Every industry has its major corporations that have already established themselves that it makes it seem impossible to start from scratch, especially in the highly competitive shipping industry. All of the major shipping companies were not enough to keep Brian Ladin from taking a leap of faith and creating a shipping business that has been able to fill the gaps within the industry. He began creating a company that would provide the shipping industry with asset leasing opportunities. In 2008 Brian founded Delos Shipping, a platform that lets you lease ships as well as a provider of maritime assets and financing for end users. Once Brian Ladin was able to get his innovative concept off the ground he began creating a reputation from his countless large transactions and acquisitions.
Brian began his journey in shipping when he made a minor investment that ended up turning into a bigger investment until eventually he was mostly investing in shipping. After some time he created an infrastructure for his business which would allow him to lease shipping assets to end users. This concept was new to the industry which would usually inspire fear and doubt, but Brian says that from the beginning he had no doubt that his idea would work and all it took was consistent hard work and persistence.
Brian is a very perseverant person who uses his resources to educate himself and as a result he has become very knowledgeable on multiple topics which helps him navigate his everyday tasks. In order to attract customers and create publicity, he presents his business at industry conferences and spends anywhere from 100-150 days a year on the road meeting with prospective clients. As a company they make sure that Delos can meet each customer’s requirements before they even start conducting business with them. This type of business is hypersensitive and rigorous, they must make sure that each client is financially stable enough to maintain a long term lease before agreeing to do business with them. They are a progressive business that finds new and better ways to manage vessels, they are now primarily focused on sale leaseback opportunities. As for the future of Delos Shipping, Brian plans to increase their portfolio of sale leasebacks diversified by many different vessel types, such as tankers, dry bulk, cruise and containers. The goals that Brian has for Delos Shipping is ambitious but he knows that if he maintains productivity each day and does not let anything set him back he will be well on his way to accomplishing all of them. His biggest advice for any entrepreneur is to maintain a good work ethic and never forget what you are working towards.