1. Dan as a 5 year old boy in East Los Angeles, California (1950)

    Barrio Bad Boy

    Daniel S. Peña Sr. was born in August 10, 1945 in Jacksonville, Florida, to parents Manuel and Amy Peña. His family later moved to East Los Angeles, California, where he spent his formative years in the barrio. Crime and violence were common place back in the day, so it is inevitable that almost everyone living in that rough part of the neighborhood would learn how to stand up for themselves at a young age.

    He was expelled from grammar school on three different occasions. Once for dropping an aquarium from the second floor on a teacher below (fortunately the teacher stepped to the side and it missed and the teacher didn't receive any fatal injuries), another time for breaking the glasses of a classmate (they were literally made of glass and were shattered) and yet a third time for breaking his classmate's arm.

    Dan's father, Manuel, was a police officer who didn't tolerate any nonsense from his kids; he believed in tough love and tough love is exactly what Dan received. When Dan acted out in high school and was repeatedly jailed for various alcoholic incidents, Dan's father let him sit in jail…after he told his police force friends to beat Dan up. They taught Dan a lesson, but it wasn't until he was named an officer (and a gentleman) by the US Congress that he straightened out and became the high performance individual he is today.

  2. 2nd Lieutenant Officer Candidate School Graduation (1967)

    Military Officer and Sportsman

    Peña had a distinguished career with the US army, entering voluntarily as a private and graduating from Infantry Officer's Candidate School (OCS) a 2nd lieutenant at Fort Benning, Georgia, serving as Military Police, Intelligence Officer and Security Officer at NATO Headquarters during the late 60s. After serving in the Army, he returned to college and finished his degree in 2.5 years.

    Mr. Peña is also an active sportsman, having received the Bronze Show Award, 1976, from Los Angeles Athletic club, and the Award of Merit in 1977 from Sports Illustrated. He was featured in People's Court Judge Joseph Wapner's book, "A View from the Bench" as one of the most courageous cases he adjudicated in his thirty-year career.

  3. Photo taken at the University of Chester before his talk in campus (2017)

    The Business Man

    Daniel S. Peña is Chairman and Founder of The Guthrie Group (TGG), an investment consortium specializing in facilitating transactions, founded in 1997. With offices in the UK and Asia it has acted as principal, advisor and agent to global and regional companies and institutions. Mr. Peña was also founder, former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Western Resources Inc., (GWRI), a Houston-based natural resource company public on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). At the time of Mr. Peña's decision to retire, GWRI was operational in the US, the Gulf of Mexico, the UK and South America and had a public market capitalization of $450 million (approximately $1 billion today), with interests in coal, and oil and gas exploration and production, drilling and construction pipeline. At the time, the company was acquired in January 1997, he was the biggest individual shareholder. In an 8-year period, starting with only $820, Mr. Peña grew Great Western Resources to $450 million while energy prices collapsed, the price of oil dropped from $40 to less than $8 per barrel and more than 10,000 energy companies in the US alone went out of business. During this massive energy decline GWRI grew a phenomenal 55 million percent.

    Prior to Mr. Peña's founding of GWRI, he was the Chairman of JPK Industries, Inc., a vertically integrated company in the petroleum industry, involved in oil and gas drilling, operating, production, crude oil refining and marketing. As cofounder, he helped grow the company to $50,000,000 in three years. Prior to JPK Industries, he was with the investment banking firm of Bear Stearns and Co. where he advised clients throughout the US and internationally

    Subsequent to this tenure at Bear Stearns where he dealt with clients from all over the world, he served as President and CEO of Kennedy Industries Inc., a company with major interests in real estate, insurance, financial services, and the entertainment industry. While in the entertainment business Kennedy Industries was involved in TV/movie production and investment. During this time, various entertainers and actors were employed and, or engaged: Tony Curtis; Bob Goulet, Dolly Parton; Hoyt Axton; Bob Guccione; Dick Martin; Martin Landau; Karen Black; Peter O'Toole; Nick Nolte; Malcolm McDowell; Helen Mirren; John Gielgud; amongst others.

    Since leaving Wall Street and while building his own companies exponentially, Peña has successfully negotiated transactions with many multinationals, all BIG 4 accountancy firms, many major international financial institutions and many governments. In addition, he has successfully transacted business with both the Church and Bank of England.

  4. Photo of Dan wearing his Scottish Kilt at Guthrie Castle (2017)

    Laird of Guthrie Castle

    Guthrie Castle is a castle and country house in Angus, Scotland. It is in the village of Guthrie, 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) east of Forfar, and 29 kilometers (18 mi) north-east of Dundee. The castle dates to the 15th century, although much of the present building is of 19th-century origin.

    The grounds of the castle extend to 156 acres which includes a loch, a horseshoe-shaped walled garden dating from 1614 and a 9-hole golf course with a 160-year-old hedge shaped as a Celtic Cross.

    In 1984 Guthrie Castle was purchased by Daniel S. Peña, Sr., an American businessman. Peña restored the inside of the castle to its 19th-century condition, and built a golf course within the estate in 1994/95. In 2003, the castle and its grounds were opened to the public, for wedding parties, corporate functions and for group bookings. But in the year 2017, Mr. Peña decided that it will no longer be open to the public and will remain a private estate.

  5. Photo of Dan during one of his QLA Castle Seminars

    50 Billion Dollar Man

    Dan Peña is the founder of Quantum Leap Advantage (QLA), the revolutionary method for super success with over 24 years of proven track record that has produced $50 Billion of equity/value, since 1993! Peña with his mentees and devotees has created an unprecedented level of super successful mentees/devotees that have produced from 7 figures to 11 figures wealth creation in various industries around the world! Peña's principle instrument of success is his QLA Mentor Program used in conjunction with the step by step QLA Methodology that he personally used to create $450 Million! Together with laser beam focus, Peña has mentored and coached countless to achieve their dreams.

    He was also retained as a consultant to bring QLA methodology to one of the top 25 companies in the world, where Peña mentored for 10 years Dr. Klaus Kleinfeld, who became CEO of NEOM, Former President/CEO of Siemens; Former Chairman/CEO of Alcoa; Former Chairman/CEO of Arconic.

    Many other known mentees have been even more successful under his mentorship, such as the following:

    • Mike Dusi – Pizza Boy Turned Director/Movie Producer
    • Brian Rose – Host of London Real and London Live
    • Matt Pocius – Youngest, Highest paid Internet marketing consultant in the world
    • Michael Pilarczyk – Personal Performance Teacher
    • Thelma Box – Creator and founder of Choices Seminar
    • Matt Lloyd – Founder of MOBE
    • Shaqir Hussyin- DOT COM MULTI- Millionaire and Top marketer for MOBE
    • Dan Lok – Serial Entrepreneur and Millionaire Mentor
    • Ron LeGrand – Former Auto Mechanic Turned Real Estate Millionaire
    • Shawn Casey – Lawyer Turned CEO Turned Internet Marketing Guru

    Mr. Peña is an extremely dynamic and powerful speaker, motivator, and grand master entrepreneur. His Quantum Leap Advantage™ high performance business success seminars have been in demand in the United States, Canada and Europe. His seminars have been sponsored by various US and foreign universities and corporations such as Dell as well as The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). In recent years, since retiring, he has given keynote addresses, interactive workshops, seminars and conferences on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific on building businesses exponentially and has been recognized as a "super success high performance business coach" and mentor.

    He has also been keynote speaker at the prestigious De Amstel Club in Amsterdam and The World Trade Center Clubs both in Rotterdam and Amsterdam where his topic was "Explosive Growth". Mr. Peña also led The Executive Studies (London) series Chief Executive Program featuring the "21st Century Boardroom and Quantum Growth". He was also retained as a consultant to bring QLA methodology to one of the top 25 companies in the world, where Peña mentored for 10 years Dr. Klaus Kleinfeld, who became CEO of Siemens, AG, in 2005. At the time Siemens had over 400,000 employees and annual revenue/turnover of $95 billion. Dan Peña currently serves as Chairman of his personal holding and other growing companies in various industries in the US, EU and Asia.

    Though he still travels extensively with his wife Sally, throughout the US, Asia, South America and Europe over seeing business interests, he still gives QLA High Performance Business Success Seminars at his home Guthrie Castle, Scotland. His three grown children, Kelly, Derrick and Danny all live in the US, pursuing their own interests.

  6. TOP: Primary school in Rwanda, Africa
    BOTTOM: Holy Family Home Makati Foundation (Philippines)

    The Philanthropist

    • He has been a lecturer for the Continuing Education for CPA's program and has taught pro bono a yearlong course to minority business students on entrepreneurism at his alma mater, California State University, Northridge

    • He also volunteered his time to rebuild LA subsequent to the devastating riots near his childhood home in Los Angeles and served at the request of the Mayor on the Executive Committee for The Alliance for a Safer LA

    • Peña has been a major benefactor (through The Charlie Soladay Award, named after his deceased partner and The University of Texas graduate, J. Charles Soladay) to the Moot Corp.'s International Entrepreneurial Challenge at the University of Texas, at Austin

    • He is now offering to speak or give talks in universities worldwide for FREE - to inspire students to become all they can be regardless of their current status in life

    • He participates in various charitable activities, such as:

    A) Holy Family Home Makati Foundation (Philippines)
    B) Saint Teresa Orphanages in the Philippines, namely:
    -Missionaries Of Charity - Home Of Joy For The Sick Children
    -Missionaries of Charity – Home for the Sick, Abandoned and the Dying Destitute
    C) Primary school in Rwanda
    D) Holy Family mi ssion in Sri Lanka
    E) Fighting Blindness
    F) Student Athlete High School Scholarships in name of Dan's father, Manuel S. Peña, at Lincoln High School in East LA (USA)
    G) Wounded Warriors in the USA

  7. Dan makes the cover of "Hispanic Business" in 1981 while with JPK Industries

    Awards and Recognitions

    • He has been on the roster of Who's Who in America

    • Nominee for INC magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1989

    • Chairman and major shareholder of Success Development, Inc. (SDI), a company on INC's 500, 1996 and 1997 list of fastest growing privately held companies (#152 and #195 respectively) in the US

    • Chairman and stockholder of the company which was presented with the "MKB Innovation Prize of 1998" award for company of the year by the Economic minister of the Netherlands (Holland)

    • CEO of that same company was nominated "European Entrepreneur of the year, 1999"

    • He was appointed to the US Presidential Roundtable Senatorial Commission in 1991

    • He has served on the Alumni Association Board of California State University, Northridge, where he graduated with a BS in Business Administration in 1971

    • 1981 Latin Business Association Outstanding Business Owner

    • 1994 John Regan Award for Excellence" by the Center of Entrepreneurial Management

    • American International Real Estate Expo and Conference (AIREEC) USA 2008 "Man of the Year Award"

    • 2008 AIREEC "Inspirational Leadership Award"

    • He has been featured in many US publications such as the Los Angeles Times (an article which won the Pulitzer Prize)

    • He was also featured on dozens of UK publications such as The Times, and The Financial Times, along with the Dutch publications OBJEKT, Bouwteam and Limburg Bagblad. He was also featured on US, UK, Chinese, Philippine and German television

    • He is a member of the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles where he was inducted as the first minority member in 1981! This landmark event was 6 years ahead of the Federal Mandate to accept minorities in 1987! He is also a former member of The London Capital Club, The Clermont Club, The Ritz Club and Mosimann's in London.

    • He also received the Bronze Show Award, 1976, from Los Angeles Athletic club, and the Award of Merit in 1977 from Sports Illustrated

    • Finalist for the 1997 Telly Awards for his talk called "Quantum Leap Advantage"

    • Recipient of the "Order Of St John" appointed by Her Majesty The Queen (October 2017), Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC