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, 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.
While still in graduate school, he was made a principal in a real estate firm and led the nation in sales.
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 law firms and several foreign governments. In addition, he has successfully transacted business with both the Church and Bank of England.
On October 12, 2021, Dan became a UK citizen, while also maintaining his US citizenship. He had also announced that day that he will be opening an exploratory committee to ascertain the probability of him attaining UK public office.
Though he still travels extensively with his wife Sally, throughout the US, Asia, Africa, South America and Europe over seeing charitable and business interests, he still gives his week-long exclusive QLA High Performance Business Success Seminars at his 15TH century storybook home Guthrie Castle, Scotland. His three grown children, Kelly, Derrick and Danny all live in the US, pursuing their own interests.
Dan Peña currently serves as Chairman of his personal holding and other growing companies in various industries in the US, Europe, Canada and Asia.