Company: Food Management Associates, a Yorba Linda, California, contractor of food service management and consulting
Founder: Richard Warmolts, 58
Began: May 2001
2001 Sales: $1.4 million

When did you know that you had made it?
Richard Warmolts: When I was awarded a national contract to provide food services for children in a behavioral rehabilitation program.

Who is your business role model?
Warmolts: My Uncle Joe, who, through hard work and family involvement, built a most successful golf course, when the experts said it was impossible to grow grass in the local soil.

Do you have any business advice?
Warmolts: Be honest and straightforward in your business dealings. Earn the business by delivering a valued service. Don't buy the business. Good business ethics will earn long-term success. Lastly, you're in the people business, not the "food" business--so take care of your people and make sure you satisfy their career and economic needs.

What are your plans for the future?
Warmolts: To have fun in business and give something back to the community. Assisting organizations dedicated to helping abused children seems to be the direction I am being led.

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