Every entrepreneur needs to take one major leap in the career to be successful. Those who linger just above failure usually end up working for someone else. Guilherme Paulus is not the type of business leader who sits by and lets others capitalize on his opportunities.
Guilherme Paulus got his start by chance. He was on a ship trip and happened to meet Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, a then state deputy. They started talking, and Cerchiari mentioned something about wanting to one day open a touring agency in Santo Andre. Though he worked at Casa Faro at the time, Paulus always dreamt of owning his own company.
After the trip, the two stayed in contact and eventually decided to go into business together. For Cerchiari, even opening a little store in Santo Andre was risky, as Paulus had no money and little experience. Still, he trusted his instincts, and it paid off. Within four years of opening, Cerchiari left the business to pursue his own endeavors, but Guilherme Paulus still operates CVC Brasil Operadora to this day.
These days, Guilherme Paulus’s schedule is nothing but meetings, conference calls, and traveling. Once CVC was established, Paulus launched GJP Hotels and Resorts, a company with more than 20 properties throughout Brazil. The GJP brand has seen more than 100,000 people walk through one of its many doors. Paulus visits each location throughout the year, meeting with employees and customers to ensure the GJP brand is going beyond customers’ expectations.
Running two of Brazil’s largest tourism-related businesses can be stressful. Each morning, Paulus wakes up thankful for his position in life and looks out on the day with optimism and renewed energy. He goes over his daily and weekly schedule, even writing it by hand when things seem too chaotic.
Thankfully, one of Paulus’s passions, technology, makes his life more comfortable, as the speed of information exchange has increased over the decades. Now, he can attend meetings via video conference while on a plane to one of GJP’s properties. Operadora de turismo fundada por Guilherme Paulus adquire duas empresas argentinas do setor