At age 11, he began working in the fields of his family’s 450-acre farming operation, hoeing cotton alongside his father and uncles.
While not in the fields, Moore worked at the family’s Shell Gas Station washing cars and pumping gas.
The work in and of itself was a teachable moment that molded Moore into the man he is today.
With each swing of the hoe, he learned to “make every lick count,” and as he walked along hoeing the rows of the fields, he learned to take things at a steady pace and never quit.
“That has done more to shape my life more than anything else,” Moore said. “When you work hard, you develop a work ethic.”
The manual work also convinced Moore of the importance of something else – a college education.
“Years later my father told me, ‘We were determined to work you to death so you would go to college,” Moore said.
Moore said it worked.
The 1974 Cass High School graduate went on to earn a degree from Berry College and throughout the last 30-plus years has amassed an impressive resume in banking.
Moore, who currently works as a community banking executive for Georgia Bank & Trust, will take the reigns as chairman of the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce when the gavel is passed during the annual meeting Saturday.
Moore lives in Cartersville with his wife, Carolyn, who works at the Bartow Family Resource Center, and daughter Hannah, who is a freshman at Cartersville High School.
He said he has “big shoes to fill” when he replaces current chairman Bruce Thompson.
“He’s been a great leader and has done and excellent job,” Moore said.
Thompson said he is confident in Moore’s ability to move the Chamber forward.
“I have complete confidence that Wayne Moore will build upon the momentum we have enjoyed this year,” Thompson said. “Wayne is an experienced leader in our community, and his strong relationships with the business community will serve the Chamber well in 2013.”
Moore said his plans for the chamber include helping efforts to bring jobs to Bartow County, work towards having a quarterly business luncheon, become more involved in the Atlanta Steeplechase at Kingston Downs and start on much needed repairs and renovations to the chamber offices.
Moore said the key to his success is not only in his abilities but those around him.
“It’s about surrounding yourself with good people,” Moore said. “I’m just so fortunate to have a great Chamber staff and Board of Directors. Collectively, we will work hard to better the community.”