Guillermo Perales has been building a restaurant empire since he opened his first restaurant, Golden Corral, in 1997. Originally from Mexico, he immigrated to the United States of America in order to pursue his dream of becoming a successful business entrepreneur. After receiving his Master’s degree in business administration from the prestigious institution, Texas A&M, he knew it was time to make his mark on the restaurant industry. After opening his first Golden Corral, Guillermo founded Sun Holdings, Inc in order to facilitate his future restaurant ventures. Since its founding, the company has seen an annual growth rate of 50 percent on average while maintaining a vast portfolio consisting of more than 400 restaurants across four states. Being the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Holdings, Inc, Guillermo has been publicly recognized for his hard work and outstanding achievements. In the year of 2008 alone, he was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst and Young, the Celebration of Diversity Award by Ernst and Young, and he was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal by being awarded the Minority Business Leader Award. He has become the largest Latino franchise operator in the United States.
Being an immensely successful business entrepreneur within the restaurant franchisee industry, Guillermo Perales has opened the door for himself to become a part of influential business organizations in his community as well as the country. He is currently a member of the Southwestern Medical Foundation as a trustee, the National Franchise Association as a board member, the Southern Methodist University 21st Century Council as a board member, the Latino Hotel and Restaurant Association as a board member, the Burger King Diversity Advisory Board, and many more. Guillermo Perales has become an influential leader among his community in the Southwest and continues to have an impact through is various associations.