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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

Alexandra Hess

Marketing Director

Alex is our Marketing Director at aha. 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!

Vanessa is our Creative Director at aha. She is a junior at the University of Florida pursuing a Bachelors in Marketing and a Minor in Economics. When Vanessa is not working on our Facebook, she loves music, the outdoors, and exploring new cultures. If you want to find out more about Vanessa, click on her picture to take you to her LinkedIn! 

Vanessa Lica

Creative Director

Mark Simon Costa

Communications Director

Mark is our Communications Director at aha. He 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!

Elaina is one of our marketing Interns at aha and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration. Some of her favorite hobbies include working out, trying new products from health-food stores and listening to podcasts. If you want to find out more about Elaina, click on her picture to take you to her LinkedIn!

Elaina Sanchez

Marketing Intern

Kiona Goddard

Marketing Intern

Kiona is one of our marketing interns at aha. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems with a combined Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management. Some of her favorite hobbies include traveling, collecting house plants, and working out. If you want to find out more about Kiona, click on her picture to take you to her LinkedIn!

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