Guilherme Paulus: From Just an Intern to a Global Entrepreneur

Guilherme Paulus is a man who has built his hotel business one at a time to become one of the leading hoteliers in Brazil. Born in 1949, he leads the Board of Advisors of the CVC Brazil and GJP Hotels and Resorts. CVC Brazil is one of the leading tour companies in Brazil and GJP Hotels and Resorts owns a number of hotels and resorts in multiple locations in the country.

Guilherme Paulus a global businessman and hotelier began his career working as an intern at IBM. With dedication he decided to leave employment and venture into business. He started CVC in 1972, together with, his co-founder, Carlos Vicente Cerchiari when he was just 24 years of age. Ever since, he has worked hard to expand his businesses to the current state. He has demonstrated a high level of business acumen that has earned him international recognition, and made his firm the largest tour operator in Latin America.

In an interview where he highlighted how he began his company, he says that actually the idea of CVC did originate from his co-founder Vicenete Cerchiari. He goes on to say that they met on a boat trip where Vincente presented the idea of planning to open a tourist agency. The idea enthused him. Being a young man with a mind spinning of ideas, he took up the idea. He was at the time working at Casa Faro. He was tasked with finding their first location. He chose a location just adjacent to a movie theater where he believed there was enough traffic of people and they can at least see the business.

Guilherme Paulus and Carlos did the venture together for four years before Guilherme Paulus decided to venture it out on his own. Henceforth, the business expanded to other regions into something he hadn’t even bigger and successful.

CVC is currently a highly recognized tourist operator across the world. In the 2000s, When Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the then president of Brazil made an agreement with the French government granting visas to France, CVC opened its first branch in the country.

Mr. Guilherme Paulus opened his first hotel business in 1995, leading to the establishment of GJP Hotels and resorts, a network of hotels and resorts with operations across Brazil in 2005. One of his main business success modules is his ability to associate with his clients and employees in an effort to understand their needs.

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