Guilherme Paulus is a renowned Entrepreneur in South America. He was 24 years old when he founded CVC, which is currently the largest tour operator in Brazil. CVC is currently considered as a premium tour operator by all the countries in South America, the Caribbean, and the United States.
In 1972, Guilherme Paulus co-founded the company along with the then famous Brazilian politician Carlos Vincente Cerchiari who left the company soon in 1976. Guilherme exhibited amazing entrepreneurial skills at such a tender age and today he owns a chain of hotels and an airliner.
In 2013, the tour operator went from being a private company for decades directly to the stock market exchange and made its shares available for purchase. Today CVC generates a staggering revenue of $5.2 billion every year. There are 400 CVC travel agency stores spread throughout the shopping malls of the country. Currently, they have more than 30,000 business partners all over the globe. Guilherme Paulus wanted to do more for the citizens of the company and in 2005 founded the renowned GJP Resorts and Hotels. Currently, it has 19 hotels under its management and has plans to build more near airports for the convenience of the tourists and the citizens.
In the last decade, he took a leap of faith and acquired the failing airliner called Webjet which had only one fully-operational aircraft at the time. In 2011, Webjet was announced as the 3rd largest airline in the country and the credit completely went to Guilherme Paulus for his unique approach and creative thought process. His ventures in the last 50 years have increased the overall economic status of the country.
Apart from being a successful businessman, he is also known for taking out time from his busy schedule to provide financial assistance to various charities in the country. One of the many non-profit organizations he assists is called the PIET project which focuses on educating adolescents and youngsters equipping them with the necessary tools and knowledge to work in the tourism industry. His focus is mainly on funding the education and other essentials for children from low-income families.
Mark McKenna isn’t necessarily a common name. On the other hand, the Mark McKenna of this article isn’t the average person. This particular man is a medical doctor, a businessman and an entrepreneur. Born in the city of New Orleans, Dr. Mark McKenna has experienced success as well as experienced tribulations. He is a graduate from Tulane University School of Medicine, and he has used his medical training to enhance people’s lives for the better. Being so business savvy, this man has launched numerous successful companies such as Universal Mortgage Lending and Uptown Title Inc.
McKenna Venture Investments was one of his most successful businesses as it generated over $4 million. This capital just so happened to be for each fiscal year. While he was a college student, McKenna was out in the field buying real estate properties. Yes, this is absolutely true. Thanks to his medical background, this young man provided physicals for a number of inmates who were incarcerated. Charging $50 per hour didn’t hurt because as he would go on to invest every penny of this money into real estate. In 2005, destruction would nearly wipeout Dr. Mark McKenna’s businesses. Hurricane Katrina destroyed just about everything in its path, including McKenna’s businesses. “I also lost a number of my contacts during this time,” said McKenna. Thanks to having such a huge heart, this man would use his knowledge in real estate to build affordable housing after the storm. McKenna is a true philanthropist as he has served his community in various ways.
ShapeMed Wellness Centerwas launched after he relocated to the city of Atlanta. This medical-aesthetics practice offered numerous minimal-invasive services. Of course, it was a hit, but Dr. Mark McKenna would go onto sell the company for an undisclosed amount of money. As of today, Dr. Mark McKenna is operating another successful medical practice in Atlanta, but his eyes are always searching for the next big thing.
Bruno Fagali is a legal expert with a company known as Fagali Advocacy which is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was founded in 2016. The firm deals with matters of anti-corruption, public law, election, and compliance.
Fagali, as a law expert, has a solid education background where he attended the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo for a Bachelor’s degree in law (2009). In the same university, he specialized in the Administrative Law (2012) and later he obtained an MA in State Law in the University of Sao Paulo. Visit on his twitter to get the latest updates.
His journey in the law sector began in 2006 where he served as an intern in Office Model Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns. He has also worked in the Azevedo Marques law firm before joining the University of Sao Paulo and later establishing his law firm, the Fagali Advocacy.
Currently, Bruno serves as an associate and coordinator in the Brazilian Institute of Law and Ethics. Since he is a legal expert, he is part of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Bruno Fagali also serves as part of the leadership committee in other firms such as the Nova/SB where he is the Corporate Integral Manager.
Bruno’s report on the issue of compliance.
Many have given much thought to the compliance and corporate governance due to the rise of corruption cases in many corporations in Brazil. However,Bruno reports concerns from some organizations about the compliance subject. He echoes the views of Renato Almeida dos Santos (partner of S2 Consultoria and coordinator of MBA in Risk Management and Compliance of Trevisan Business School) that the hard work of companies to meet the market and legal requirements should be more than a duty to be fulfilled.
Renato Almeida dos Santos warns that the compliance subject may not remain in a majority of companies principles. Hence, there is a need for creation of an Integrity Program that is capable of integration with a company’s day to day activities as well as other departments of a company. It will ensure that shortcomings arising in any area of the company are successfully dealt with for the company’s overall improvement.