December 2011 Speaker

Milton Matthews


Milton T. Matthews is a 1968 graduate of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and retired Vice President of Sales and Chief Customer Officer of The Hershey Company. Matthews joined Hershey Foods as a Sales Representative in 1972. In 1977, he was promoted to Manager, Sales Planning and, in 1981, to Director, Sales Development. He was named Vice President-Sales, Hershey Chocolate USA in 1989 and in 2002 was named Vice President, Chief Customer Officer. He is credited by Hershey’s CEO as having “built and nurtured a premier confectionery organization that's clearly respected throughout the food industry."

Matthews served five years in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. He served in Vietnam as an attack helicopter pilot and was highly decorated. His service awards include 31 Air Medals.

While a student at Maryland, Matthews earned nine varsity letters and set numerous track and cross country records, including an individual ACC championship in the 1,000 yard run.

Matthews has given of his time and talents serving as co-chairman of both the Smith School's Advisory Board and the Great Expectations capital campaign.

Throughout his career he has received many prestigious industry honors from such organizations as the National Candy Wholesalers Association, the AWMA Hall of Fame, NCSA Candy Hall of Fame, National Association of Tobacco Distributors, and the National Confectionary Association, among others.

Matthews and his wife Becky have endowed two scholarships at the University of Maryland, one to the Smith School and one to the men’s track team, in addition to a scholarship at Lakewood High School in New Jersey. They have two grown sons and two granddaughters, and divide their time between homes in Cape May, NJ, and Delray Beach, FL.