Born in Adana in 1964, Süleyman Sönmez completed his primary and secondary education in this city. After his secondary education, he graduated from Anadolu University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration. Sönmez, who started his business life in Sönmez Tekstil, which is a family company, continued his business life in the international arena with Sönmez Textil GMBH, which he founded in Germany in 1992. Has also founded Süleyman Sönmez STS Group Building Systems Ltd. Şti.
Sönmez served as President of Adana Young Businessmen Association (AGİAD) from 1999 to 2002, as Vice President of the Confederation of Turkish Young Businessmen from 2000 to 2002, and as President of the Adana Industrialists and Businessmen Association (ADSİAD) in 2011. He also served as President Adana Golf Club that he founded in 2013 and President of the Çukurova Industry and Business Federation (ÇUKUROVASİFED).
Sönmez served as the Vice President of the Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TÜRKONFED) during 2015-2021 and served as the President of ÇUKUROVASİFED currently as the President of Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TÜRKONFED)