The Virginian-Pilot
                             THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT 
              Copyright (c) 1994, Landmark Communications, Inc.

DATE: Thursday, September 8, 1994            TAG: 9409030199
TYPE: Close-Up 
SOURCE: Vicki Lewis 
                                             LENGTH: Medium:   75 lines


Charles W. Moorman, a vice president for Norfolk Southern, is the chairman of the United Way's 1994 Norfolk campaign, which officially gets under way today with its ``Day of Caring.''

Today, about 2,000 volunteers are working on about 297 projects to enhance the quality of life in Hampton Roads. They plan to paint buildings, plant trees, sort food, serve meals, build playgrounds and more. A barbecue is planned at Mount Trashmore from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and campaign goals will be announced.

``Norfolk Southern is a strong supporter of the United Way,'' Moorman said. ``I'm very happy and enthusiastic about being involved in the organization.''

Moorman said he is very optimistic about the upcoming campaign. ``We've been having meetings with business leaders in the community and we are very positive. Our feeling is that the Norfolk economic climate is strong,'' he said, adding ``part of the reason for the optimisim is that we have a really top-flight group of volunteers working on the campaign this year.''

Assisting Moorman on the campaign are two vice chairmen, Bob Keogh of Heritage Bank and Scott Rigell of Freedom Ford.

Moorman said that both he and Norfolk Southern are long-time supporters of United Way.

``I've spent my career working for Norfolk Southern,'' he said, ``starting with one of it's predeccesor companies.

``Ever since I fell out of the cradle I've been interested in trains,'' Moorman said. ``And as an undergrad at Georgia Tech, I got a co-op job with Southern Railway.'' He subsequently graduated with a degree in civil engineering and went into the Southern Railway training program.

He has spent most of his career in Norfolk Southern's operating department at various offices around the country. He came to Norfolk in 1992 to become vice president of personnel and labor relations. Last year he was named vice president of information technology, the computer department of the railroad.

Name: Charles W. Moorman.

Nickname: Wick.

What brought you to Norfolk: Norfolk Southern (new position).

Birthplace: New Orleans, La.

Birthdate: Feb. 16, 1952.

Occupation: vice president-information technology.

Marital Status: Married.

Children: Two: Cliff, 12; Beth, 10.

Last Book Read: ``Middlemarch'' by George Eliot.

Favorite movie: ``Local Hero.''

Favorite magazine: ``Outside.''

If you could trade places for just one day with anyone in the world, who would it be and why? Most days I'd just as soon not trade.

Biggest accomplishment: Becoming a vice president at Norfolk Southern.

Most embarrassing moment: Too many and too painful to recall.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? A little more humility.

Favorite vacation spot: United Kingdom.

Pet peeve: People who can't get to the point.

First job: Track supervisor for Southern Railway.

Worst job: Haven't had a really bad one yet.

Hobbies: Reading, running, golf, tennis.

Favorite restaurant: Bubba's.

What do you like most about Norfolk? The water and associated activity.

What do you like least about Norfolk? There's not much to dislike. ILLUSTRATION: Staff photo by MOTOYA NAKAMURA

Charles ``Wick'' Moorman says he's ``happy and enthusiastic about

being involved'' in the United Way campaign.

by CNB