Mr. Harry Singh

Entrepreneur of the Year

Mr. Harry Singh

Harry Singh, the President and CEO of Bolla Oil Corp, is an entrepreneur par excellence in his industry, who grew from one gas station into a multifaceted network of multi chain gas stations with C-Stores, Car Washes and Auto repair centers. He is also a wholesale distributor for branded Sunoco Gasoline, commercial real estate owner, and operates an in-house Construction company.

When Mr. Singh first landed in John F. Kennedy airport in 1983, instead of getting a cultural shock at the sight of New York City he began to figure out with his wife Kamljit Kaur what he need to do to be successful? He ventured into real estate business. After five years he wanted to expand into other businesses, and he ended up owning his first gas station in 1989 in Manhattan. Since that day Mr. Singh has been adding new, rich chapters to one of the convenience-store industry's greatest success stories.

Harry in all his humbleness gives much credit to his wife's profound and unreserved cooperation for his success. Ms. Kaur is always there supporting him in his endeavors by taking care of the family thus letting him to pay full attention to the business. Besides being a good wife, she is also a great mother and an excellent host.

Harry put together a structure that rivals to major oil companies. Every year many of his entities win awards at National level for outstanding performance. In 2006 Mr. Singh won the International Franchisee of the year award from International Franchise Association. He was one of the 74 small business operators in the world to receive such an honor. Mr. Singh served as a member/advisor of several ExxonMobil/Sunoco dealer advisory councils to promote various business initiatives. All his properties are models of extraordinary customer experience. Recently Mr. Singh launched his "Bolla Market" brand, a convenience store concept offering hot gourmet food besides serving regular C-Store products, one of which has received "Best Interior" design award at national level from an industry acclaimed journal CSP News. Harry's confidence and high standards are reflected in every store he operates.

Apart from running the Bolla organization he takes very active participation in local community events and makes monetary contributions to local schools. He strongly believes in giving back to community and supporting a good cause. During 9/11 World Trade Center incident he kept one of his stations near WTC open for two months while the whole area was cordoned into a make shift shelter for those thousands of volunteers who did the cleanup work by serving coffee and water free of charge.

Mr. Singh strongly believes in hard work, integrity, and passion for what one does. He puts in 12 to 16 hour day, attending every aspect of the business and at the same time looking for new opportunities. To this day, Harry interviews all job candidates before considering a position. He believes that having right chemistry and attitude is very important than just having a best resume. If you ask him what made him to be a successful business entrepreneur, his immediate response is "able leadership and willing team". Every year in December Mr. Singh recognizes his top employees with awards and bonuses by hosting an annual holiday party to both his employees and his business partners. He is a true inspirational leader who lives by example and expects nothing less than "The Best".

"Harry is the biggest chain dealer in the U.S." Shawn Duffy, Exxon Mobil€s district manager for New York and New Jersey. "What's he's done is amazing. He's taken some properties in tough neighborhoods that we would call 'B Properties' and he made home runs out of them."

Harry and Kamljit Singh made Long Island their home along with two wonderful children and two dogs.

 

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