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Meet the GCE

Derrian Moye serves as Group Chief Executive of Hattiesburg Management Group, leading the firm and its subsidiaries.

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"A humanitarian, a champion of what's right, and an inspiration who's had to overcome many hard times and rough circumstances." - Professor William Scott, Morehouse College

"An achiever, someone who is committed to getting things done whose greatest achievement is his involvement in our community. Intellectually, one of the smartest young men I know." - Mayor Johnny DuPree Ph.D, City of Hattiesburg, MS

"As one of his biggest fans, I think Derrian is perhaps one of the most talented and smartest people in the City of Hattiesburg." - Vice President Emeritus Eddie Holloway Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

"I've known the CEO of this company for many years and found him to be a hardworking community involved individual whose work in the community is impeccable." District 2 Supervisor Sharon Thompson, Forrest County Board of Supervisors

Background

Born to a historic family, Derrian’s great great grandfather, Lawrence Moye, owned the first African American restaurant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi called the Cloverleaf. His great uncle, Harold Moye, was the first African American mail courier (mailman) in Hattiesburg. His grandfather, Marshal Cox, was signed to the New Orleans Saints. Derrian’s uncle, Jeffery Mays, is an Olympic Winning Boxing Coach.

Raised in abject poverty by his single mother in downtown Hattiesburg in what's known as the "projects", Briarfield Apartments, Derrian succumbed to statistics of being incarcerated at 18 for a non-violent non-sexual offense and was sentenced to the infamous Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, "the most dangerous prison in America," so dangerous that Federal District Court Judge Carlton Reeves described it as, "a picture of such horror as should be unrealized anywhere in the civilized world."

 

Somehow surviving what the United States Justice Department described as, "the worst sexual misconduct that we have seen in any facility anywhere in the nation," Derrian would experience yet another tragedy, the death of his mom. She was only 39 years old. As the oldest sibling, Derrian stepped up receiving custody, keeping the family together, as they finished school.

Education

Derrian has studied the art of business from multiple collegiate institutions, being an alum of William Carey University, then accepted into the #1 men's college in the country, Morehouse College, becoming a Morehouse Man, and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi acclaimed Small Business Development Center program, a partnership with the United States Small Business Administration, supported by the university's College of Business and Economic Development & The National Trent Lott Center. 

Accomplishments, Records & Milestones

Derrian has been blessed to work with some of the biggest names in business, politics, entertainment, and community. He's successfully managed, coordinated, and organized some of the biggest events, projects, and campaigns in the Hattiesburg Metropolitan Area.

Derrian, representing Hattiesburg Management Group, served as Chief Campaign Manager of Senator Juan Barnett, considered one of the most powerful African Americans in Mississippi, 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 successfully created the #1 ranked annual job fair in the Hattiesburg Metro Area, The Annual Summer Job Fair, becoming the biggest job fair recorded in Hattiesburg, Mississippi's history. 

Derrian successfully organized a disaster relief effort with over 5,000 volunteers from around the world feeding over 3,500 meals a day after a deadly EF3 tornado destroyed parts of the community stretching for miles, creating the biggest community disaster relief effort ever recorded in Hattiesburg, MS.

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 Defense Robert Gates, United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and President of the United States Gerald Ford. 

 

Upon visiting the Mississippi State Capitol, Derrian was recognized as a 'Friend of the State' with a standing ovation in the Senate Chambers.

Committees & Boards

Derrian has had the pleasure and honor of serving on multiple boards and committees including the Boy Scouts of America, VUM Healthcare, Juneteenth, and serving as the distinct Chairman of the Black History Celebrations Executive Committee, overseeing majority of the major African American events.

Philanthropy

From donating thousands of dollars to the local school district to sponsoring a local middle school football's season, Derrian is known for giving back to the community.  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.

 

Every year on Valentine's Day, he spends time  with the elderly in the nursing homes who haven't had visitors in years with surprise "date dinners" during the evening, then with single mothers & their kids at night, most of whom are living in poverty. 

Activism

Referred to as a local celebrity by local media, 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. Earlier in the year, Derrian met with Forrest County Coroner after weeks of protest by local churches and groups accusing the coroner of racist remarks and getting the coroner to publicly apologize, something not even the Forrest County Board of Supervisors could do. Derrian then greeted protested who were excited to meet him and thanked them for expressing their voices, effectively ending the protest, as he stated it was time for the community to move on.

In 2022, after a series of deadly events in which a 6 year old was killed, Derrian stood comforting the 6 year old's family in a pre-recorded video asking the city to come together and give the baby a hero's farewell, which ended the spree of violence. Buried in a spider man casket, the 6 year old was given just that as police shut down traffic standing at attention as the body of the 6 year old passed by. As a final salute, his body was driven under the American flag that was flown by the local fire department. Using his social media platform to both share the 6 year old's story and live stream his funeral, combined viewership reached almost 100k. 

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Contact

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

601.861.5800