Guilherme Paulus, The IBM Intern That Became Brazils Hotel Mogul

Guilherme Paulus is a global entrepreneur, a Brazilian hotelier, and the head of the Board of Advisors of the Brazilian company CVC Brasil and GJP Hotels and Resorts. It is a line of resorts and hotels that can be found throughout Brazil. Paulus started his career as an intern at IBM and is now one of the most respected and influential businessmen in the country.

At present, GJP Hotels and Resorts controls more than 20 hotels and resorts. It has hotels in prime spots like São Paulo, Salvador, Maceió, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro. The company currently employs more than 5,000 employees. Since 1995 when Paulus opened his first hotel, more than ninety-five thousand people have gone through the doors of his resorts and hotels.

Who is Guilherme Paulus?

Guilherme de Jesus Paulus was born in 1949 in Sao Paolo. He took up business administration in the university and worked as an intern at the age of 20 at IBM. In 1972, he met Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, a local government official who has a vision of increasing the number of tourists in Brazil. Paulus was very interested in his idea but had no money to invest. Cerchiari suggested an agreement with Paulus. They formed a new business called CVC or Operadora e Agencia de Viagens CVC Tour Ltda. Since he has no investment, Paulus will be in charge of the operation. The partners opened their first storefront in 1972 in Sao Paolo and continued for four additional years before they separated.

Guilherme Paulus sold a part of his business to Carlyle Group in 2009. He opened to investors his global investment fund through the stock exchange in 2013. At present, CVC has annual revenue of about $5.2 billion. Paulus is also looking forward to opening 100 stores each year. He also worked with the Omni Channel to incorporate online vendors with physical stores.

His contribution to the tourism and business industry is well recognized in Brazil. Guilherme Paulus received numerous citations, recognition, and awards. This includes Executive of Valor given by Valor Economico. He was also awarded by Modern Consumer Magazine the Revolutionary Consumer Relations. Viagem e Turismo of Editora Abril named him Personality of the Year. Just recently, he was hailed by Isto E Dinheiro as the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year. Operadora de turismo fundada por Guilherme Paulus adquire duas empresas argentinas do setor

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