Month: October 2018

Press Release: Leaders and Influencers from the Sikh Community Come Together at the Sikh American Chamber of Commerce’s 7th Annual Gala: Breaking Barriers

“Sikhs are a part of the fabric of this country”-Attorney General of NJ, Gurbir Grewal

“Sikhs need to unite for humanity”- Ravi Singh, Khalsa Aid

 Date: October 13, 2018

The Sikh American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) organized its 7th Annual Gala on October 13, 2018. With over 400 accomplished Sikh-American business members and professionals, the event was standing room only at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. Every year, the SACC Annual Gala brings together top-notch speakers from the Sikh-American community who reflect on their personal and professional milestones to inspire and motivate others to succeed. To embody this year’s theme –Breaking Barriers– the SACC brought together an impressive lineup of speakers:

Gurbir Grewal, Attorney General, New Jersey

Jaideep Bajaj, Chairman, ZS Associates

Ravi Bhalla, Mayor, Hoboken

Ravi Singh, CEO, Khalsa Aid International

The Hon’ble Gurbir S. Grewal said:

“In every position that I have held in the past and even as Attorney General now, I have attempted to promote understanding and acceptance through my service to show everyone through my work that Sikhs are a part of the fabric of this country (and) that we are doing our part to keep all of us in this country safe.” 

Ravi Bhalla, Mayor, Hoboken, said:

“Organizations like SACC have a growing importance where businesses can come together to find meaningful value into their existence and join hands to positively affect people’s lives. It is great to see this platform nourishing the aspiring youth with innovative ideas from the role models in the community.”

Speaking at the event, Ravi Singh, CEO of Khalsa Aid International, stressed on the importance of Sikhs uniting for humanity and passed on his message on faith, hope and Sewa. He said,

“Open your doors and open your heart to those who need you today, without judging them about their faith, race or color.”

Jaideep Bajaj, Chairman, ZS Associates shared his secret sauce for success: “

The word ‘Sikh’ means willing to learn and we have to continue to reinvest in ourselves and learn all the time and that’s going to be a key driver of your success.”

Sunny Kaila, President, SACC, said:

“We are proud of the achievements of the already established Sikh-American Community in the United States. The Gala is not just a showcase of these triumphs but also a realization of the fact that the road to success is filled with obstacles. The speakers this year are an epitome of the resilience and hard work that one has to do before tasting success. With that, I also announce the date for next year Gala on September 21st, 2019.”

Apart from the renowned speakers, the SACC was proud to recognize Dr. Narinder Kapany, known as Father of Fiber Optics and Founder of Sikh Foundation with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Kapany sent his message for the budding entrepreneurs of the community:

The SACC also recognized the work of other well-known and respected individuals and organizations:

Gagan Singh, Chief Investment Officer, PNC Financial Services Group

Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI)


Balvir Singh, Freeholder, NJ

The Annual Gala is the highlight event of the Sikh American business community in the United States. It is a showcase of successful Sikh entrepreneurs coming together for mutual prosperity. The Gala provides the community with an opportunity to meet successful entrepreneurs and professionals from different verticals in an engaging atmosphere where they can network and learn ways to progress their career and business.

Detailed speaker profiles here:

About us:

The Sikh American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) is a non-profit organization comprised of a cross section of Sikh American professionals, businesses and students. Established in 2011, with a vision to bring together Sikh American businesses and professionals in the spirit of enterprise, our goal is to provide a forum for effective business networking, promote entrepreneurship within the community and assist other Sikh American professionals in the continued growth of their business and career.

For more Information on our programs and us, visit our website:

RSVP link for next year Gala

Event highlights and pictures

Kam Attwal-Kaila
Director of Communications, SACC
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