Guilherme Paulus is a veteran hotelier and an intelligent entrepreneur from Brazil. He heads the advisory board a top tour company known as CVC Brasil. He also owns and manages GJP Hotels and Resorts, a series of hotels and resorts located across the nation. He joined IBM as an intern, and today is one of the prominent investors in Brazil. How did he manage to rise from an intern to one of the most powerful entrepreneurs in Brazil? Inspirey.com had on opportunity to speak with Guilherme Paulus to help answer this question.
GJP Hotels and Resorts boasts a strong nationwide presence and its portfolio consisted of more than 20 reliable hotels and resorts. It operates high-end hotels in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Sao Paulo, and Maceio. Managing over 5,000 workers, The GJP brand is one of the leading employers in Brazil. Since Guilherme Paulus unveiled his first hotel 23 years ago, he has served hundreds of thousands of clients.
Origin of CVC
Paulus admits that a state deputy called Carlos Vicente Cerchiari came up with the idea of establishing a tourist company in Santo Andre. Since he was young and cash-strapped at the time, the state deputy suggested a plan that will see him offer capital while Paulus handle the management part. Paulus accepted the challenge and left Casa Faro. The two business associates set up a store on a busy street close to the exit of a cinema. They worked together for 4 years, and then Paulus went alone.
How Do You Boost Your Productivity
Paulus makes numerous trips to where his hotels are located, and he remains close to the everyday operations of his businesses. He considers his engagements and interactions with workers and customers as one his most productive routines. He admits that he has never abandoned the day-to-day business.
What Advice Does Paulus Give to Upcoming Entrepreneurs?
According to Paulus, budding entrepreneurs will accomplish their dreams if they love what they do unconditionally. He advises them to put more effort and stay attentive to the unique needs of their clients, changes in the behavior as well as consumption. He also encourages them to expand investment portfolio and target different markets.