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The first differentiator is that Carvers embraces a “Guest Focused” corporate culture supported by an inverted organizational structure that always puts the customer on top, interacting with an empowered front-line staff, supported by an experienced management team and local, engaged ownership.

The Carvers Guest Experience Staff
Our experienced and dedicated staff including hostesses and guest concierge, servers, service assistants (SAs) and bartenders have many years of combined industry experience and guest service. This skilled and responsive staff is here to insure that you have a unique dining experience for every special occasion.


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Head Chef and the Entire Kitchen Staff
While the face of the restaurant is the Carver’s staff, the heart of the restaurant is the Head Chef Drew Ballard, the Sous chef, the entire kitchen staff, the head bartender and the lounge crew. They begin their work during the day to select and cut the finest beef and other entrée selections for individual preparation to your expectations. Their food industry training, education and experience is clearly displayed with every drink that is mixed and every dinner that is prepared and served.

Chef Drew Ballard
Drew graduated from Centerville High School Culinary Arts Program. He started his hospitality career at Carvers in 2009 as a server assistant, bar back and in the kitchen which was his true calling and quickly became Sous Chef. After moving away for a few years, he continued his culinary training in Colorado, South Dakota, California, and Kansas. In 2015 Drew returned to Carvers as Executive Chef. In 2019 Drew competed on the Food Networks show the Great Food Truck Race season 10 where he placed in the top three. After returning he stayed at Carvers and started his own food truck called Rolling Indulgence. During Covid his food truck Rolling Indulgence & Carvers worked together to survive, a partnership that continues today. In 2023 Drew began working with Centerville High school as well assisting with their culinary department as banquet Manager. Currently Drew is Banquet Manager at Centerville High the Owner of Rolling Indulgence food truck and continues as Executive Chef of Carvers

Carvers Management Team
Supporting the guest, the Carvers staff, and the kitchen crew is a highly experienced management team with years of restaurant industry experience and guest service.

General Manager: Michael K. Parks
Michael comes to us from New Carlisle, Ohio where he started his career at age 14 in a family-owned restaurant. By the age of 18 Michael was a manager. Later he managed the well-known Portofino’s Restaurant in the Radisson Hotel and Suites in downtown Dayton and later became the food and beverage director. Michael worked for 9 years as a captain and manager at L’Auberge under Josef Reif and Chef Dieter Krug. Michael began his career at Carvers in 1998. In 2019 Michael “was awarded” Daytonian of the Week by the Dayton Daily News.

Manager Ashley Hake
Ashley graduated from Springboro High school in 2003 and then attended Miami University of Middletown for Business management. She started her hospitality career at Carvers in 2003 as a server assistant / hostess then moved up to server/ cocktail waitress before becoming Manager. Ashley is our specialist of wine and consistently cultivates a wine list that has earned Carvers the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2008.

Owners: Ed and Blanca Fauble
The owners of Carvers Steaks & Chops in Dayton and Mountain Jacks in Lafayette, Indiana are Ed and Blanca Fauble who are pictured here with a recent parking lot cook-out guest in the middle.