Guilherme Paulus: From Intern to Entrepreneur

Today, hotelier and entrepreneur, Guilherme Paulus, is the head of the Brazilian tour company, CVC Brasil, as well as GJP Hotels and Resorts, which operates more than 20 locations throughout the country. Prior to becoming one of the leading entrepreneurs in Brazil, Guilherme Paulus worked for IBM as an intern, but it was a chance meeting with Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, another prominent Brazilian businessman, that led him to into the tour agency business. After opening his first hotel in 1995, Mr. Paulus has grown his business into a national powerhouse with over 5,000 employees.Over the years, Guilherme Paulus has experienced a myriad of successes as a hotelier and entrepreneur, and he attributes his leadership ability to remain productive to his extreme optimism and continuous gratitude.

This optimism and fearlessness have helped him to bring his ideas to life consistently, as he often takes an “act-first” approach. In his estimation, putting his ideas into practice, while consistently remaining faithful in his endeavors and his investment approach, are key elements to his continued success. Putting in “the time and energy,” while also emanating love and passion in his  work, has allowed him, as an entrepreneur, to consistently manifest his business dreams into realities. Taking his business to new heights is a constant goal of Guilherme Paulus, and the many advancements taking place regarding budding technology has brought him considerable excitement.

The speed in which technological advancements are allowing information to be exchanged has allowed Mr. Paulus and GJP Hotels and Resorts to create a more solid dynamic with his consumer satisfaction, effectively making it possible for him to address their needs rapidly and efficiently.While there are a number of habits that contribute to Guilherme Paulus’ ability to remain productive, he credits his productive ability to physically travel to his various business locations as a prime factor. This allows him to stay close to his real client base, developing relationships with employees and customers, alike. When reflecting on his past successes and failures, he highlights the increased willingness to seek and accept advice, as a point that he would stress to his younger self.

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