The 2017 entrepreneur of the year, Guilherme Paulus

Guilherme Paulus has been Chairman of CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. since October 2003 and is credit for spearheading many economic strategies that have had a positive effect on the Brazilian economy. Earning a degree in business, Mr. Paulus would move on to accomplish many positive things and touch lives of many people throughout his professional career. A career spanning almost five decades, Guilherme has been involved in many economic development strategies and has spent 20 years working with IBM. This diverse business career has allowed Mr. Paulus to be able to grow his firm to be one of the most successful in the world. Read more about Guilherme Paulus at Crunchbase.

CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A. is the employer of more than 3,200 citizens and does business with over 1,000 suppliers. CVC has grown to have 209 points of sale with offices throughout Brazil and other South American countries (Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay) and in Europe. Guilherme Paulus cofounded the tourism firm back in 1972 along with his partner Carlos Vicente Cerchiari. In 2009, Carlyle Group announced the purchase of 63.6% of the CVC Brasil Operadora e Agencia de Viagens S.A., a deal worth $420 million. Carlyle Group is a private equity company and there are plans to take CVC public in 2018.

In 2005, Guilherme Paulus founded GJP Hotels and Resorts after investing in hotels and resorts. Today the hotel and resort company controls over 15 hotels and resorts all around Brazil. Mr. Paulus is currently eyeing land to expand GJP hotels to include areas around Brazil’s airports. In 2013, Guilherme Paulus would join the prestigious Forbes list of billionaires an accomplishment reached by few businessmen and entrepreneurs. That same year, in 2013, Guilherme would also become Chairman of the Board of Directors of CVC Turismo. Since 1974, after his then partner Carlos Vicente Cerchiari sold his portion of the company, Mr. Paulus has continued to expand and grow the firm into being with the top ten tourism company in the world.

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