Co-founding CVC Brasil in 1972 in São Paulo, Guilherme Paulus managed to turn the business that started as a small travel agency into the largest tour operator in Latin America. Paulus studied administration in college, and at only 24 years old he co-founded CVC alongside Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, his former business partner who retired from the operation 4 years in. Paulus used his entrepreneurial skills to make his business attain international success. Learn more about Guilherme Paulus at Crunchbase.
Nowadays, CVC travel agencies can be found in 400 shopping malls, Guilherme Paulus planning to open about 100 new stores every year, especially in less populated cities, creating a niche wherever there is an opportunity. CVC partnered with Omni Channel in order to integrate the online vendors in physical travel agencies, as an effort to expand and reach new clients. The company’s annual revenue is at $5.2 billion and continues to increase, and in 2013 CVC became a publicly traded company. They have over 30,000 business partners in the tourism industry, such as airlines and hotels, and the efforts to expand have a positive impact on the economy.
In 2009, Guilherme Paulus sold CVC for about $750 million, but he retained 8% ownership of the company. CVC is not his only business venture however. He is the founder and chairman of GJP Hotels & Resorts. In 2006, he acquired Webjet, which was a small airline with a single airplane, and in 2011 he sold it after it became the third biggest airline in Brazil, operating 20 planes. Watch Guilherme at Videos.Band.
As a result of his effort to increase Brazilian tourism, Guilherme Paulus received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2017. It was stated that he invested $600 million of his own money in order to build new hotels throughout Brazil, a venture which created jobs for approximately 1,900 Brazilian people. Throughout the years he received many awards, including a special honor from the Government of France in the year 2012 as a result of his contributions for the tourism industry. The company itself has been recognized by prefectures, including those of Cancun (Mexico), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Miami (United States).