BRAMPTON, Ont. — Sulakhan ‘Sam’ Johal, CEO of Pride Group Enterprises was named the winner of the Road Today Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 8th Annual Road Today Show held in Brampton on May 28.
L-R: Sam Johal, CEO and president – Pride Group Enterprises,; Vik Gupta, v.p., sales and operations – Pride Group Enterprises; Aman Johal, v.p. – Pride Group Logistics
The Road Today Excellence Awards selection committee was unanimous in recognizing Johal for his professional service, commitment, vision, dedication and accomplishments in the trucking industry. The recognition package comprising of a congratulatory plaque, world class Hoselton sculptured trophy and a special certificate on behalf of the province of Ontario was presented to Johal by Harinder Malhi, MPP from Brampton Springdale in the presence of industry peers.
Johal grew up in a small village in Punjab, India. In 1993 at the age of 26, he emigrated to Canada with his wife, arriving in North America with little money to support themselves. To survive, he started distributing newspaper flyers in local neighbourhoods – his first real job. In the years to come he also worked as a machine operator, shift supervisor, taxi driver, blow moulding manufacturing business owner and eventually made great inroads as a successful developer of hotels.
As the hotel business went on, Johal saw a great potential in trucking and transportation sector. He founded Pride Truck Sales in 2010. During the next three years while selling heavy-duty trucks, Pride Truck Sales also acted as a broker in arranging financing for its customers through various leasing companies. Today it is known as a one stop trucking partner for success providing turnkey solutions for equipment sales, leasing, logistics, driver support, factoring and equipment finance.