Guilherme Paulus is a great entrepreneur, a testament to his early forays into entrepreneurship at the age of 24 to start the leading travel agency, CVC who also doubles up as the president of GJP Hotels Network. His business shave earned him a net worth of $1.1 billion as at March 2013 and a spot in the Forbes list of billionaires.
Guilherme Paulus was born in 1949 in Sao Paulo and is a married father of two. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has over 50 years’ experience in the tourism industry at the moment. He started out as an intern at IBM before he was proposed to follow his dream by starting his tourism company.
Guilherme Paulus is for the idea that one should seek advice and be open to ideas from interested parties. He sought advice when he branched to start CVC in 1972, and also partnered with companies selling vacations and trips and this helped CVC grow in leaps.
Innovation is the key to staying relevant to entrepreneurship. CVC had to create a presence online with the advent of the internet, expanded CVC to all states in Brazil, and is one of the firms with the widest portfolio of products offering to customers today. He has investments in the aviation (over 20 planes) and hotel industries (over 15 hotels and resorts), in which he has performed exemplary, coming just in time for the 2014 world cup when Brazil had many visitors. He also advised on the importance of satisfying a customer so as to retain one for good.
Guilherme roped in investments funds through bringing Carlyle Group to buy into CVC in 2009 that saw CVC listing in the stock exchange. Corporate social responsibility is an important thing to Guilherme Paulus. He led CVC to support the PIET project in Foz Do Iguacu, sponsors the National Project of Professional Initiation in Tourism, and supports the Dr. Klaide Care and Education institution.
His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed as he has been honored by several governments including Brazil, French, United States, Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela for tourism efforts.