Sun Holdings is one of the fastest growing minority-owned businesses in the United States. Guillermo Perales founded Sun Holdings in 1997. He created the company after he completed his Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University.
Guillermo Perales does more than operate Sun Holdings. He has also used the limited liability company to purchase a number of fast food restaurant franchises. After Guillermo Perales founded the company, he enjoyed close to an annual growth rate of 50%. The success of Sun Holdings, LLC is due to the business genius of Guillermo Perales.
By 2005, Guillermo Perales’s company was named one of the fastest growing companies in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas by Southern Methodist University’s Cox Business School’s annual Dallas 100 rankings. Between 2001 and 2005, Guillermo Perales’s Sun Holdings saw an employment increase of 400 percent. This made it the largest Hispanic minority-owned employer in the Dallas and Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Guillermo Perales has built himself a fast food empire. In 2012, Guillermo Perales’s Sun Holdings, LLC had 250 stores in its portfolio. In 10 months’ time, Sun Holdings jumped to 400 stores. This phenomenal growth was due to Guillermo Perales’s purchase of 50 Arby’s stores in Dallas. Some were converted to Burger Kings and Popeye’s stores. By June, Guillermo Perales purchased nearly 100 Burger King franchises in Orlando.
Guillermo Perales is grateful for the success he has achieved. While he has demonstrated repeatedly his skill at acquiring and managing a chain of fast food franchises, he also purchased 13 T-Mobile stores. Guillermo Perales gives back to his Texas community now by providing free meals to tens of thousands of people each year. Additionally, Guillermo Perales gives around five million free meal certificates to local students each year.
Some people spend their entire lives running a business and don’t receive half the recognition Guillermo Perales receives for his work as a minority business leader in Texas. Guillermo Perales is the owner of hundreds of fast food restaurants. Guillermo Perales created Sun Holdings, LLC in 1997. It was through this company that he began purchasing a portfolio of fast food stores.
Guillermo Perales is an entrepreneur and CEO. In the 15 years since he created his business, he has guided it throughout all of its rapid growth. Jumping to a portfolio of 400 restaurant franchises, Guillermo Perales is among the top franchise owners in the United States. He is the largest Latino franchisee in the United States.
The largest number of franchises under Guillermo Perales’s Sun Holding’s portfolio are Burger Kings. He is the fourth largest Burger King franchise operator in the United States with 172 stores. Among the other top owners, he is the biggest minority franchisee in the United States, with control of 72 Popeye’s restaurants, 33 Golden Corrals, 46 Cici’s restaurants, 6 Del Tacos, and 51 Arby’s restaurants.
With such an impressive portfolio, it is easy to recognize why Guillermo Perales has been rewarded for his success. Some of his earlier awards are from 2005. He was recognized by the City of Dallas for the positive impact his Golden Corral restaurants had on the local economy and received an award for Outstanding Business Excellence in 2006 from the North Texas Regional Certification Agency.
Guillermo Perales doesn’t need awards and recognitions to tell him he has been an exceptional businessman. He sees it for himself with the continual growth of his Sun Holdings portfolio. Guillermo Perales has come a long way from a student studying in Mexico. Out of gratefulness, he helps children and the military with free meals.
America is a country built by immigrants. Throughout America’s history immigrants have worked in the mines, worked in the factories, and done a lot of drudgery. However, those jobs kept the country running. Even today, the topic of immigration still raises debate but Guillermo Perales is a shining example of how successful immigrants to the United States can still be.
Guillermo Perales originally studied to be a Certified Public Accountant at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Learning in Monterrey, Mexico. After graduating with honors, he moved to Texas where he attended Texas A&M University to complete his MBA.
It was with the completion of his MBA that Guillermo Perales was ready to take on business in the United States and be recognized for his skills. He created Sun Holdings, LLC in 1997. In 15 years, Guillermo Perales used his skills as a business professional to grow the company at an annual growth rate around 50%.
The growth of Sun Holdings, LLC meant Guillermo Perales became of the most successful Latino businessmen in the United States. In 2005, Hispanic Business had ranked Sun Holdings as the fastest growing Hispanic-owned company in the United States for the last five years. This ranked Guillermo Perales’s company as the 29th largest Hispanic company in the United States.
Since then, Sun Holdings has only grown. Through his company’s portfolio, Guillermo Perales was the owner of 250 restaurants and fast food franchises in 2012. In 10 months, Guillermo Perales increased the company portfolio to 400 restaurants, over 100 of which are Burger Kings.
In 2012, Guillermo Perales received a lifetime achievement award from the Latino Hotel and Restaurant Association and was featured in Latino Leaders magazine’s “101 List” as one of the most influential Latinos in the United States.
People find different ways to become successful. Guillermo Perales chose to become an entrepreneur and in doing so, became one of the most successful minority business leaders in the United States. After completing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Guillermo Perales created Sun Holdings, LLC. It was this company Guillermo Perales would lead and drive to success.
Guillermo Perales is CEO of Sun Holdings, LLC but more interestingly is among the top franchise owners in the United States. He grew his company by purchasing Burger Kings, Popeye’s restaurants, Golden Corrals, Cici’s restaurants, Del Tacos, Arby’s restaurants, and even T-Mobile stores. Between 2001 and 2005, Guillermo Perales’s Sun Holdings’ employment grew by 400 percent making Guillermo Perales the largest Hispanic employer in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Owning so many restaurant franchises meant Guillermo Perales employed a lot of people. The employment he provided was recognized by the City of Dallas for the positive impact his Golden Corrals played in the local economy. In both 2008 and 2009, Guillermo Perales was recognized by Area Developers magazine as of America’s top franchisees.
Guillermo Perales’s awards and recognitions date back to 2005 and as recently as 2012, he earned the Lifetime Achievement award from the Latino Hotel and Restaurant Association. Guillermo Perales was honored to receive the award since it cemented his success as an entrepreneur.
When Guillermo Perales studied for his MBA, he probably did not picture himself owning 400 restaurants and fast food stores. However, that is the path he followed and he has been very successful as a restaurant owner. Guillermo Perales believes much of the success he has experienced developed as a result of his strong foundation for strategic business development. While it only took 15 years for Guillermo Perales to climb so high, he knows it will take further skill to maintain operations and continue future growth.