Starting a business in Brazil is never easy. And growing an international business from Brazil was unheard. Well, that was before Guilherme Paulus. The Brazilian entrepreneur dominated the tourism industry in Brazil by leading his company the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. (CVC) to become the largest tour operator in Latin America.
The Life of Guilherme Paulus took a sweet turn at the age of 24 when he encountered Mr. Carlos Vincente back in 1972. Carlos shared his business idea on how he intended to transform the tourism industry in Brazil. Guilherme Paulus listened keenly and was marveled by the concept. The two gentlemen shared thoughts on how they would work together.
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Even with so much interest in the project, Guilherme did not have the money to invest in the business. However, Carlos Vincente, working as a local government official at the time decided to fund the whole business with an agreement that Guilherme would run it. The two gentlemen had one thing in common; they loved their country so much to invest in it. It took time, but Guilherme grew CVC as he opened several stores all around Brazil.
Guilherme Paulus took any opportunity that he saw to invest in his country. In 2005, he put $600 million behind his new venture the GJP Hotels and Resorts. With this investment, he was able to secure jobs for more than 5000 Brazilians in his 14 hotels and resorts.
One year down the line, Guilherme Paulus saw another opportunity to invest. He bought the airline company Webjet in 2006. During this time, the company had only one charter plane. Guilherme worked at increasing the number of shuttle planes. By the time he sold the company, it was already the third largest airline in Brazil with more than 20 airplanes.
Mr. Guilherme admits that his countrymen, his employees, and long-time advisors are the reason why he continually invests in his country Brazil. He as well stays attached to his community as his business supports several social programs. One good Example is PIET, where people receive training to become leaders in the tourism industry.