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					                                        DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR




                   GURMALE GREWAL                Singh Development Company


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        or over 25 years, Singh               northwest India of being the “Lions”
        Development Company, Ltd. has         or “Warriors” from northwest India —
        been recognized throughout            protectors of all that is good. Sikh men are
        southeastern Michigan in the          most uniquely known for their beards and
        residential and commercial            turbans, and all share the same middle name
building business. A nationally ranked        of Singh. Therefore, the meaning of Singh is
builder/developer, Singh’s focus is on        a tribute to Sikhs and something that all the
upscale apartment communities, luxury         Grewals take very seriously, as reflected in
single family subdivisions and homes,         their ethics and business practices today.
senior living communities and premier            Singh’s vision of the future is to be
commercial properties.                        on the cutting edge of product, location,
   The story of Singh began in 1921 when      and business cycles. “If you don’t change,
Gurmale’s grandfather, Sarwan S. Grewal,      you will be left behind.” Gurmale attributes
left his village in India, headed for         Singh’s success to these basics: l) great
California, and settled in Detroit. Sarwan    interaction and diligent work within their
developed strong and lasting interests in     close-knit family; 2) total and unequivocal
land and buildings. This interest brought     honesty, from honoring commitments to
about the purchase of the Wolverine           paying bills; 3) focus on core business
Hotel, where Comerica Park now stands.        with plenty of hard work; and 4) having         SINGH’S VISION OF THE FUTURE IS TO BE
   Sarwan kept in close touch with family     a great staff of employees. “More than            ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF PRODUCT,
in India and brought grandsons, Tahil,        anyone else, my hard-working brothers             LOCATION, AND BUSINESS CYCLES.
Lushman, Jeat, and Gurmale to the             and nephews, along with a great Singh                  “IF YOU DON’T CHANGE,
United States for their education. When       staff, are responsible for Singh’s                   YOU WILL BE LEFT BEHIND.”
Sarwan passed away in 1968, the               accomplishments.”
grandsons unanimously agreed to finish           Singh maximized on its philosophy
their education and carry on in their         through vertical integration within the
grandfather’s footsteps after college.        company, where development/planning,
Gurmale received a degree in business in      construction, management/marketing,
1973 from Wayne State University, and         and financing are under one roof. This
his brothers pursued higher education         team approach directly attributes to Singh’s
upon completion of military duty.             achievements. Current developments are
   In 1973, Singh Development Company,        located in many metropolitan Detroit
Ltd. was established. Gurmale was chosen      communities, including Auburn Hills,
to be CEO, a position he still holds today.   Birmingham, Canton, Detroit, Novi,
Singh has evolved into a third generation     Northville, Rochester Hills, West
family-owned and operated company with        Bloomfield and Wixom.
the addition of nephews, Pargat as vice-         Gurmale, his wife, their three children,
president of finance, and Darshan as          his brothers and nephews, reside in West
president of Singh Homes. Singh is very       Bloomfield. Free time allows Gurmale to
proud to be one of the oldest Indian-         run with family and play squash. He has
owned companies in the United States.         successfully completed the Free Press
   Notably, too, the Grewal family is one     Marathon four times. Annual travel to
of the oldest Sikh Indian families in the     India helps him catch up on their family
United States. Sikhs carry the honor in       seed farm business, another success story. I


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