Our Team

Daniel Rice

Daniel founded Rice Industries while living in Richmond, Virginia. Originally inspired by the Danaher and Colfax business models, Daniel started Rice out of a strong desire to build an operating company with acquisition, as well as strategic and process improvement, as core competencies. As CEO, Daniel oversees organizational and process development, M&A and company strategy. Daniel’s vision is to continue to build an enterprise with an extraordinary team that expedites material advancements. These advancements then drive improvements in plastic packaging, battery tech, lightweighting, renewable power, and 3D printing among other critical, secular themes. Before founding Rice, Daniel worked in M&A and private equity focused on chemicals, industrials, renewable power and bio-based fuel. He earned his MBA from Harvard and his BA from Middlebury College. Daniel has been influenced by his family members who have taught him that the best way to build a sustainable business is through dedication, perseverance and risk-taking. Daniel was inspired by his father who founded one of the first private equity firms and his grandfather who was Chairman and CEO of Allegheny Power Systems, one of the largest US utilities at the time.

Valentin Alvarez

As President, Valentin presides over Rice Industries’ companies and serves on the Board. Valentin started at Rice at the beginning of 2018 as President of Rice’s polymer enhancement division. Valentin has since assumed leadership of all of Rice’s operation and commercial efforts. Before being named President, Valentin served as General Manager at UNARCO (a division of Marmon Group, a Berkshire Hathaway company), the leader in retail conveyance equipment. He led all facets of the business with full P&L responsibility.

Prior to joining UNARCO, Valentin served for more than a decade at SPX Corporation, where his ultimate position was Vice President, SPX Heat Exchanger. Beforehand, he served as VP Southeast Asia for SPX Corporation where he was instrumental in the region turnaround. Previously, Valentin spent 12 years at GE Aircraft Engines including a four-year campaign in Spain. Valentin received his Bachelor of Aviation Technology and Master of Business Administration degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a former triathlete, an avid cyclist and swimmer, and resides in Richmond, VA.

Tony Asfor

Tony is the Chief Financial Officer of Rice Industries and sits on its Board. Tony joined in 2018 and leads Rice’s financial, accounting, IT, and administrative efforts. Tony is a 20+ year veteran of the pharmaceutical and telecom industries, and public auditing (Big 4). Tony’s experience prior to joining Rice included finance and accounting leadership roles at Catalent Pharma Solutions, Icon Clinical Research, and Comcast. Tony led finance for Catalent’s Biologics and Small Molecule Laboratory, and the Pulmonary Manufacturing, and Micronization facilities. While at Catalent, Tony worked with Joe Drost, one of Rice’s Board members. Tony is active in Jiu Jitsu and resides in Abington, PA.

Jeff Conn

Jeff Conn

Jeff Conn is the Vice President of our OEM department. In this function, Jeff oversees new product development, product standardization and the service and parts division. His team is very engaged on the design, testing and performance of all new original equipment and post OEM sale.

Jeff has been an engineer with Jet Pulverizer for 17 years. He comes from a materials background, having previously working for St Gobain and Kennametal Inc. He has a BSME from Penn State University and attended engineering graduate school at Carnegie-Mellon University and holds a Professional Engineer License.

An avid traveler, Jeff is the first to meet and troubleshoot, taking clients’ challenges head on. Jeff’s long academic and professional background has led him to become a subject matter expert in the field of micronization, often consulting with past, present and future clients. Jeff is interested in technology, his wife’s German cooking, and everything Pittsburgh related.   

For OEM Inquiries, please fill out the questionnaire.

Rick Pottieger

Rick Pottieger

Rick Pottieger is the Vice President of Toll Processing at the Jet Pulverizer Company. In this role, Rick manages the service side of the business, focused on delivering timely, quality products safely back to the customer.  His team delivers in the chemical, food and GMP space, constantly pushing for new techniques and technologies in each of these markets.

Rick celebrated his 20th year with the company recently, rising through the ranks from the front lines to his current leadership position. Rick holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the United States Coast Guard Academy.  After graduation he served in Alaska, Florida and Washington D.C., then worked as a Supervisor for an international freight carrier. These experiences have shaped him to become the team-oriented, goal-focused leader he is today.

His team looks after each and every new project, focused on testing, matching or exceeding the clients' expectations. Thanks to his openness and communication, a consultative approach to our tolling division has allowed Jet Pulverizer to develop into a leader in the micronization space. Rick is a big sports fan; he is often shuttling his family to and from sports tournaments, arenas and gyms. He bonds with his team and clients over the ups and downs of the Philadelphia sports scene, often needing their support to make it to “next season”.

For Tolling Inquiries, please fill out the questionnaire.

Craig Davis

Craig Davis (BS Materials Engineering, Drexel University) has joined the Company in the role of Eastern Regional Sales Manager & Business Development effective January 4th, 2021. Craig brings 30 years of customer/market development experience in the custom/toll powders marketspace while working for LyondellBasell and A. Schulman. His deep knowledge of materials versus grinding equipment, powder characterization / analysis, and process / powder optimization will all be applied in order to help us build our position in new materials and markets. He lives in New Hope, PA with his wife, Patti, and children, Melanie and Cole, and enjoys guitar, music, sports, photography, and nature.

Amanda Allan

Amanda Allan is the cGMP Production Manager at The Jet Pulverizer Company. Formerly Jet Pulverizer's Quality Manager, Amanda was responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining our ISO 9001: 2015 certification and GMP quality systems to ensure regulatory compliance. Amanda now manages all facets of GMP production for our Micronization Services Division, interfacing with production, suppliers, customers and auditors to drive continuous improvement and exceed customer expectations.

Amanda has a B.S. degree in Biology from Le Moyne College and a MSc in medical science from Drexel University. She has a diverse background in pharmaceutical and industrial quality roles as quality supervisor, continuous improvement project manager, quality engineer, and total quality specialist. In addition, she is an active member and leader in the Philadelphia chapter of the American Society of Quality and Toastmasters International.

Outside of work, she enjoys singing karaoke, learning to play guitar or taking part in the various events in Philadelphia.

Joe Blatcher

Joe Blatcher is the Processing Manager of the Processing business. He started at Jet Pulverizer in 2005, working from the ground floor as a material handler and operator to being the point person for scheduling, managing the operations quality, and increasing processing efficiencies.

As he raised up the ranks, he embraced taking more leadership roles such as training and customer interaction, and has developed a team of quality and safety focused operators. His mechanical and client facing background allowed him to spearhead positive quality, health & safety and culture initiatives inside the plant.

Joe likes to spend his time outside of work with family and friends, biking, hunting and volunteering for a variety of different charities.

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