Gus, or Kosta Olympidis as some of the people close to him call him, began his career in the convenience store industry at the young age of 21. He often characterizes his journey in business as having been born out of “youthful indiscretion.” The company, that is approaching a half billion dollars in revenue today, is vertically integrated with a central distribution center, a central bakery, and a sign manufacturing facility. Family Express operates 74 stores today with several in the pipeline. Family Express’s business model is characterized by a unique logistical system of daily distribution and a large portfolio of proprietary brands. FE assesses up to 50 prospects for each new hire in search of attributes such as friendliness, kindness and community sensitivity. The company’s mission statement uniquely addresses volunteerism as a stated corporate objective.