Jerry D. Guess is founder, president and chief executive officer of Guess & Co. Corporation, the premier leader in the revitalization and service of rural communities and neighboring urban areas through technology, real estate, energy, health care and diversified solutions. Mr. Guess has over 20 years of business, professional, and government experience. A serial entrepreneur, he started his first business when he was 12 years old. He launched a public relations and marketing firm at the age of 15 years old. When he was 16 years old, he started a holding company that grew rapidly within a few months. Mr. Guess began acquiring companies when he was 17 years of age. He served as president and chief operating officer of an internet service provider and successfully launched the company's platform ahead of schedule. Mr. Guess was chairman and CEO of a diversified small business consulting firm that grew to multiple offices in less than 12 months. He has been chairman and president of a general contractor focused on commercial building and high-end residential properties. His government experience includes a supervisory level position with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau in which he was in charge of field teams for statistical data collection operations. Mr. Guess is the principal co-founder of a company that operates businesses that provide employment to disadvantaged persons including those with criminal records, welfare recipients, and individuals with disabilities. Despite his own personal setbacks, Mr. Guess decided to launch a mission-driven company when he founded Guess & Co. Corporation in 2017 as part of his second chance. Determined to positively impact society, Mr. Guess assembled a Board of Directors and management team while initially serving in a non-executive capacity as a principal and being a close adviser to the company. Mr. Guess completed business coursework at Adams State University. The Board of Directors appointed Mr. Guess to the position of chief executive officer of Guess & Co. Corporation in January of 2019 and he assumed the president position in May of 2021. As president and chief executive officer, Mr. Guess leads the company and oversees its direction.
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