Monday, 12 January 2015

Guillermo Perales - Prestigious Business Organizations



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.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Guillermo Perales: Successful Hispanic Entrepreneur



Guillermo Perales is a highly dedicated, highly motivated business professional currently operating one of the largest restaurant franchise companies in the United States. Originally from Mexico, he pursued his undergraduate education from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education before immigrating to the United States of America. Once he arrived, he enrolled in the prestigious university, Texas A&M in order to obtain his Master’s degree in business administration. His education paved the way for his success in the restaurant franchise industry, and it provided him with the skills necessary to become the largest Latino franchise operator in the country. He founded Sun Holding, Inc in 1997 after opening his first Golden Corral restaurant, and he knew he was ready for success. In just 17 years of operation, Guillermo was able to generate an annual growth rate of 50 percent for his company, and create a business portfolio consisting of over 400 restaurant locations in four states. He has been recognized for numerous accomplishments within the industry, as well as his philanthropic involvement in his community. He is also a member of various organizations dealing with both business and community betterment. In the year of 2014, Sun Holdings was ranked 7th multi unit brand by Multi Unit Franchisee Magazine, and 1st largest North Texas Hispanic owned buinsess and largest North Texas minority owned business by the Dallas Business Journal.

Guillermo Perales has become of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United States. He is dedicated, hard working, and motivated to build upon the ongoing success of his franchise company while providing a better community for the people around him. He owns a number restaurant locations for the chains, Burger King, Popeye’s, Golden Corral, Cici’s Pizza, Arby’s, Krispy Kreme, T-Mobile, and many more. Guillermo Perales is also heavily involved in airport development and hopes to open many of his restaurant chains in new airport locations. In the year of 2013, he achieved the American Dream Award.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Guillermo Perales Goes Mobile

Guillermo Perales is the president, founder and CEO of Sun Holdings LLC. If you have not heard of Sun Holdings LLC, you have certainly heard of some of the businesses they own and manage: Popeye’s, Cici’s, Krispy Kreme, Burger King, Golden Corral, to name a few. In fact Guillermo Perales grew his company from one holding with a small business loan of $100,000, which he used to purchase a Golden Corral franchise back in 1997, into a huge holdings company with over 400 franchises throughout the region. Guillermo Perales himself is now the largest Latino franchisee in the country and one of the 10 largest operators in the US. And he’s not done just yet.

Recently, Guillermo Perales made the jump into a whole new vertical, purchasing several T-Mobile franchises. Currently, with one store open in a Hispanic neighborhood in Dallas, Guillermo Perales plans to open at least a dozen more around the area in the next few years. The move into mobile makes sense for Guillermo Perales, who has had a golden touch in everything he has done so far. Mobile is a fast-expanding market, and T-Mobile is one of the premier providers, so Guillermo Perales took advantage of a good opportunity and jumped on it.

Known for his business sense and drive, Guillermo Perales has made Sun Holdings into one of the premier franchisees in the country. His successes have resulted in his receiving an array of awards large and small, including Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst and Young. Guillermo Perales works with integrity and skill to make his company great.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

A Profile of Sun Holdings CEO Guillermo Perales



Guillermo Perales is the largest minority franchise operator and is among the 10 largest operators in the USA, and he is the President and CEO of Sun Holdings LLC. After receiving his education from a university in Mexico and his MBA from Texas A&M, Guillermo Perales went into business for himself, obtaining a Golden Corral franchise with a $100,000 SBA loan he was able to acquire. From that humble beginning, Guillermo Perales has grown his company into the largest Latino franchisee in the United States and one of the largest overall, managing and operating over 400 franchises from Popeye’s to Cici’s to Burger King and more. All this, Guillermo Perales was able to accomplish in the span of a decade and a half, an impressive feat that has earned the businessman a slew of awards, notably Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2008.

In 2012, the Latino Hotel and Restaurant Association gave Guillermo Perales a lifetime achievement award for his amazing successes. Through it all, Guillermo Perales has maintained his trademark blend of confidence and poise, inspiring those around him to great things through his tireless energy and drive.

Guillermo Perales operates 72 Popeye’s franchises, making him the second largest franchisee of that company. He operates 172 Burger Kings, making him the fourth largest operator of that franchise, and the largest minority operator. In just the past year, Guillermo Perales‘s company has expanded from 250 restaurants to over 400, and the growth is exponential. Guillermo Perales does it all with an integrity and a commitment to quality that make him truly exceptional, one of the community’s most unique leaders.

2013 was a successful year for Guillermo Perales and his team at Popeye’s – more restaurants opened this year than any other since 1998!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Guillermo Perales Celebrates Over 15 Years since First Franchise



Over twenty-five years ago, in 1997, the CEO of Sun Holdings, LLC purchased his first franchise restaurant with a meager $100,000 Small Business Loan. From those humble beginnings, Guillermo Perales has proven that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the US.

Mr. Guillermo Perales, who was trained as a CPA, but graduated with an MBA from Texas A&M University after immigrating to the US, took expertise in restaurant operations and combined it with his leadership and expertise in franchise finance and created one of the largest franchise holdings companies in the US. In fact, Guillermo Perales’s Sun Holdings is one of the fastest growing Hispanic-owned companies in the US, and is also the 29th largest Hispanic company in the nation. Under the leadership of Guillermo Perales, his restaurant franchises have expanded to include the largest minority employee pool in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which includes him being the second largest Popeye’s franchisee in the nation.

Sure, his career has taken its ups and downs, but Guillermo Perales has shown what it takes to be recognized as a business leader and impactful member of the Latino community.

The dedication Guillermo Perales shows to ethical business decisions, his employees, and to making smart choices in development all started with that one franchise so many years ago. Not many people in the US can boast of such success, especially when it started in such a small way. Surely that small business loan has been paid off, but the ways that loan helped to begin the journey of this American success story will never be forgotten.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Ernst & Young Award Winner Guillermo Perales Shares Principles of Entrepreneurial Spirit



Winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008, Guillermo Perales, has not only exploded with success since being honored—he has proven that the award was well-deserved.

Guillermo Perales shares this distinction with numerous CEOs, business leaders, and professionals from across the US and the world, though he has shown a much longer history of being recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit. He has been acknowledged for his business excellence and leadership since 2005, and since then, many local and national organizations, have recognized Guillermo Perales for his business acumen, influence, and leadership in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and amongst the Latino community. Recently, Guillermo Perales expanded his portfolio once more by opening his first T-Mobile store in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in Dallas, and now the company operates 15 T-Mobile stores. He was also the recipient of the 2013 American Dream Award.

The entrepreneurial spirit might come easily to Guillermo Perales, but it doesn’t have to for others. Here is some advice he offers:

Motivate yourself. This is the most fundamental component of being an entrepreneur. No one will take over your success except yourself, so find the best things that motivate you to try new techniques, take on leadership roles, or help you see success in the future, notes Guillermo Perales.

Be willing to fail. From Henry Ford to Bill Gates, success never comes easy. Every entrepreneur knows that failing is another attempt to get it right. Just like falling, be sure you know how to fail and minimize the damage, says Guillermo Perales.

Be ethical. Guillermo Perales knows that entrepreneurs always need support for strong business visions, and the best way to get that support is by having a reputation as an ethical, fair, and smart leader. Guillermo Perales speaks from experience - Franchise Times awarded him the 2013 Franchise Dealmaker of the Year, which he was proud to receive on account of his ethics. Support in business breeds loyalty, which is a timeless measure of success in business.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Guillermo Perales and Sun Holdings: The Largest Minority Employer in the US

Guillermo Perales of Irving, Texas, is the founder and CEO of Sun Holdings, which was established in 1997. In case you are not aware, Sun Holdings and its leader Guillermo Perales are in the restaurant business. Starting with only one franchise in 1997, the savvy and smart entrepreneur Guillermo Perales took Sun Holdings to the top in the fifteen years it has been in existence. In fact, Dallas Business Journal named Sun Holdings number one of the Top 25 North Texas Minority-Owned Businesses at the beginning of 2013 - Guillermo Perales knows what he is doing!

Guillermo Perales’s Sun Holdings supports the successful establishment, management, and services offered by a wide range of family-style and fast food restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and has done so with professionalism, grace, and by employing the largest amount of minority workers in the area. The franchises that make up Sun Holdings, then, not only indicate that success occurs through growth and professionalism, but has also shown that a diverse workforce is part of the future of the entrepreneurial spirit. Guillermo Perales has leadership to spare - he has ranked as the largest Golden Corral and Cici’s Franchisee and the 4th largest Burger King Franchisee in the country! Additionally, he has recently acquired 52 Arby's restaurants.

Through his strengths in leadership, strategic business development, and fostering annual growth, Guillermo Perales has guided Sun Holdings through the most significant job growth of any company for the past five years, creating one of the largest Hispanic owned companies in the nation. Guillermo Perales, however, would be the first to recognize that none of this success was possible without the support of dedicated employees.

Amongst the almost 400 franchises that make up Sun Holdings, Guillermo Perales recognizes that employees are what create success, and that—especially as it pertains to restaurant operations—a smile, hard work, and loving what you do are always what makes for success.