For 15 years, Guillermo Perales diligently led his company with the firm foundation he laid out for himself as an entrepreneur. His business development strategy has been honed and re-examined each year to make sure his company is still managed and guided in the way he wants it to be. It was in 1997 that Guillermo Perales took the leap of faith to work for himself.
The confidence to start his own business was born out of Guillermo Perales’s educational background studying to be a CPA and his degree in business administration. To expand his company, he started to purchase restaurants and fast food franchises in 1999.
By 2005, Guillermo Perales was noticed in his community; his company was accredited as the largest Hispanic company in the Dallas, Fort Worth area, he became a finalist for Hispanic Business magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and was recognized by the City of Dallas for the positive impact his Golden Corral restaurant had on the local economy.
In 2006, Guillermo Perales was awarded with the North Texas Regional Certification Agency for Outstanding Business Excellence. In 2007, he was awarded the Minority Business Council Award by the DFW Minority Business Council and from 2006 to 2009, was named one of the “Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community” by Latino Leaders.
Guillermo Perales was named one of American’s top franchisees in 2008 and 2009 while also ranking as 2008’s third fastest-growing Hispanic-owned enterprise according to the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, Guillermo Perales was awarded the Minority Business Leader of the Year by Dallas Business Journal and named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. As recently as 2012, Guillermo Perales was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latino Hotel and Restaurant Association and listed as one of the top influential Latinos in the United States.