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.
Member Designation: Business Professional 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.
Member Designation: Broker & Certified Tax Preparer at F & M Business Center
Diana Almanza is a student attending Pasadena City College, who anticipates transferring to a University in California. Diana possesses excellent communication, organization, design and customer service skills. Using skills she has acquired throughout her life, she hopes to become an Anthropologist. She started interacting in the community when she was 13 years old. She began volunteering at her local LEARNS program. She became a member of the Pasadena Host Lions Club in 2013 part of the world’s largest Service Club, Lions Club International.Volunteering at the Hastings Branch Library since 2013 and is still a frequent volunteer. From there, she joined the non-profit organization, Ideal Youth. Interning at local nonprofits in her community A Noise Within a classical theater where she interned in the stage production department. Interning at Levitt Pavilion and the Pasadena Museum of History. Where she learned customer service skills, management skills, and communication skills.
Currently working as an Office Assistant, Receptionist, and Guest Service Representative. She has worked as a dedicated and focused office assistant at Unyque Financials since 2015 focused on completing tasks handling a multitude of tasks such as bookkeeping, data entry, and auditing records to ensure accuracy. Preparing reports and financial data while maintaining a high level of confidentiality of all client financial information. A receptionist at AJ Longo & Associates Insurance Company entering the world of insurance. A Guest Service Representative for the Pasadena Convention Center since 2015 assisting patrons, answering guest’s queries regarding exhibits, honing her customer service and communication skills.
Member Designation: Office Assistant, Receptionist, and Guest Service Representative
Ellen Hopes’ background is being in service to people as a life coach plus years of teaching growth and communication courses. She uses these skills with her commitment to our clients to do everything within her power to make this process as easy and enjoyable as possible. She strives to make sure you feel comfortable to ask any and all questions and that you understand each step of the loan process.
Member Designation : Loan Advisor