Guilherme Paulus the co-founder and chairman of CVC Brasil, which is a travel company that he started up with Carlos Vicente Cerchiari. The two of them created CVC in 1972 and opened up its first location in Sao Paulo. They made a deal that Paulus would manage all of the daily affairs of the company while Cerchiari funded it. Cerchiari stayed with CVC for a few years before moving on and leaving the company to Paulus. Since then, Paulus has been able to rapidly expand the company and has turned it into one of the top travel companies in all of Latin America. Guilherme Paulus has always been a socially conscious businessman who feels that it is the job of any successful business entrepreneur to help out in their community whenever they can.
In the past, he has supported PIET, which works with young individuals who work in the tourism sector. He has also supported the National Project of Professional Initiation in Tourism to improve the industry. Paulus has also worked with a charitable organizations that work with economically challenged people who need health care, counseling, and a good education. Guilherme Paulus has been a much larger part of the success of the tourism industry in Brazil than most people understand. He has been connected to the National Tourism Council for the last decade and a half and has also been responsible for helping to promote tourism in France.
He was honored by Valor Economico with the Executive of Valor award and was also honored by Viagem e Turismo of Editora Abril with the Personality of the Year award. Guilherme Paulus took CVC public in 2009 after selling a good chunk of the company to the Carlyle Group. This helped to finance CVC so it could expand into more parts of Brazil. In 2005, Paulus started up his GJP Hotels & Resorts, which has been incredibly successful. The hotel chain has 14 hotels and resorts in the country and is putting over 5,000 people to work. Paulus also bought up Webjet during the mid 2000s and was able to grow it into a successful airline company.