Tom Rice is the owner and chef of The Magnolia Grill of Ft. Walton Beach, which he and his wife, Peggy, opened in 1996. In 2004, the Magnolia Grill received Florida’s Good Neighbor Award from the National Restaurant Association and was the Greater Ft. Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year. In 2007, Congressman Jeff Miller recognized Tom and Peggy for humanitarian work in the Congressional Record of the 110th Congress. Tom serves on numerous Boards, including the Emerald Coast Bridge Authority, Emerald Coast Honor Flight, Northwest Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross, Community Advisor for Covenant Hospice, and the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. He is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and DAV 72.
Tom is a veteran and retired as First Sgt. from the US Army. Former Senate President Don Gaetz appointed him to the Veterans Florida Board of Directors in 2014 and Senate President Bill Galvano re-appointed him in 2019.