Daniel H. Samson currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and co-manager of Lovin’ Scoopful LLC and manages all the company’s day to day operations. Mr. Samson founded Danken’s gourmet ice Creams in 1983 and sold the company in 1998. Danken’s manufactured and distributed super premium ice cream products throughout the Pacific Northwest and West Coast of the United States, and in Japan. Mr. Samson managed all aspects of the business including strategic direction, product development, budgets, sales, inventory management, personnel, manufacturing, distributor, warehouse, supplier, co-packer and retailer relationships. Mr. Samson has served on the board of, or consulted for, a number of food related companies.
He played a significant role in bringing Tully’s Coffee Japan to the Japanese public markets in 2001 and served on the company’s board from 1997 – 2006. Tully’s, which operates 330 stores in Japan, was purchased in majority by Ito-en in 2006 and privatized. Mr. Samson continues to serve as a senior advisor to the President of Itoen. He graduated from Yale University in 1982 with a degree in Economics & Political Science.