Guilherme Paulus is the co-founder of CVC Brasil Operadora and founder and chairman of GJP Hotels and Resorts. A renowned chain of resorts and hotels that employs over 5,000 workers and has welcomed over 95,000 guests since its start in 1995. Twenty-four successful years later, the chain of resorts and hotels currently operates over 20 hotels and resorts in Brazil.
An avid student of business, Guilherme Paulus started career as an intern at IBM. But, while working at IBM was a dream come true, he had an incredible entrepreneurial drive and ambition to serve community members. Plus he always had a vision of tourism in Brazil. So when Carlos Vicente pitched him the idea of bringing tourism to Brazil, he was immediately sold on the idea. But since he was only 24 years old at the time, he didn’t have any money to invest in the venture. So Vicente offered to invest with the understanding that Guilherme Paulus would be on top of the day to day operations.
The two opened their first store in Sao Paulo in 1972 and continued their partnership for four years before Carlos Vicente departed from operations. And while having one store was no doubt magnificent, the sky was the limit for Guilherme Paulus.
So he continued to open even more stores in Brazil. In 2009, Guilherme had the idea of taking the company public and sold 63% of the company’s shares to make that dream a reality. And in 2013, CVC started to trade as a public company. Thus raising more capital for growth. Right now, CVC has about 1,200 storefronts around the world and more than 3,000 dedicated employees who work towards CVC’s vision.
But it’s not all business with Guilherme. He also values social accountability and has an undying drive to serve the community. As a result, his company has participated in various noble causes. These include donating funds for medical care and educational classes. Also, CVC provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. And especially those who would want to work in the tourism industry in the future.
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