Daphne Contraros Rioux, Founder
Daphne Rioux was born in Greece and moved to the US when she was six years old. She grew up in Saco, Maine, and graduated from Thornton Academy in 1968. She then attended the University of Southern Maine, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Education in 1972. She taught at the elementary level for seven years and decided to leave teaching upon the birth of her first child. For a five year period she was a stay at home mom and raised her three children. Daphne’s entrepreneurial spirit surfaced at 25 years of age when she and her husband bought and renovated their first apartment building. Their real estate ventures expanded to the operation of an oceanfront motel, now in its 28th year. In 1998, she started a seasonal lobster pound business for her three teenage children, which operated through the summer of 2004. The idea for her olive oil business developed in 2005. Daphne is responsible for Lakonía’s operations in Greece. She makes frequent trips to oversee the cultivation and harvest of the olive groves, and the importation of the products to the United States. You may also find Daphne at the retail store and at trade shows. She is delighted to have her daughter growing the family business.
Melissa Rioux, President
Melissa Rioux grew up in
Biddeford, Maine and graduated from high school in 2000. While growing
up she attended Greek school for six years, learning to read and write
the Greek language and absorbing Greek culture. In 2000, she attended
Northeastern University to study communications and was on the school’s
division I track team. In 2002 she transferred to San Diego State
University and majored in business management. While attending SDSU, she
began developing the business ideas for Lakonía. Melissa and
her friend, Julie Kramer, a graphic design major at SDSU, began working
on product presentation creating labels and packaging. Melissa graduated
in May of 2007 with honors and a bachelor’s degree in business
management. She was given the opportunity to start the business by her mother after she graduated, and moved back to Maine two months later. Melissa is currently involved in every facet of Lakonía.
Like many small business managers, she is required to assume multiple
roles in the everyday operations. Some of her responsibilities include
accounting, marketing, sales, and employee supervision. She is also in
charge of product development, account management, and distribution.
Melissa is the company representative at trade shows, and other
business functions. She travels with her mother frequently to Greece to
learn about olive cultivation and participate with the harvest. She is proficient in Greek. She is thankful to her mother for giving her the
opportunity to start the business of her dreams.