Guilherme Paulus is a renowned entrepreneur and owner of various hotels in Brazil which include CVC Brasil, GJP hotels and resorts in different locations in the country. Paulus has grown from being an intern at IBM to be one of the greatest businessman in Brazil.
An interview was conducted to ask Guilherme Paulus about how he made it from an intern to becoming an influential person in Brazil and around the globe. His first hotel was opened in 1995, and currently, there are 20 hotels and resorts around Brazil and employs 5,000 people.
What was the origin of your idea?
The idea came from Carlos Vicente Cerchiari whom Guilherme Paulus met in a boat, and he told Guilherme Paulus about his plans of starting a tourist company in Santo Andre. During that time, the hotel expert did not have initial capital as I was quite young and I worked in Sao Paulo. He co-founded CVC Brazil.
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Later, he decided that will provide the starting capital, and I would be in charge of the operations. For our first operation, I choose a location that is near a movie theatre since there would be a lot of movement and people would notice it. The venture started, and it lasted for four years, and I decided to continue with my dreams.
How do you spend your day?
The first thing I do is to be grateful. I am always positive about things, and this helps me to go on and on. Then I write my schedule for a week which I follow keenly, and this keeps me organized and active.
What attracts your attention in today’s world?
The one thing that gets my attention is the technology use. Technology has enabled business owners to receive data quickly and know the needs of customers immediately. It has made the world to be a global market which enhances business.
Which character do you have that has helped you in your business?
We have hotels in various locations, and I travel regularly to each one of them and hence am involved in most of the daily operations of the hotels. I also interact with employees and customers so that I can understand their needs.
Which software or service has helped you in your daily endeavors?
I use Google to research almost everything that I want. CVC implemented Google terminals to enable its smooth operations.
Important things to learn
Most people do not achieve their dreams because they fail to make the first move. You should have a passion for what you do, and you will never lose focus.