We all share values of healthfulness, balance, compassion, and vitality
The people who work at aha Pure Foods believe that
food is medicine
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!
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!
VP of Operations
Samantha is our Marketing 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!
Director of Communications
Jessi is our Recruitment Manager 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!
Kierstan is our Data Analyst 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!
Vanessa is one of our Marketing Interns at aha, is pursuing a Bachelors in Marketing and a Minor in Economics, and a junior at the University of Florida. When Vanessa is not working on our Facebook, she loves music, the outdoors, and exploring new cultures.
Mark Simon Costa
Mark is one of our Marketing Interns at aha and is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Advertising with a specialization in persuasive messaging. Some of his favorite hobbies are skating and horseback riding, but his all-time passion is traveling the world and getting to know different cultures. If you want to find out more about Mark, click on his picture to take you to his LinkedIn!
Kevin is one of our marketing Interns at aha and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Sustainability Studies. Some of his favorite hobbies are playing with his dogs and hanging out with friends at the beach. He also has a passion for traveling and fitness. If you want to find out more about Kevin, click on his picture to take you to his LinkedIn!
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