Michael W. Rice

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Michael W. Rice (b. Dec 9, 1943), son of Francis Xavier Rice and Arlene (Utz) Rice of Hanover, Pennsylvania, is an American businessman serving as chairman and chief executive officer of Utz Quality Foods, Inc. since 1978.[1] Rice is an alumnus of Mount St. Mary's University class of 1965, and he holds a law degree from George Washington University School of Law.[2] During his tenure as CEO of Utz, he has led the expansion of the company to most of the Eastern United States with revenues exceeding $500 million per year in 2009.[3]

Rice's plans to construct a house in Avalon, New Jersey covering 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) were initially rejected by state and municipal authorities; it was ultimately agreed to limit the house to 40 rooms.[4]


  1. ^ "Utz Quality Foods history". Utz Quality Foods, Inc. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Michael Rice Class of 1965". Mount St. Marys University. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Utz unfazed by merger withdrawal". Central Penn Business Journal, Nov 13, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ Strauss, Robert. "ZONING; Big Money, Big Plans Equal Big Headaches", The New York Times, October 1, 2006. Accessed August 23, 2015. "The Rices -- his grandparents started the Utz company nearly 100 years ago -- bought the property of just over an acre on the high dunes in 2000 for $3.5 million and tore down a late-1940's cottage. They applied for permits from the State Department of Environmental Protection and from Avalon to build an approximately 20,000-square-foot house but were refused, and eventually compromised with the current plans for a house with 40 rooms and 15 bathrooms."