The entrepreneurial husband and wife duo of Moses L. and Emma L. Harvin will serve as marshals for the Claflin University Homecoming 2011 Parade, an annual tradition celebrating the many ways in which the University contributes to society, on Saturday, Nov.19.
“We are beyond thrilled to serve as the marshals for the annual Claflin University Homecoming Parade,” the couple said. “This is truly an exciting and transformational time for the University as we celebrate how far the institution has come and imagine the possibilities for its future.”
Moses Harvin, '75, is a member of the Claflin Board of Trustees and a highly decorated retired veteran with the U.S. Army. He currently serves as president and CEO of American Services Technology, Inc. (ASTI), a Rockledge, Florida-based government contracting firm that operates in seven locations. Emma Harvin serves as the vice president of ASTI and also is the president and founder of One Source Office Products, an office and technology supply company also in Rockledge.
Together, the Harvins' vision has grown ASTI to a company with a wide array of services whose clients include the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Veteran Affairs. ASTI has over 100 employees.
In addition to their acumen in the business world, the Harvins are also highly civic minded. Moses Harvin was the first African-American to be elected chairman of the Board of Directors for the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of several organizations, including: Civilian and Military Council, Brevard Community College Foundation Board of Governors, the National Contract Management Association, Florida/NASA Business Incubation Center and the United Way of Brevard County, among several others.
Emma Harvin is a youth counselor and serves as president/director of several groups at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Palm Bay, Florida. Together, they organize the Annual Boys and Men Summit of Seven Conference at Mt. Moriah where over 300 young males in the community gather for fellowship and hold professional seminars.
The couple frequently donates to several organizations in Brevard County, Florida. And they contribute annually to Claflin, where they are members of the Leadership Giving Society.
Moses Harvin holds a Master's degree from Webster University. He received his commission in the U.S. Army from South Carolina State University. During his very distinguished military career Harvin received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Medal. Emma Harvin attended the University of Kentucky and holds cosmetology and beauty consultant degrees from technical colleges in South Carolina and North Carolina.
They have been married for 38 years. Both were born and raised in Sumter, S.C and now reside in Melbourne, Fl. The Harvins have three children: Cheri, Belinda and Moses, II and nine grandchildren.
The Homecoming 2011 Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Edisto Memorial Gardens and will end on the Claflin University campus.