Guillermo Perales is an entrepreneur. Instead of buying a vacant building and creating his own restaurant, he opted for buying and improving the operations of pre-existing franchises. After Guillermo Perales completed his MBA in Texas, he founded Sun Holdings. For 15 years, Guillermo Perales adhered to his successful business strategy.
Since Sun Holdings was founded, it grew by an annual rate of around 50%. Guillermo Perales was proud of the success his business. By 2005, Guillermo Perales started to get recognized for his work and his success. Tied to the Hispanic and Latino community, many of his awards and recognitions were tied to his success as a Hispanic business owner.
In 2005, Guillermo Perales’s Sun Holdings was ranked top in job growth and the fastest growing Hispanic-owned company. It was a recognition he had received in previous years too. In 2005, he was the owner of the 29th largest Hispanic company in the United States. From 2002 to 2005, Guillermo Perales’s company had been named one of the top 10 fastest growing companies by the Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.
Years before in 1999, Guillermo Perales started to acquire Popeye’s and Burger King franchises to diversify his business portfolio. Between 2011 and 2012, Guillermo Perales’s portfolio of fast food and restaurant franchises exploded from 250 to 400. The franchises owned and operated under Guillermo Perales range in states from Texas to Florida.
Many of the recognitions and rewards earned by Guillermo Perales have been for his achievements as a Latino or minority business leader. But some have been specifically given to Guillermo Perales for his success as a franchise owner. In 2003, 2004, and 2006, he was voted Popeye’s Developer of the Year. In 2008, Guillermo Perales was listed 25th on the Restaurant Finance Monitor where he was ranked 57th in 2005.