ABOUT US

Mission:

FAMDO exists to revolutionize how: black youth achieve success, African Americans as a whole spend money, and African Americans value their local communities.

Vision:

A company’s vision shows its supporters where the company is now and where it will be in years to come. FAMDO’s Vision is captured in the word EMPOWER:

 
E - FAMDO will receive a commission from EVERY African-American transaction in the marketplace so the company has a ‘pool of profit’ each year to give back to non-profit organizations that service mainly African-American youth.
 
M - FAMDO will financially support the best educational models that would create as MANY African-American entrepreneurs, doctors, authors, technologists, scientists, educators, and engineers as possible.
 
P - FAMDO and the charities it will financially support aim to provide a PARA-FAMILY (surrogate family) to African-American youth for their guidance and sense of worth.
 
O - FAMDO is about promoting the OWNERSHIP of businesses, homes, schools, and investments in local black communities.  Ownership to FAMDO also means African-Americans taking responsibility for the issues African-Americans are facing.
 
W - FAMDO will WATCHDOG and make sure  African-Americans are getting a fair share of jobs, management positions, advertisement monies, and government-/corporate- contracting opportunities in the marketplace.
 
E - FAMDO will provide and support healthy African-American images in the ENTERTAINMENT business. Additionally, FAMDO will lead boycotts of brands that support negative or stereotypical images of African-Americans.
 
R - To prevent African-American communities from ending up worthless, the company will REVOLUTIONIZE how local African-American communities are valued. FAMDO is not exclusively owned by FAMDO’s management and its investors, but it’s owned by the local communities.

Don Franco is, in many ways, an American success story. The product of a broken family, he was raised in the type of impoverishment that hinders and destroys the promise of so many potentially productive African-American youth. Yet instead of becoming another casualty of the inner city, Don overcame to become a college graduate, a successful businessman and a happily married man for 32 years.

Don was raised in Linden, NJ. His parents separated when he was one, leaving his mother to raise him and his older sister in a one-bedroom apartment. Though his mom did an admirable job of providing Don with a strong sense of values, Don could not escape the emotional pain of growing up fatherless and poor. Like many youngsters stuck in a complex situation, Don many times felt inadequate.

Nonetheless, his mother's emphasis on education paid off, and Don became an honor society student. He also was a star basketball player, earning a scholarship to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and later finishing his high school career at Linden High School as New Jersey's “Player of the Year.”  Don attended Virginia Commonwealth University, the recipient of a four-year basketball scholarship.

While Don's college basketball career was not as successful as he had hoped, he did graduate from college with a business degree. During his time in college, he also married his best friend and love, Twyla. The couple now lives in New Jersey with their four children.

Armed with ambition and a college education, Don became an award-winning pharmaceutical salesman. He has worked with some of the most valued companies in the world through various sales, marketing and training positions. Don is now looking to use his life experiences along with his business skills to provide empowerment to the African-American community.