Luconda Dager, President of Velvet Ice Cream

Luconda Dager, President

While ice cream is the family business, Luconda started her career in New York spending several years working in the retail fashion industry. She returned to join Velvet Ice Cream in 1994 and has been the fourth-generation leader since 2009 continuing to maintain the traditions and values of the company while expanding the portfolio and reach within the region.

Luconda believes in giving back to the industry and community through service, giving her time and talents regularly to many organizations including being on the Board of Directors of the International Dairy Foods Association and a trustee for Hervey Memorial Library in Utica, Ohio. She also is active in the Conway Center for Family Business and is a frequent speaker and author within the industry.

Luconda graduated from Newark Catholic High School in Newark, Ohio. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1991 from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She was the recipient of Columbus Business First “Forty Under Forty” list for influential business leaders in 2007 and a Central Ohio Family Business Hall of Fame Recipient in 2018. In 2019, Velvet was ranked #10 on the Largest Central Ohio Women-Owned Businesses list in Columbus Business First.

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