The Ernest and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award is conferred by Ernest and Young to help recognize successful entrepreneurs. It was founded in 1986 with an award and by 2016, the program was running across fifty states in the United States of America. Regardless of the name, the award can be conferred to multiple industry players annually.
For instance, in 2017, Guilherme Paulus, the co-founder and chairman of CVC Brasil was awarded for his excellent input in revolutionizing the tourism industry. The award was also a befitting recognition of his bold step in changing careers from serving as an IT specialist at IBM to a salesperson for a tour and travel firm. After a few years of service, Guilherme Paulus met Carlos Vicente Cerchiari who financed CVC Brasil. The company identified a valuable market niche that needed better services and products including fun-filled activities for tourists. Accompanied by the initial success, Paulus who is CVC’s president too, introduced cruising to the company’s portfolio.
Under the leadership of Guilherme Paulus, CVC has vastly transitioned into a thriving market leader. It has also expanded globally thereby growing financially and operationally. Since a robust financial position marks it, CVC Brasil has opened new outlets in Brazil. It has also ventured into the hotel industry through the launch of GJP Hotels and Resorts. Currently, GJP Hotel and Resorts is one of Brazil’s major hotel networks. It also has more than 30 restaurants and hotels.
Founding CVC Brasil was Guilherme’s idea way of satisfying the growing client base that wanted high-end accommodation. Instead of referring his clients to other resorts, Paulus thought it wise to establish a chain of exclusive hotels boasting of some of the world’s best facilities including a prominent golf course. Guilherme Paulus is also the chairman of the group of hotels including Linx, Prodigy, as well as Wish. In his tenure, Wish Foz do Iguacu was recognized for being the best golf course in Brazil. Besides winning the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Paulus has been recognized for his excellent input in Brazil’s tourism industry where he received the Revolutionary Consumer Relations Award and the Personality of the Year Award.