A Look At Two Major Brazilian Companies Guilherme Paulus Started
When CVC Brasil Operadora opened its doors in 1972 it was a small tour operator. Its co-founders were Guilherme Paulus and his business partner Carlos Vicente Cerchiari. Cerchiari left this company after a few years and Guilherme Paulus used his innovation and collaborating with others to build CVC into what it is today. He is originally from Sao Paulo and has a degree in business administration.
After not too many years CVC became the biggest tour operator in Brazil and then Latin America. He has built partnerships throughout the world including in the United States, South America, Europe, and the Caribbean. His company now has 30,000 partnerships including those with land and sea carriers, airlines, and hotels. Guilherme Paulus has received international acclaim including having been honored by the French government in 2012. Other recognitions include the magazine Viagem e Turismo calling him Personality of the Year and being named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by IstoÉ Dinheiro Magazine. Visit Guilherme Paulus at Forbes for more info.
In 2009 he sold a large part of CVC to Carlyle Group which is a global investment fund. He said at the time that he thought they could take his company to the next level. He kept 8% of CVC and sold the rest which earned him $750 million. In 2013 CVC had its initial public offering and is now trading on the Brazilian stock market.
Not willing to rest on his laurels, Guilherme Paulus opened what would become a major Brazilian hotel chain in 2005, GJP Hotels and Resorts. He has a chain of three to five star hotels and resorts located in Brazil’s major tourist destinations. He also opened Saint Andrews which is a luxury resort in Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul. Some of these are golf hotels and one of them, the Wish Resort Golf Convention, was named by the World Golf Awards as the best golf course and hotel in Brazil in 20107. He is also opening his first condominium project near this golf course which will be upscale and include 109 residential units.