Growth stories from founders: Robert Nathan, CEO and co-founder, Load Delivered Logistics

had no board of directors. And he had no outside investors to pressure him about putting one together.

Yet in his early 30s, Robert Nathan set out to build a board — of advisers, that is — that would help him and his company respond to growth and continue growing.

And grow it has.

His company, third-party logistics provider Load Delivered Logistics, has grown more than 1,200 percent since its 2008 launch, he said, hitting $44.5 million in revenue last year. He expects to reach $90 million in sales this year, with the help of investments in automation technology.

The company’s recent growth followed a period of change that Nathan initiated to set up the company for funding and additional growth. About 18 months ago, he started making connections with people who would become his board members. He said he wanted “coaches” who would challenge him, and he brought in three advisers.

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