State Fair Community College

Distinguished Alumni 

Sedalia business owner Jorge R. Guevara has been named SFCC’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and gave the alumni welcome to prospective graduates at the 2016 commencement.

Guevara and his family founded GUESA USA Investments in 2011. The company has developed two multimillion-dollar projects in Sedalia and one in Florida, acquired multiple properties and employs more than 200 employees in two states.

GUESA USA is an athletic sponsor for SFCC, the University of Central Missouri (UCM) and many local school and sports programs. In 2014 the company awarded $1,500 renewable scholarships to two students to attend Sacred Heart School.

Guevara is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. In 1999 he formed his first company, a mobile DJ service for private parties. In 2002 he graduated from high school and came to Sedalia as a Rotary International exchange student. During 2002-2003 he attended Sacred Heart High School, where he played soccer and baseball. He also volunteered with the Sedalia Ambulance Service, the Sedalia Police Department, the city of Sedalia, and the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department.

Guevara received a Professional Certificate in Practical Nursing in 2005, an Associate of Arts degree in 2006 and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing in 2009 from SFCC. In 2010 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance and Accounting from UCM. He joined ProEnergy Services in Sedalia, where he worked in sales and recruiting.

Jorge Guevara, 2016 Distinguished Alumni

Nomination deadline for Distinguished Alumni Award is March 10.

For guidelines and nomination form, click here.

Distinguished Alumni Recipients

2016
Jorge R. Guevara
Class of 2005, 2006 and 2009
2015
Dr. Jennifer Hargrave
Class of 1998
2014
Roger C. Austin
Class of 1986
2013
Dr. Dean Dohrman
Class of 1987
2012
Tom Gerke
Class of 1976
2011
James Trujillo, Jr. 
Class of 2004
2010
Saundra Overton
Classes of 1984 and 1989
2009
Debbie Noland
Class of 1972
2008
Nellie K. Owen, DVM
Class of 1991
2007
Marlin G. Hammond
Class of 1972
2006
David C. Furnell
Class of 1981
2005
Peggy Richardson
Class of 1977
2004
Susan Horton
Classes of 1979, 1980, and 1994
2003
Elaine Paxton
Class of 1971
2002
Dennis Shull
Class of 1980
2001
Eric Yazell
Class of 1987
2000
Brad Schnackenberg
Class of 1989
1999
Brad Dittmer
Class of 1979
1998
James Rennison
Class of 1974
1997
Jane Luper
Class of 1975
1996
Patricia Gillman
Class of 1988
1995
Evelyn Jorgenson
Class of 1972
1994
Tony Claxton
Class of 1980
1993
Barry Guier
Class of 1977
1992
Leonard Dixon
Class of 1977
1991
Ruth Elmore
Class of 1982
1990
Cam Jennings
Class of 1974
1989
Thomas Deuschle
Class of 1978
1988
Josephine Dey
Class of 1979
1987
Debbie Biermann
Class of 1973

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