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The people who work at aha Pure Foods believe that
food is medicine

We all share values of healthfulness, balance, compassion, and vitality

Our Team

Wayne Garland

Founder

When aha Pure Foods founder, Wayne Garland, was diagnosed with terminal cancer he traveled to Asia with hopes of healing himself naturally. After 30 years of naturopathic research, he decided to team up with his long-time friend and experienced chef Alfie Crescentini to begin aha Pure Foods.

Chris is the CEO of aha Pure Foods with extensive experience in the restaurant industry. Throughout his career, Chris built a multimillion-dollar coast to coast operation. He is a fourth-generation Floridian with a family history of restaurant ownership dating back to the 1800s. In his spare time, Chris and his wife enjoy exploring new restaurants, creating culinary experiences, watching the performing arts and most of all traveling to watch their favorite college football teams. If you want to find out more about Chris, click on his picture to take you to his LinkedIn!

Chris Valdes

CEO

Alfie Crescentini

Co-Founder/Culinary Director

Alfie is the Co-Founder & culinary director with 40 years experience in the food industry. He served as the executive chef at multiple critically acclaimed restaurants. With Alfie’s production expertise, cooking experience, and product knowledge he has incorporated some of the world’s most transformative plant foods, such as turmeric and adaptogenic mushrooms into delicious blends. If you want to find out more about Alfie, click on his picture to take you to his LinkedIn!

Sean is our VP of Operations and is a University of Florida graduate where he received his PHD in Exercise Physiology and a minor in food science. Sean also has c ommercialization experience. Some of Sean’s hobbies include swimming, boating, and hiking. If you want to find out more about Sean, click on his picture to take you to his LinkedIn!

Sean McCoy

VP of Operations

Samantha Workman

Creative Director

Samantha is our Creative Director who has developed extensive experience in social media content creation as well as photography. She is currently pursuing an Advertising degree at the University of Florida and is graduating in May 2021. When she isn't working on our Facebook, her hobbies include fitness, graphic design, and photography. Sam’s favorite soup blend is FIRE-PROOF. If you want to find out more about Samantha, click on her picture to take you to her LinkedIn!

Alex is our Director of Communications. With her creative eye, she has developed great social media content and has been updating our website to boost our online presence. Alex is pursuing a Bachelors in Business Administration with a Pre-law concentration. Some of her hobbies include playing tennis, listening to podcasts, and watching Netflix. Alex’s favorite soup blend is SWEET CHI. If you want to find out more about Alexandra, click on her picture to take you to her LinkedIn!

Alexandra Hess

Director of Communications

Jessi Garigulo

Advertising Intern

Jessi is our Advertising Intern at aha and is pursuing a combined degree with her Bachelors in Business Management and Masters in International Business. She is in charge of our LinkedIn page as well as recruiting and staffing new interns. Some of her hobbies include taking her dog, Louis, on walks and going to the beach. Her favorite blend is FIRE-PROOF. If you want to find out more about Jessi, click on her picture to take you to her LinkedIn!

Katie is one of our Marketing Interns at aha and is pursuing a Masters degree in Digital Marketing. Katie has researched different social media strategies and conducted many photoshoots in order to boost our Instagram presence. When Katie is not working on our Instagram, she loves working out, going on walks, and listening to her favorite podcasts. If you want to find out more about Katie, click on her picture to take you to her LinkedIn!

Katie Lyerly

Marketing Intern

Kierstan Williams

Marketing Intern

Kierstan is one of our Marketing Interns at aha and is pursuing a combined degree with her Bachelors in Information Systems and her Masters in International Business. She conducts extensive marketing research in order to boost our social media presence and analyzes differentiation strategies. Her passions include reading, promoting sustainability, and listening to music. If you want to find out more about Kierstan, click on her picture to take you to her LinkedIn!

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