Jennifer Kor - Founder, Culinary Director
Jennifer always had a passion for accommodating and serving people. She feels we look after ourselves as adults so well when it comes to food and diet and often overlook the littlest. She is looking to assist young children set healthy eating patterns while they are in their formidable years so that they are able to carry what’s learned into adulthood. With the raise of diseases linked to unhealthy eating, it is more important than ever to be conscience and aware at a younger age.
Jennifer began her education at a hotel school in Switzerland on Lake Geneva learning the intricacies of the hospitality industry in the kitchen and in the guest areas. She then completed her Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Virginia Tech. As a young professional, she led a management career within the luxury hotel market. Jennifer was able to work in seven of the best hotels around the world while enjoying different cultures. In 2000, she obtained her Masters of Business Administration from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
Once her children arrived, she pursued a second career, Early Childhood Education, which is a true love. She focused on the Montessori environment training at AMI in Sydney, Australia. While working with the Headland Montessori group in Sydney, she became an AMI (3-5) teacher assistant and earned her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been lucky to have worked in four child care environments; Boston MA, Naples Florida and Sydney Australia.
Our family is grateful to be in Auburn, AL. We are blessed to be a part of this community and look forward to having the opportunity to feed and watch your children grow. Thank you for allowing us to serve for the years to come.
Arif Kor - Co-Founder, Director
Arif Kor brings more than 26 years of experience working in the international luxury hotel industry to Greens and Beans. He started his global hotelier career in Hotel du Lac at Coppet, Switzerland while attending the Cesar Ritz Hotel Management School. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Arif has worked with some of the best hotel companies in United States, Europe and Australia. Joining The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in 2001 really accelerated Arif’s growth having been assigned key leadership positions in Food & Beverage Division in properties such as The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton Lake Oconee GA, then in Half Moon Bay CA, Naples FL, San Francisco CA and Boston MA just to name a few. Throughout his career, Arif has also worked with other award winning hotel companies such as Capella, One & Only and most recently Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
Arif’s first exposure to Auburn was in 2009 when he accepted the Executive Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage role at The Hotel at Auburn University. In addition to his responsibilities at the hotel, Arif was also a co-educator in Food & Beverage related courses administered through Auburn University's Hotel & Restaurant Management program on campus in The College of Human Sciences and at The Hotel at Auburn University. Staying on the course, Arif left Auburn after 2 exciting years and continued to grow on his career holding senior leadership roles while managing luxury hotels & resorts in Boston MA, Hayman Island in Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Australia. Working and travelling the world for 24 years had to end when the family decided to return to US and settle back in Auburn, AL in order to raise the children in one location. When Greens & Beans was found in 2015, Arif was the Hotel Manager of Mandarin Oriental Atlanta. In 2017, Arif made the decision to team up with Jennifer and combine all his knowledge and experience to continue the growth of Greens and Beans.
While Arif is grateful to have the opportunity to meet and serve dignitaries, top celebrities and past presidents for the last 26 years, he is now very eager to devote his time and service the more important VIPs, children.