At the age of 24, hotelier and entrepreneur, Guilherme Paulus parlayed a chance meeting with Vicente Cerchiari, into touring empire, resulting in the creation of CVC Brasil and GJP Hotels and Resorts.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he worked as an intern for IBM – a representation of the strong business acumen he’d possessed since a child, and honed during his college years. The rapid growth of CVC Brasil, is a testament of Guilherme Paulus’ hard work and determination, as he initially controlled many of the business aspects of the company, while his partner provided the necessary funding. After working with Vicente Cerchiari for four years, he embarked on a solo career, and in 1995, opened the first hotel under the GJP brand. Today, under the leadership of Mr. Paulus, GJP Hotels and Resorts has expanded to 20 locations throughout Brazil, with more than 5,000 employees. Mr. Paulus’ many accomplishments as an innovative leader within the Brazilian touring sector, led him to be named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2017.
Despite his longstanding success, Guilherme Paulus had refused to become jaded, often openly displaying unwavering gratitude in regards to his accomplishments. He believes his ability to express this gratitude, while remaining perpetually optimistic, has been a key factor in his continued success, despite the volatility often associated with entrepreneurship. Although competition within Brazil’s touring industry has remained stiff throughout the years, Mr. Paulus consistently separated himself by implementing a number of innovative approaches. While many of his contemporaries focused on reaching out to an international clientele, he also catered to the local markets. By appealing to local Brazilians, Mr. Paulus was able to create an entirely new market, which has allowed CVC Brasil and GJP Hotels and Resorts, to consistently rank amongst the top businesses within the touring industry. Guilherme Paulus recently sold the majority of his stake in CVC Brasil for an estimated, $750 million, but he still maintains an eight percent share of the company and sits on the Board of Advisors. In the future, he hopes to continue the expansion of GJP Hotels and Resorts into the United States, and other leading countries around the world.
Shiraz Boghani is a known figure in the UK business scene. He is popular for his community and service-oriented projects within his local community, as he initiated a number of entrepreneurial companies within the hospitality and healthcare industry.
Shiraz Boghani is one of the earliest entrepreneurs to grow London in having several limited-service branded hotels. He has grown his company since 1990, which is named Splendid Hospitality Group. During his time working in his own company, he was able to place 25 projects in London. Mr. Boghani is the leader of the organization and serves as the chairman. He is responsible for giving direction and creating plans for the Splendid Hospitality Group. At present, the company owns 20 hotels, and some of them are in the process of construction and development.
One of the most well-known hotels in his company is the Hilton London Bankside. It is a large hotel with 292 bedrooms. Among the others are Conrad London St. James, and Holiday Inn Wembley. Shiraz Boghani is also considered the founding partner of another hotel group, Sojourn Hotels LLP. The aided the hotel group to many deals and grow its presence in the UK.
Aside from hospitality, Mr. Boghani is also a known figure in healthcare. He is the Joint Chairman of Sussex Healthcare, which is one of the largest nursing homes for the elderly and mentally challenged individuals. Sussex Healthcare is one of the largest in the area, and they are currently known for their high-quality care for geriatrics, providing them with customized services depending on their needs.
One of Shiraz Boghani’s role in Sussex Healthcare as a Joint Chairman is to give vision and inspect the company’s facilities and services. Being a figure in the hospitality industry, he is known for his attention to detail, making good customer services practices, and instilling good organizational ethics. Since his role in the company, Sussex Healthcare has grown to have 20 nursing homes both in Sussex and London. They also have plans for growing further and improving their service through innovative practices.
Shiraz Boghani received several awards throughout his career life. One of his highest achievements was being the Hotelier of the Year in the 2016 Asia Business Awards. Mr. Boghani became an active member to help out the Ismaili community in the UK as well. He became a National Council Member as well as a Resource Development Point-person in the Aga Khan University.
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