In June 2017, Mr. Persons successfully purchased Butter Beans. Patrick is an accomplished executive within the middle market sector whose experiences include the successful execution of business strategy, sales growth, operational efficiencies combined with financial performance optimization. His passions include building a superior business with a clear vision, supported by exceptional people within a strong company culture and robust business practices, which he has found within Butter Beans.
Chef Nicholas brings over twenty years experience of some of the most progressive culinary environments in the country and a passion for the betterment of school lunches. Nicholas has had a diverse career running the gamut from prestigious Michelin starred restaurants and chefs such as Joel Robuchon, Michael Mina, George Germon, and Johanne Kileen, to some of the largest culinary facilities in the world, Bellagio and MGM Grand hotels. Through this diversity he brings real world solutions to everyday problems. Nicholas earned his BS in food service management and AAS in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.
Susie began with Butter Beans in 2016 as the manager for a private school client in New Jersey and now oversees operations for all private school clients in New Jersey and New York City. A self-trained chef who started in catering 30 years ago, Susie also worked as a private chef in NYC and in East Hampton. Using her knowledge of family friend recipes, she became a pioneer in healthy food delivery, creating “Susie’s Supper Club” – a service delivering family friendly prepared meals in NYC. Based on this work, she wrote and styled a cookbook, “The Supper Club” and then launched Susie’s Supper Club Frozen Entrees and Sides for Whole Foods Market. She also developed recipes and products for Babeth’s Feast, a NYC-based frozen food company. Susie lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn.
Elena provides administrative support to the Butter Beans team and successfully manages the back office. She ensures that all organizational operations run smoothly at Butter Beans. Elena earned her BA in Management in Hospitality from ASP University and her Accounting Contemporary American Business Practices Certificate from Baruch College. She’s passionate about health and wellness and shares the company’s mission and beliefs.
Shamika grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her passion for food came from helping and watching her mother and grandmother cook for all occasions. Shamika began her career in food service in 1997 when she joined Concord nursing home as a food server. While there, her love for the food industry flourished. She attended the College of New Rochelle and started at Butter Beans in 2012 as a floater. Two years later Shamika became a supervisor and was later promoted to her current position as manager of charter school operations. Shamika is very passionate about serving her community healthy and nutritious food.
Rafael grew up in New York where his transportation career began as a truck driver. He has over 15 years of experience working for various trucking and logistics companies around New York City, including FedEx, Air Sea Packing, City Harvest, and Pods Inc. In 2019 Rafael completed a course in supply chain management from Georgia Tech. He is very passionate about and dedicated to providing our clients with exceptional customer service and a worry-free delivery experience. Rafael loves spending time with his kids, keeping them active and ensuring they live a happy, healthy life.
With a background in sustainability and community advocacy, Kelly hopes to affect positive change for our communities and the Earth through the food that fuels us. She is passionate about promoting community engagement around food, and has served as a delegate to the United Nations Commission for Social Development and Slow Food International’s Terra Madre. Certified in Permaculture Design, she has worked in gardens in South Africa, the Bahamas, Thailand, and Australia. Kelly earned her BA in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, and currently serves as Board Co-Chair of Slow Food New York City.
Flora comes to the Butter Beans team with a background in sustainable development, and a great passion for nutrition and wellness education. She grew up spending summers in Italy and the East End of Long Island where she learned first hand where food comes from, how to cook it simply to bring out its natural flavors, and the value of sharing family meals. She holds her BA in Environmental Studies and Community & International Development from the University of Vermont, is a Certified Nutritionist Consultant through the Natural Healing Institute, and has received her Plant Based Nutrition Certification from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell University.
Jason Wong, Vice President of Operations, Catering & Cafeteria Services
Growing up as a chef and manager in his family’s food establishments, Jason mastered the hospitality trade prior to opening several more restaurants throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. He specializes in operation logistics, customer service, and special event planning. Jason spends most of his time with his two daughters, teaching them the holistic importance of preparing balanced and nutritious meals from scratch. His favorite foods include anything that comforts the soul. Jason has a BA in Operations Management from SUNY Geneseo and over twenty years of experience in the restaurant and catering industries.