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TEAM BIOS

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CHRIS KOENIG

Area Director

From Vestavia Hills, AL, Chris has been a team member at Aloha Hospitality since September 2018. He attended Vestavia Hills High School an Auburn University. Chris has worked in the hospitality industry continually in some form since he was 15 years old. Chris is married to his beautiful, supportive wife. Together they have two daughters. 

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BEN STRICKLAND

Assistant Manager- Mobile,AL

Ben is from Goldsboro, NC and has 20 years experience in the restaurant industry. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology, with minors in English and English Communication from The University of Mount Olive in 2009. Ben has been on the Aloha team since May 2021. He started as a busser at McCall's BBQ and Seafood, worked his way to caterer, dishwasher, server, shift supervisor, line cook, kitchen manager and bar manager.  Ben has worked at a handful of local mom and pop restaurants as well as larger corporate establishments, such as Starbucks and Olive Garden. He was nominated for Culinary Professional of the Year for the entire Dardin Corporation in 2019. Ben is married to his wife Stephanie, who works for the Canadian Ice Machine Corporation. They have four children, Aidan (13), Alexis (10), Benny (4), and Connor (1). He is an amateur musician and enjoys playing guitar, singing, and writing songs. Ben is also an unpublished author, with a novel he's hoping to publish one day. 

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DONYA DRAKEFORD

General Manager - Montgomery,AL

Donya is from Montgomery, AL and has been on our Aloha team since January 1999. She went to G.W. Carver High School in 1985 and Tech School for Cosmetology and Nutritionist. Donya has 35 years of hospitality experience and has been awards Employee of the Year many times throughout her career with Aloha. She is very family oriented and loves bowling, keeping senior citizens, cooking, and meeting new people. Donya volunteers at her church and works with the youth on many projects.