Guilherme Paulus’ most notable quote “Prizes Are My Rewards, Obstacles Are My Challenges” offers a glimpse into his mindset. Most notably is that obstacles are his challenges. What may often be described by others as a brick wall preventing them from going forward is only seen as a challenge by Guilherme Paulus. He understands that a problem can be solved, minimized, or overcome rather than simply viewing it as something that cannot. This strong and positive mindset helps to explain Paulus’ success with CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A.
Initially, the entrepreneur sold his vision for tours in Brazil after getting someone who also believed in that vision to invest. Starting with a storefront near a movie theater where movie goers could easily see and learn more about various adventures and travel around Brazil, things took off from there. Showcasing the country’s beauty and culture, Guilherme Paulus soon expanded to large shopping malls, increasing the company’s reach and profits. Two decades later, the company was taken public for just over $750 million dollars. The company has not lost sight of how it built it’s success and employs about 3,000 people in approximately 1,200 stores around Brazil. The storefronts allow clients to easily get information and answers about taking various tours in an informative, pleasant and low pressure manner that has worked for CVC for decades.
In 2005, Guilherme Paulus created a new reality for another vision that he had, GJP Hotels & Resorts. This successful company employs more than 5,000 people and boasts 14 different hotels and resorts in the major cities of Brazil offering additional options and value to CVC customers. With a keen eye for opportunity, Paulus bought WebJet in 2006 and quickly expanded the fleet to 20 planes then later sold the company only after it had become the 3rd largest in Brazil. With all of his success and stressful schedule, Guilherme Paulus enthusiastically gives back in various ways such as supporting young Brazilians who want to also become leaders in the tourism industry. He is also a supporter of free medical care and literacy programs in Brazil helping to make a positive difference in the community.
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