Entrepreneur Guilherme Paulus was just 24 when he co-founded CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. He co-founded this tour company in 1972 along with a Brazilian politician who decided to leave this company in 1976. Since that time CVC has grown into the biggest company in its industry and he has become a billionaire. He also founded another company in 2005, GJP Hotels and Resorts, and now operates more than 15 resorts and hotels in the biggest tourist spots in Brazil. While Guilherme Paulus sold about 64% of CVC in 2009 to private equity firm Carlyle Group he remains as the chairman of the board. Find out more about Paulus at Exame.
In 2017 he spoke at the Top Seller Event where he spoke about entrepreneurship. During his speech, he said that he started out his professional career working for IBM as one of their computer trainees. Guilherme Paulus said that while he learned quite a bit from this position he decided that working for other companies wasn’t what he wanted out of life. He said that he spotted an ad one day in a newspaper about a tourist company and decided then and there that was the industry he wanted to work in.
Guilherme Paulus says that early on he tagged along with a French tourist group on their first trip to Buenos Aires. He discovered that the trip was actually pretty boring. He decided to start setting up activities for these tourists to do in order to bring some joy to the trip and it turned out to be a roaring success. He said that as soon as these people returned to France and started talking about their trip and his company the sales have never since stopped flowing in.
Due to his work with CVC and GJP Group, Guilherme Paulus was recently honored by
IstoÉ Dinheiro Magazine. He was named as their “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the services industry and was featured on their front cover. Some of the resorts he has developed have won awards as well, such as his Wish Resort Golf Convention which was named as the best resort in Brazil in 2016 by World Travel Awards. Visit: http://www.abramark.com.br/web-portfolio/guilherme-paulus/