Leadership Team

Steering Our Health Food Franchise into the Future

Since 2016, Aloha Pokē Co. has been reimagining fast food and giving consumers a healthier and more satisfying option. What started as a great idea has grown into a national franchise brand with a bright future. A team effort is what has gotten us here, and that is what will sustain us long into the future. Our leadership team is comprised of franchise professionals with extensive experience in every area of the industry. Together, they make a formidable team that is continually improving our systems and processes so that our poke bowl franchise owners have everything they need to stay ahead of the competition. Learn more about our leadership team and then take the first step toward ownership today!

The Aloha Poke Co. Franchise Office Team

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    Chris Birkinshaw

    CEO

    Chris held leadership positions at Potbelly for over 10 years, including franchise development, domestic and international new market development, and regional operations. He also worked in Starbucks operations for 8 years.

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    Paul Tripodes

    VP of Franchise Development

    For 20 years, Paul has held leadership positions in franchise development with national Fast Casual and QSRs, including Saladworks, Focus Brands, Moe's Southwest Grill, Bojangles, and Boston Pizza.

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    Marc Johnson

    VP of Marketing

    Marc combines marketing experience from a range of verticals including specialty coffee, hand-made wallpapers, and letterpress printing. He worked in marketing for Starbucks and Intelligentsia Coffee for 5 years each.

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    Evan Rubin

    Director of Operations

    While managing all aspects of operations at Mediterranean QSR Benjyehuda, Evan grew the chain from 1 to 5 locations. He also opened the DC market for the HomeMade Pizza company and oversees all store ops at Aloha Pokē Co.

  • Andy  Mulherin Photo Andy  Mulherin Photo
    Andy Mulherin

    Implementation Consultant

    Andy had held ops positions in the restaurant industry for 10 years and opened Aloha's first store in a tiny stall in Chicago's French Market. Andy now leads the Aloha Pokē Co. franchise onboarding, training, and FOH and BOH management.

Hear from our Franchisees

  • “These guys at Aloha’s leadership, they’re just amazing guys. They really support you, they’re there for you, and I’m just really enjoying my time with all of them.”

    - Baryalay Razi
  • “The pandemic has had an effect on all restaurants; however, Aloha Poke is better positioned to overcome these obstacles. Aloha’s smaller average footprint is a competitive advantage keeping monthly occupancy cost at a minimum.”

    - Scott Miller
  • “I feel that concepts like Aloha Poke Co. are part of the fast-casual evolution toward offering higher-quality menu offerings as we continue to navigate pandemic-related disruptions.”

    - Randy Elias

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