Concord’s Dan Moore Talks About the Importance of Honesty and Integrity

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 28 2004

Concord’s Dan Moore Talks About the Importance of Honesty and Integrity

Athens, W.Va. – “My father was a coal miner and my mother was a housewife. They taught me honesty and integrity. My father had a wife and five children to feed, and the coalmines did not provide steady employment, so he installed coal furnaces and cleaned furnaces and chimneys to earn extra money. My father was a great entrepreneur even though he did not necessarily know the meaning of the word,” stated Dan Moore, in his speech to approximately 200 Concord students, faculty, staff and guests in the Main Auditorium of the Alexander Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, April 28. The lecture was at 1 p.m.

“I believe that you are successful if you are happy in your chosen employment,” he said. Speaking about trustworthiness, he emphasized, “Your word is your bond.”

Dan Moore, class of 1962, was the featured speaker for the Concord College Alumni Association’s “Distinguished Alumni Series.” He was the ninth speaker to share his wit and wisdom with an audience at Concord, and is the first Concord College alumnus to vie for governor in West Virginia. His wife, Betty Jo '61, was also honored. The couple resides in Charleston, W.Va.

For nearly 20 years, Moore served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Matewan Bancshares, a multi-state West Virginia bank. He was a partner in a successful building supplies company, and he and his wife, Betty Jo, are the owners of the Moore Auto Group, which consists of five auto dealerships across West Virginia and Kentucky.

Moore was West Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year in 1991 and was inducted into the Marshall University Business Hall of Fame in 1997. He also served as chairman of the West Virginia Bankers Association and has served on the board of directors of the West Virginia Business Roundtable.

His strong belief in the need for high-quality education for the young people of the Mountain State led him to serve the state’s educational institutions as a member of the Marshall University Board of Governors and as a member of the West Virginia University Foundation Board of Directors.

Speaking about education, Moore said that he continued to look for opportunities to further his own education after graduating from Concord. His continued education and focus on networking with other professionals gave him the self-confidence to launch public companies. He credited Concord with providing him with leadership opportunities. While at the College, he was president of the “Student Government Association” and his fraternity.

Moore also talked about the importance of becoming involved in the political process. “A campaign is about you hearing the views of a candidate and supporting the one that you want,” he said. “I am so concerned about voter apathy. Only 20 percent to 30 percent of our registered voters are expected to vote. This is a shame. It will be difficult for our state to grow if we do not get involved. Apathy is a danger to our democracy.

“I am running for governor, and West Virginia needs the leadership of an experienced chief executive,” he also stated.

Moore, who did not focus on his bid for the Governor’s Mansion in his speech, answered questions from students in the audience after his lecture.

“We are delighted and proud that Dan Moore has returned home to Concord as a distinguished alumnus,” stated Concord President Jerry Beasley, in his introduction of Moore. “Moore believes that we need to encourage more entrepreneurship and he believes that coal is an important part of our economy. His wife, Betty Jo helped raise scholarship funds that some of you in the audience may be receiving.”

Concord College Alumni Association President, Dr. Beryle Santon, presented Mr. Moore with a “Concord College” shirt as a thank you after the presentation.

For more information contact Director of Alumni Affairs, Kati Whittaker, by calling 1-304-384-5348 or e-mailing


PHOTO: Concord Alumni Association President, Dr. Beryle Santon, presents a shirt to Dan Moore, thanking him for his participation in the “Distinguished Alumni Series” of speeches.