One of the most influential Brazilian businessmen is Guilherme Paulus, who runs the largest tourism company in Latin America and runs a group of hotels and resorts. He is founder and Chairman of GJP Hotels and Resorts which is made up of over twenty properties, and has over five thousand employees. In 1972, Paulus co-founded the tour company, CVS Brasil Operadora, and serves as Chairman of this company as well.
In a recent interview, Paulus shared some insight into his accomplishments and the habits and attitudes that bring continued success. Paulus says that he is an extreme optimist, and giving thanks daily is important. He believes that planning and scheduling allow him to be more productive. Guilherme Paulus stays close to the operations of his hotels, and travels a lot to interact with employees and customers. He advises entrepreneurs to love what they do, to put in the hard work, and to listen and respond to the needs of customers.
When thinking about the future, Paulus is excited about the speed which technology allows to view market trends, and to interact with customers. He is always looking for ways to use innovative technology, as his companies continue to grow an online presence. Guilherme Paulus says he has never just focused on one market, and has several exciting ideas for the future including expanding tourism and turning golf into a popular Brazilian sport.
Guilherme Paulus began in the business world when he served as an intern at IBM, and since that time has established a reputation as a sound international businessman. In addition to accomplishments already mentioned, he also helped turn Webjet, a one airplane airline, into one of the top three Brazilian airlines. All this experience with technology and airlines gives Paulus the inside experience to bring the needed partnerships to his tourism and hotel companies.
Social accountability is important to Guilherme Paulus, and he focuses on causes which help disadvantaged youth. For example, working on The PIET project provided educational opportunities for young people hoping to get a job in the tourism industry. Paulus seems to find a way to connect and integrate his efforts to achieve positive results, not only for himself, but others as well.