There are many entrepreneurs who learn an industry and create a business that can profit off of it, then there are innovators who are able to change industries and generate profit in a new type of way. Brian Ladin took a leap of faith and decided to create a shipping business that was 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. After Brian Ladin was able to make his idea a reality, he was able to create a reputation through countless large transactions and acquisitions.
His very first experience with the shipping industry was in 2005 when he made a minor investment in the shipping industry. After that first investment he kept increasing until most of his investments were 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.
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. He also mentions that, ship leasing will be very focused on the next generation of environmentally friendly vessels for the next 10-20 years, Owners and lessors will be focused on dual fuel vessels, vessels that are energy efficient and burn low carbon footprint fuels.The vision that Brian has for Delos Shipping is ambitious but he knows that by being as productive everyday as possible, never letting any setbacks slow him down, and using his resources to keep him organized and educated he will be able to reach all the goals that he has created for himself. Brian does not have any guaranteed steps to success for aspiring entrepreneurs to follow, but he can guarantee that hard work and focus can help you achieve any goals that you have set for yourself. It is the way that he has been able to create a successful business and he fully believes that anyone can create their own business if they do the same.