Frank and Natalie Walker are the official owners of Kona Ice of Central Texoma, which services many different areas in Grayson County, in addition to providing charitable contributions.
According to the company website, Kona Ice is a mobile, Hawaiian-style shaved ice and ice cream franchise.
Frank Walker said he likes the adaptability of owning a Kona Ice franchise. “The mobile ice truck concept allows us the flexibility to travel almost anywhere in our territory to serve our tropical shaved ice.”
The Walkers were inspired by Dave Bowers, the owner of Kona Ice of North Collin County, and purchased a Kona Ice truck in June 2017.
“We saw all the great work that the Kona Ice has done in the community,” said Frank Walker.
After purchasing their truck, the Walkers attended Kona Kollege in Florence, Kentucky. In this training, they learned more about owning a Kona Ice truck. “Upon graduating, we rolled up our sleeves and dedicated ourselves to the Fourth of July celebrations and haven’t looked back since,” Frank Walker said.
Community involvement is part of the reason the Walkers bought into the franchise. “Community giveback is rooted in Kona Ice’s philosophy, it was only natural for us to get involved,” said Frank Walker. “We wanted to lend our support and serve the Grayson County community in a unique and positive way. What better way to serve a community then by offering a unique experience, serving tropical shaved Kona Ice and giving back money? Each year Kona Ice gives back millions of dollars to local communities and organizations across the country. Since inception, Kona Ice has given back more than 40 million dollars to local communities. It’s what we do!”
“Community involvement is ingrained in how we operate, both with Kona and in our own lives,” said Frank Walker. The Walkers serve as co-chairmen for the annual Denim & Diamonds Gala — Van Alstyne’s Education Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser. Frank Walker also serves on the Van Alstyne Education Foundation Teacher’s Grant Committee.
Owning the franchise truck has allowed the Walkers to host “Kona Days” at local schools, fundraisers that donate a portion of their proceeds to help underfunded programs. The Walkers have also join up with youth sports leagues and other organizations, such as the NTX Venom, a girls’ softball team that Frank Walker coaches.
Kona Ice, which was founded in 2007 by Tony Lamb, is based in Florence, Kentucky. Currently, there are thousands of Kona Ice franchises nationwide.
For more information about the Central Texoma Kona Ice, Frank and Natalie Walker can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-839-3174.