Joe and Terri Moye graduated from Florida State in 1983. The launch of their careers and ultimately several businesses often had the family on the move as they lived in Jacksonville, Tampa, Houston, Charlotte, Philadelphia and now Atlanta. But their hearts have always remained close to FSU.
“We are all rabid fans,” Joe Moye said. “We’ve got four children, none of which actually went to Florida State but all of which remain incredible Florida State fans today. My career took me around the country. What was so cool about that experience is you just would find these random places that had big booster gatherings and fan gatherings for the football games. We were able to not only enjoy the times we lived around Tallahassee and getting back for games but also having the experience of connecting with people all around the country that were Seminole fans.”
The Moyes make frequent trips back to Tallahassee on football weekends but have also enjoyed following the basketball and baseball teams when they play at Georgia Tech. Earlier this year they joined a small group of FSU fans who were able to meet in Atlanta with coach Mike Norvell, offensive line coach Alex Atkins and others from Seminole Boosters, Inc.
Moye said he felt the “right direction, the right leadership, the right approach” in conversations that night. Norvell’s message resonated with Moye.
“He was captivating, passionate, we believed everything he was saying,” Moye said. “And hearing his story and background and how that’s going to relate to these kids he’s recruiting. It was just fascinating to learn more about him but to see how that has created who he is today.”
The Moyes agreed to make a $250,000 commitment toward FSU’s football operations building. They saw the need for an upgrade to the football team’s facilities but also understood how it would help other sports with a shared dining hall and academic support space.
“Everything becomes football-centric but it is the engine,” Moye said. “What we liked in particular about this program, was the way they approached it by also upgrading the dining facilities and the other facilities that enable the other sports. So we kind of viewed this as a much more encompassing campaign, which I think was important.”
“Joe and Terri have supported FSU athletics for years, and now they stepped up to help enhance the student-athlete experience with this football facility gift,” said Michael Alford, CEO of Seminole Boosters, Inc. “They care about helping our student-athletes achieve their academic and athletic goals, and we greatly appreciate their passion and commitment to this project. They are great Seminoles.”
Moye can see the vision for the future of FSU football. And there are some parallels to his profession as he also is shaping the future of how many Floridians get around town. Moye is the CEO of Beep, which has developed electric, multi-passenger autonomous vehicles that are in place in Lake Nona, just southeast of Orlando.
“We service two of the major medical centers there, the VA Medical Center and the Nemours Children’s Hospital,” Moye said. “We just started a route with the University of Central Florida. We connect the retail Town Center areas to some of the remote residential areas. The services available in that 18-square mile community is really an awesome experience. And they very much push the envelope on technology and innovation. We’ve got eight of these units deployed, servicing five routes across that area, really connecting people and in places they want to be in these one- to two-mile routes.”
While Beep operates at low speeds, Moye has the company on a fast track. Beep launched recently in Yellowstone National Park with projects in the works in Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Port St. Lucie. In the future, he sees Tallahassee as a “great example” of what can be done to use a shuttle to connect downtown businesses as well as FSU’s campus.
Wherever the Moyes have gone in the country, their travels haven’t taken their minds far from Tallahassee. Moye has also endowed money to the entrepreneur program at the Jim Moran Institute within the business school in his father’s name, William Moye, and the recent pledge shows their commitment to the future of FSU athletics.
“It’s been a tremendous experience being a Nole and an important part of our life,” Moye said. “And certainly the opportunity to give back is something we’re proud of.”