Guilherme Paulus is among the most important figures when talking about the growth of the tourism industry in Brazil. Starting his career as a computer technician and an intern for IBM, Paulus became one of the most powerful businessmen in the country. He is the co-founder of CVC Brasil and GJP Hotels and Resorts.
CVC was founded in 1972, when Guilherme Paulus was 24 years old. The idea for the company came from Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, a state deputy at that time. The two met on a boat trip, when Cerchiari told him about his interest in launching a tourist agency where he lived, in Santo Andre. Because Paulus was young and did not have enough money to invest in the idea, Cerchiari proposed the arrangement where he would provide the investment in order to start the venture, and Paulus would have to provide the groundwork.
At the time, Guilherme Paulus was working for Casa Faro in Sao Paulo, but was motivated to join the project, and eventually accepted the challenge that the opportunity provided. He was acknowledged for his entrepreneur instinct when it was time to open CVC’s first location. Paulus wanted to open the agency in a place where there is constant movement, traffic, and a flow of people. They ended up establishing the company close to a movie theater, Paulus being aware that people would be passing by their stores as they would leave the movies. The partnership between Cerchiari and Paulus ended after 4 years, Paulus becoming the sole owner of CVC, which is when the expansion process took off.
Today, after more than 45 years in business, CVC is considered the largest tourism operator in Brazil and Latin America. In 2009, Paulus sold a portion of the company, but he continues to own a stake in CVC, being heavily involved in its operations. In 2005, Guilherme Paulus launched GJP Hotels and Resorts. What started as a small venture became a large hotel chain with locations across the country. As a result of his work with the company he earned the title Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.
Wes Edens, a well-known investor, attended Oregon State University, where he received a Finance and Business Administration degree in 1984. After that, he worked at two financial firms then was co-owner of Fortress Investment Group, a global investment management firm, headquartered in New York City. Wes Edens had many positions at his company, most recently their private equity chief investment officer, co-chief executive officer and president and head of private equity.
A Patch article talked about Fortress and how they became a trendsetter for other companies from the moment the company was founded. Fortress employs nine hundred people and has $43 billion assets for one thousand seven hundred fifty investors. They are involved in health care, real estate, financial services, media, transportation, infrastructure investments and they manage mergers, portfolio companies and specialize in capital markets. All of these factors have made them successful and knowledgeable about many industries. They continue to grow in the following ways:
1. Added two individuals to leadership roles.
2. Acquired some major companies.
3. Went from the world of private money to public.
4. Added international funds to their investment portfolios.
5. Opened headquarters in San Francisco, Shanghai and Singapore.
In 2017, Fortress sold the company to Softbank Group because they wanted the company to be able to have even more opportunities to invest worldwide.
Another article explains how Wes Edens became a sports team owner. He and his partner purchased a fifty-five percent stake in the Aston Villa soccer team. This team was formerly in a prominent Premier Soccer league, winning the European cup in 1982, but was playing for a second-tier championship division when purchased. The team’s co-chairman is hopeful that with Wes Eden’s and his partner’s business experience, along with his sports experience, they can build their team so it can become a successful premier team again in future years.
Wes Edens, not only plays an important role as part owner of the Aston Villa soccer team, but continues to play an important role in Fortress Investment Group and many other areas and will continue to do so.
Paul Herdsman is the co-founder and Chief Operating officer of NICE Global. The company is a leading business solutions enterprise based in Montego Bay Jamaica.
Paul Herdsman was born in Kingston Jamaica and now resides in Florida. He started the company without having experience in the business world but with a carefully thought out business plan. With hard work and dedication, he built the company from 2014.
NICE Global offers a range of services to companies that require low overhead, higher revenue yield and customer retention. Their services include customer service outsourcing, after hours support, back office operations, technical support, company sales and outsourced email services. The focus of the company is to ensure that customers calling a company speak to a live operator and not to a machine.
Paul Herdsman’s success mantra is keeping employees happy. He does this by creating a family like environment at the office. He ensures that employees are properly trained to give the best services for customers and also provides opportunities for continuing education. He believes that employees who perform well should be adequately rewarded. He ensures that all employees know their roles and the roles of other employees to create a harmonious work environment. He also has an employee referral program where employees can usher in new talent to work for the company. Finally, Herdsman and his employees focus on finding solutions for the problems of customers quickly and effectively. Read This Article for related information.
Paul Herdsman uses these simple methods to mobilize his team to achieve success. You can also read more about Herdsman’s 12 Successful Business Tips