Guilherme Paulus has had an exceptional and enviable career. It started with him having his degree in Business Administration and joining Casa Faro Turismo in 1971. While working, his experience with a small group of French tourists would create a spark that Guilherme would turn into a raging fire. The French tourists were bored with not knowing what to do, Guilherme would step in and suggest a way to spend their vacation. His service was so well received that at the time of leaving, the tourists had already booked their next trip with him. View Guilherme Paulus profile at Forbes.
This ignited the drive in him which would end up with him owning what is now the largest tour operator in Latin America – CVC. Founded in 1972, Guilherme Paulus started CVC with a partner, a Brazilian politician who would eventually take his leave from the partnership.
Guilherme, alone at the helm of CVC would take the predicament as an opportunity and spend the next forty years taking CVC to unimaginable highs.
In 2009, Guilherme would part with 63.6% of CVC in a sale to global private equity company – Carlyle Group. The sale would net Guilherme Paulus $420 million, yet allow him to stay on as the chairman of CVC. He would demonstrate his ability to turn any situation into a positive when he took control of struggling aviator – WebJet, which only had a fleet size of one aeroplane and turned it into the 3rd largest domestic aviation company in Brazil, with a fleet size of 20 aeroplanes at the time of its sale to Gol.
His mind has always been active, in spite of CVC’s incredible growth, Guilherme Paulus continued to look into what his beloved country required as the times changed. He noticed how the tourism sector in Brazil needed a boost and founded the GJP Group of Hotels and Resorts which now owns sought after tourist spots across the nation and employs upwards of 2,000 people. With his involvement in the tourism sector, he quickly realized that Brazil was changing, and it’s people were demanding a higher standard of living. It was no longer a case of necessities. This realization made GJP start the construction wing of the company, aimed at building condominiums and villas, something that was being demanded by the people of his country.
His career has seen him win countless awards and honors, including a place in the Brazilian Board of Tourism, an arm of the government to which he was invited by the President, recognizing that Guilherme Paulus was the perfect expert on tourism.