Scott & Rio
Rio H. Miura, Founder
Born and raised in Miyazaki, Japan, Rio first came to the United States during a high school exchange program in Tacoma, Washington. Rio's interest in the family jewelry business combined with her artistic talent led her to pursue formal training in jewelry design. As the lead designer of a Miyazaki, Japan based custom jewelry design business, Rio traveled around the world to places such as Paris, Hong Kong, Madrid, and Rome to explore the international design market. Toward the end of her ten year career in jewelry design, Rio spent time studying in the United States and researching the United States consumer market. Upon returning to Miyazaki, Rio met Scott Lowe, and returned to the United States to start David Rio with him in 1996.
David Scott Lowe, President & CEO
Scott developed an appreciation for Eastern traditions during a high school exchange program in 1985. During his visit, Scott discovered the uniqueness of Japanese agriculture and, more importantly, tea. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations, Scott returned to Japan to work for the Japanese government as an interpreter and international program coordinator. While there, Scott co-founded Pacific Intersect, Inc., a company specializing in planning custom business and government study trips. Over time, Pacific Intersect expanded its travel business and developed a branch focused on importing United States goods to Japan. Scott met Rio Miura in Miyazaki, Japan, and subsequently sold his share of Pacific Intersect to returned to the United States, where he and Rio started David Rio in 1996.