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About Us

Firm Biography

In 1969 Felix Richard Jr. and Madlyn Richard established Felix & Madlyn Bail Bonds, one of the first African American bail bond agencies in the City of Pasadena-California. As entrepreneurs needing basic business assistance, they quickly discovered the lack of professional business services and resources in Northwest Pasadena. The area was in the beginning stages of revitalization and the influx of entrepreneurs and investors to the area were continuously frequenting their establishment searching for a community based company to provide basic business development services. Read More..

Meet the team of professionals

Ismael Trone

Business Professional at F&M Business Center

Ishmael Trone is a licensed CTEC tax preparer and Notary Public who has served the Pasadena community as a businessman and entrepreneur for over 30 years. From 1981-1999 he coordinated program and administrative services for a private non-profit organization contracted with the California Department of Education to disburse federal and state funds to licensed childcare facilities. During that period, he disbursed over 40 million dollars to day care home providers and childcare centers to serve nutritious meals to community children. In 2000 he developed F&M, a taxation and real estate company to provide quality business services to a community with limited business resources. In 2009, he founded Ideal Youth Incorporated to provide summer internship and entrepreneur opportunities to high school and college students

Throughout his professional career, as an entrepreneur he has partnered with investors in various real estate ventures, assisted numerous clients in creating various successful businesses and has assembled a network of highly skilled professionals to provide the community with a wealth of business resources. He also has civic duties with the City of Pasadena as the Chair of a redevelopment advisory body, vice-chair of a community development committee and committee member for the Rose Bowl renovation project. Organization affiliations include Board Member of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

Luna Petty

Broker & Certified Tax Preparer at F & M Business Center

Luna Petty began her career in mortgages in 1998 while attending California State University, Los Angeles, majoring in broadcast communications with the aspirations of becoming a journalist. The first step in her real estate journey was a position as a telemarketer, dialing for dollars as she paid her way through college. She transitioned to the loan processing department where her inquisitive nature and talent for quick analysis lead her into different aspects of the real estate industry thereby giving her the knowledge of the qualifications lenders are looking for to close a loan quickly and efficiently. She has extensive education and training in the fields of Real Estate and Business Law, Real Estate Finance, Business Communications, and Economics. Luna opened her first real estate loan office in 2003 in Covina, Calif. In its first year, the office closed over $15 million in home loans. In 2005 her offices expanded to Orange County and Diamond Bar, Calif. In 2006 Unyque Financial collaborated with F & M, a business services and taxation company from Pasadena- California, creating a taxation and real estate home loan company.

Today Luna is a licensed Mortgage Broker, Notary Public and Certified Tax Preparer. In selecting the right home loan she is focused on the clients overall investment portfolio and financial plan. Her longevity is undoubtedly due to her commitment to treating every client individually and striving to find the best product for their own individual needs.  Luna also contributed regularly to Crown City News as print and on-air reporter. She had a column in the Pasadena Journal on-line, is a past board member for Pasadena Neighborhood Housing and presently serves as a Founding member of the Board of Directors for Ideal Youth, a Pasadena based non-profit organization which provides youth summer internship opportunities.

What Clients Say About Us

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I’ve been doing business with F & M Business Center for over 20-years. Their business knowledge, professionalism and integrity are unmatched. Over the years I have given them many difficult business situations and they’ve always had great Solutions. Being the owner of two corporations, my taxes can be rather challenging but it never seems to be a problem for F & M Business Center. I highly recommend them for anyone needing professional business Solutions.

Bryan Smith

2016-10-24T07:32:09+00:00

Bryan Smith

I’ve been doing business with F & M Business Center for over 20-years. Their business knowledge, professionalism and integrity are unmatched. Over the years I have given them many difficult business situations and they’ve always had great Solutions. Being the owner of two corporations, my taxes can be rather challenging but it never seems to … Continue reading Fm Testimonial1

Fm Testimonial2

FM Business Center has completely revolutionized my business needs. I would not of been able to grow and streamline my business as easily as I have if it wasn’t for the amazing individuals that work there. Every email and phone call is returned quickly, any question I have is answered thoroughly, and any support, guidance, or recommendation I need is always top notch. FM business is a great example of what it looks like and epic customer service meets decades of experience.

Brandon Brown

Hall of Fame, CUTCO Cutlery

2016-10-24T07:34:25+00:00

Brandon Brown

Hall of Fame, CUTCO Cutlery

FM Business Center has completely revolutionized my business needs. I would not of been able to grow and streamline my business as easily as I have if it wasn’t for the amazing individuals that work there. Every email and phone call is returned quickly, any question I have is answered thoroughly, and any support, guidance, … Continue reading Fm Testimonial2