From Business Major to Golf Executive
- Major: Finance, real estate and law
- Class Of: 1985
While a student at Cal Poly Pomona, Joe Guerra’s studies left him little free time to hit a few golf balls. These days, the man Golf Magazine proclaims as one of the most powerful people in golf does more than swing a club.
After earning his business degree, Guerra worked in the real estate industry before being named co-president and chief executive officer of Santa Monica-based American Golf Corp. His next move was to Georgia, where he founded Sequoia in 2003. Guerra created one of the top 10 golf companies in the world and was, president and CEO of Georgia-based Sequoia Golf Holdings which owned a portfolio of country clubs that included 50 properties.
In 2014, Sequoia was sold to ClubCorp, a leading owner and operator of private golf and country clubs in North America. Guerra is currently serving as senior advisor to ClubCorp.
Along the way, Guerra has made time for his alma mater and philanthropic pursuits. He sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Business Administration. In 2011, in an effort to build awareness for the game of golf and its values to youth, Guerra announced the launch of the Sequoia Charitable Foundation.