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Guillermo Perales

Guillermo Perales is President and CEO of Sun Holdings LLC. He manages more than 395 units, which provide more than 10,000 jobs and serve more than 50 million meals per year. Since its founding in 1997, Sun Holdings has had an annual growth rate of 50 percent. In 2012, the company was ranked among the top 10 in the Restaurant Finance Monitor and the Top 20 in the Hispanic Business 500, and he is the largest Latino restaurant franchisee in the U.S. He now operates 71 Popeyes franchises, making him the second-largest Popeyes franchisee in the country. He also operates 33 Golden Corrals, 46 CiCi’s, 6 Del Tacos, and 167 Burger Kings. He is ranked as the largest Golden Corral and CiCi’s franchisee and the fourth-largest Burger King franchisee. His latest endeavor was acquiring 52 Arby’s restaurants and 12 T-Mobile stores. Among his many awards, Guillermo has been featured four times in Latino Leaders magazine’s 101 List as one of the most influential Latinos in the U.S. He has also been recognized by Ernst & Young through its 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was honored with the International Business Achievement Award for his commitment to promoting the North Texas region and expanding international ties. Most recently, he became President of the International Hispanic Franchisee Association (IHFA). Guillermo’s strong commitment to community prompted the co-founding of the Latin American/DFW Fund to raise money for Latino-based programs and initiatives that support education and provide incentives for Latino students to stay in school, a cause Guillermo believes is crucial.


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