Rick Hill has put the degree he earned in business administration from Frostburg State University to good use: Since graduating in 1983, his accomplishments include serving as the founder of Metropolitan Choppers LLC, an exclusive manufacturer of customized motorcycles, and as president and owner of Metropolitan Steel Inc., one of the most respected steel plants on the East Coast. FSU’s College of Business praised these achievements and more when they named Hill the 2007 Alumnus of the Year during a recent honors reception.
“Rick Hill epitomizes the ideal College of Business graduate,” said Danny Arnold, dean of the College of Business. “He has been very successful as an executive of an existing firm and as an entrepreneur. He has exhibited the drive, leadership and skills needed by successful businesspeople.”
Hill became the president of Metropolitan Steel Inc., the family business that inspired the creation of Metropolitan Choppers, in 1996. Originally headed by his father, Hill joined the steel company in 1983 when there were only four full-time employees and gross sales were $100,000 per year. Today, Metropolitan Steel has annual sales topping $10 million and a workforce of more than 65 employees.
Frederick, Md.-based Metropolitan Choppers, the company Hill founded to unite his love of motorcycles with his ready supply of tools and steel, boasts a reputation for creating sleek, unique customized motorcycles—or “choppers”—that are carefully tailored to reflect the personalities and fantasies of their owners, many of whom are notable figures such as Donald Trump, radio personality G. Gordon Liddy and professional golfer John “the Lion” Daly.
In addition to Metropolitan Steel Inc. and Metropolitan Choppers, Hill also owns Regal Holding Co. Inc., a real estate and consulting business, and Kickstart Promotions, an entertainment company specializing in musical events and record production. He is active at his children’s high school and, as chairman for the school’s athletic stadium fundraising and building committee, raised more than $4 million to bring the dream of a new athletic field to reality. Hill resides in Hagerstown, Md., with his wife and fellow FSU alum, Kelli, and two teenage children, Ashley and Jimmy.
This the fourth year the College of Business has recognized distinguished graduates with Alumni of the Year awards, which are selected by the College of Business’ administrators from public nominations.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.
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