Miriam “Mimi” Factor founded Mimi Factor and Associates back in 1959. Using her successful background in human resources as a springboard, Mimi started out with very a “grass roots” approach. Some mornings she would receive a call from a local restaurant that needed a server, perhaps a bus boy or a cook. Then, using her contacts and usually within an hour, Mimi would physically walk the candidate to the restaurant in need, make the formal introductions and collect her cash. This snowballed into a full blown recruiting firm. In an age where there were a great number of the European chefs migrating to Los Angeles, Mimi was incredibly successful matching the talents of her candidates with the right venue.
Business flourished and Mimi soon brought in another recruiter, Don Dikmak, a man that brought an impressive amount of industry operational experience to her business. Together as a team the business continued successfully. Upon Mimi’s retirement, Don purchased the business and continued to conduct business under Mimi’s philosophy, by keeping in mind that it is not about the placement, but about putting people together that share the same work values. The company continued its success and became a well known name within the Los Angeles hospitality community.