Ed Slinin embodies the essence of the American Dream. An immigrant of Russian descent, Mr. Slinin came from humble beginnings and today is the founder of Corporate Transportation Group, Limited. His story of struggle, hard work, and success givers testimony to so many other poignant tales of Americans who rose to the occasion to create multi-million-dollar corporations from very modest inceptions.
The history of the U.S. is replete with stories of successful immigrant entrepreneurs. From Andrew Carnegie, well-known self-made steel tycoon; to Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, the list is long. Despite the problems immigrants face with language barriers and culture shock, America is still considered the land of opportunity and people from all over the world and all walks of life want to come to this country for the freedoms and opportunities available to all. Like so many others before him, Ed Slinin is an entrepreneur living the American Dream.
In 1982, Mr. Slinin began his business venture with just one car. Today, his company has over 1400 vehicles and provides employment and fresh opportunity for thousands. His optimism and vision have not only grown his corporation into the industry giant it is today, but has also helped his company to overcome the challenges of a sluggish economy and the tragic events of 9/11. Headquartered in New York City, with a high client base of business professionals, Corporate Transportation Group was hit especially hard during 9/11.
Despite the struggles and setbacks he and his company have had to endure, Ed Slinin is optimistic about the future and strongly believes in this country and the American Dream. His strong work ethic, combined with technology have catapulted his business to a new level of achievement, providing a successful model for small business enterprises to follow. With hard work and the aid of innovation and technology – Mr. Slinin says he never leaves home without his Blackberry – Corporate Transportation serves 450 cities and 39 countries around the globe.
This family operated conglomerate grew organically and through acquisition. In response to today’s global concerns and eco-friendly awareness, Ed Slinin’s company continues to introduce hybrid vehicles, now comprising 15% of his total vehicle count. To keep an edge over the competition, Mr. Slinin uses cutting edge innovation, such as GPS positioning and Blackberry technology that can instantly put customers in charge of their car service accounts.
The 2007 U.S. Census Survey of Business Owners lists 2.7 million (13.6%) of American business entrepreneurs as being foreign-born. Immigrants come with a dream and ready to pull up their sleeves and work for it. They leave the comfort of their native land with the hope for something brighter and better. It is not surprising then that this spirit of risk-taking continues to launch many immigrants into a new life and new business opportunities. Ed Slinin is one of these bold immigrants living the dream, continuing to take risks and exploring new avenues to grow and succeed his ground transportation business.