Slava Borisov, founder and CEO of DDC Group Inc and ViceVersaLa.com, started with humble beginnings. His parents immigrated to the United States from Ukraine with six kids looking for a better life. After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Finance, Borisov moved to Los Angeles looking to begin his entrepreneurial career. Los Angeles was experiencing a hard economic downturn at the time of his move, however, which led to Borisov living out of his car for a period of time. Borisov began his business in downtown Los Angeles before it was a hip destination. Quite frankly, after the sky rises emptied, and on weekends, Downtown Los Angeles was a place people avoided. Borisov’s “never quit” attitude, however, led him to his first opportunity within six months of his move to Los Angeles.
Since his first job in the corporate franchise industry, Borisov has developed a commercial project portfolio of over $105 million spanning 33 states and 17 countries. This was the foundation for him starting his own commercial construction business: DDC Group Inc.
DDC Group Inc. is a retail and restaurant developer which focuses on customer service and happy employees. Borisov created DDC out of his deep understanding of the franchise system in restaurants and retail store development. This attention to detail delivers consistent results at a reduced cost and a more stream-lined construction time. By completing projects in less time, the customer is ready to re-open and maximize its revenues more quickly.
Within 3 years, Borisov and his team have built DDC Group, Inc. from a newly opened company to one with over $11 million in revenues and 25 employees. “The first year was the toughest, because we were just getting traction in the commercial construction field, and had to convince clients to see our vision. But we have great operations and sales staff in the office and in the field, and this last year we increased our revenues by 780%,” says Borisov.
This past year, Borisov began a new venture, ViceVersaLa.com to compliment the DDC Group, Inc. business. ViceVersaLa.com is a digital marketing agency based in Downtown Los Angeles, that is building an open online community of passionate, creative & innovative digital entrepreneurs. The agency provides news, advice, and services for fellow entrepreneurs creating a unique community for each business allowing it the best opportunity to thrive.
“I can remember waking up at 5 am and working until midnight every day. Sure it was hard, but you have to just trust the process,” says Borisov.
Now at age 29, Borisov serves as investor and CEO of ViceVersaLa.com media agency and DDC Group, Inc. When asked to describe his vision of the entrepreneurial process, Borisov stated, “it’s my ethos and vision to deliver a white glove service to our clients and investors while always remembering that we would not be here without great employees. Leaving a positive legacy for generations to come, while making a workplace where employees enjoy coming to work and work as a team is my priority.”