Mike Moore ’85 still fondly recalls his time as a Norfolk Academy student, the speaking, writing, and thinking skills he developed and his play on two state champion lacrosse teams, including an undefeated squad his senior year.
Moore traveled the world after graduating from the Academy. He attended college at Hampden-Sydney and worked for about eight years in south Florida, earning a master’s from the University of Miami’s Herbert Business School. He even worked in England for close to three years.
Through all that travel and the higher education degrees he gained, his love and appreciation for what he learned as a Bulldog never waned. For that reason, he happily agreed to serve as NA’s Alumni Board President, starting in 2021 and continuing through the close of the 2022-23 school year. (Merrick McCabe ’98 will begin a two-year stint at the start of next school year.)
As President, Moore helps lead board meetings and participates in fundraisers and other school activities. He also builds connections with fellow alumni, a task he particularly enjoys because it allows him to reminisce about teachers, sports, speeches, and other memories from his school days.
Moore is well suited for the position; in addition to the strong friendships he maintains with NA classmates, his three sons graduated from the school in recent years – Ridge ’18, Cole ’20, and Drew ’20.
“I wanted to give back because I wanted other students to enjoy the same things I enjoyed,” Moore said.
For almost the past 20 years, Moore has been with London & Norfolk Ltd., a commercial insurance agency based in Norfolk. He is a commercial property casualty broker, working mainly with mid-sized businesses. The agency serves business segments ranging from government contractors to healthcare to real estate to manufacturing and well beyond.
The keys to being a successful broker are responsiveness and honesty with customers, Moore said. He cultivated those traits at Norfolk Academy, where he absorbed the Honor System.
“You need to be able to analyze and think through what is right,” Moore said. “And NA really helped develop my brain.
This article appeared in the Summer 2023 edition of the Academy Magazine. Read more alumni profiles and all about the latest news from Norfolk Academy in the magazine.