephew of Hattiesburg's first African American mailman, Harold Moye Jr. He's the great grandson of Lawrence Moye, one of the first African American's to own a restaurant in Hattiesburg, MS.

According to industry standards, Derrian is considered an 'influencer', having amassed over 10k followers on social media. According to local media, because of the interest his name generates, his large following, overcrowded events he draws, as well as his influence and popularity, he's classified & often referred to as a 'local celebrity'. He is also a verified Spotify and Youtube recording artist.

 

A graduate of Hattiesburg High School, Derrian, 1st chair tuba player,  was section leader of the marching band, student assistant to the late principal, Dr. Yvonne Bryant, and was voted 3 years in a row as President of Sigma Beta. He graduated with distinction as a Mississippi Scholar.

Education

Joining the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Spike Lee, & Samuel L. Jackson as a 'Man of Morehouse', Derrian has studied the art of business from multiple collegiate institutions, such as being an alum of the private Christian college, William Carey University, then accepted into the world renown HBCU, the prestigious Morehouse College and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi acclaimed Small Business Development Center program, a partnership with the United Sates Small Business Administration, supported by the university's College of Business and Economic Development & The National Trent Lott Center. 

Accomplishments

Derrian, representing Hattiesburg Management Group, served as Chief Campaign Manager of Senator Juan Barnett successful re-election campaign. He also assisted with the successful historic election of Judge Carol Jones Russell, becoming the first woman and African American ever to be elected in a county wide position in Forrest County.

Derrian has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of Southern Mississippi and was humbled to serve as a collegiate commencement speaker, a role he considers an honor of a lifetime.

Awards & Honors

Speaking of lifetime honors, Derrian has been bestowed several awards and honors. The University of Southern Mississippi conferred the highly distinguished Lifetime Achievement Honor of Hometown Hero upon Derrian on Saturday, February 17, 2017.

Out of 110 million Americans, Derrian joins only 2% in which the Boy Scouts of America confers its highest lifetime achievement honor, Eagle Scout, The Scouting Institute highest rank, joining Oscar Winning Director Steven Spielberg, Astronauts Neil Armstrong & James Lovell, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo West, United States Secretary of Defends Robert Gates, United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and President of the United States Gerald Ford. 

Committees & Boards

Derrian has had the pleasure and honor of serving on multiple boards and committees including the Boy Scouts of America and serving as the distinct Chairman of the Black History Celebrations Executive Committee.

Philanthropy

Derrian is known for giving back to the community at times when its needed the most. When the City of Jackson, Mississippi's State Capitol, was without water, Derrian donated tens of 1,000's of bottles of water to help the city's poorest communities. When kids from a local middle school needed food before their football game, he fed the kids for the whole season.

Activism

Derrian hasn't been shy to use his star influence to stand up for what he believes in especially when it hurts others.

In 2019 after a fight broke out at the Hattiesburg Fire Department, Derrian used his influence to bring attention to the federal hate crime of a ranking officer refusing to obey his chief's order to stop displaying a hanging noose in his city locker, which later became a national news story that led the officer to resign.

In 2020, Derrian brought the city together of all races by creating one of the biggest marches in the history of Mississippi, the Mississippi March and simultaneously led 1,000's of people from 2 opposite sides of the city coming together in Downtown Hattiesburg, becoming the largest march in the city's history, surpassing the April 8, 1968 march in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, 4 days after he was murdered. The Mississippi march included several dignitaries including Toby Barker, the city's current mayor, and Dr. Johnny DuPree, the city's longest serving mayor and first African American Mayor. 

In 2021, still suffering after being hospitalized from breathing complications, a result of being diagnosed with severe Covid, he used his influence to advocate getting vaccinated to save lives. He appeared live with the state's top doctor, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, head of the Mississippi Department of Health, encouraging young people to become vaccinated. 

Records & Milestones

In 2017, after the deadly EF3 tornado destroyed some of the poorest communities in Hattiesburg, Derrian organized the biggest community disaster relief effort in the city's history, with 5,000 volunteers from around the world, serving 3,500 meals a day, issuing out 1,000's of emergencies supplies, food, clothing, & temporary repairing 100's of homes & businesses. 

In 2018, after the murder of Mark Gould, as a way to grieve, Derrian created the annual Summer Job Fair, in hopes of preventing more crime in poverty stricken communities by offering economic opportunities through job employment, becoming the biggest job fair in the Hattiesburg's history, as 1,000's waited outside to attend.

Contact

You can reach the Office of the Group Chief Executive via email or via phone.

601.861.5800