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Great Gulf Group of Companies: People, Culture, and Values Propel Success, Garnering Multiple Top Building Industry Awards in North America

May 18, 2023
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TORONTO, ON (May 15, 2023) - Great Gulf Group, a leading real estate organization that develops, constructs, and manages residential, resort, recreational, commercial, and industrial real estate across 20 markets in North America, is thrilled to announce its recent triumphs in the building industry, receiving four prestigious awards that recognize its unwavering commitment to excellence. These accolades highlight the significant role played by its team to imagine, construct, and manage the greatest communities to live, work, and play.

Ashton Woods, Great Gulf Group’s U.S. affiliate, has been named the 2023 Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine. Over the past decade, Ashton Woods has experienced remarkable growth, expanding from $300 million to over $3.5 billion in revenue. This year, they secured the 12th position on the Builder 100 list, with 8,591 homes closed. “This honour is truly a testament to the collective work of our entire team,” said Ken Balogh, President, and CEO of Ashton Woods. “While it was never a stated goal of ours to be named Builder of the Year, it is a by-product of the incredible talent we have across the organization and a culture that empowers our teams to take big swings, make an impact and do the right thing. Every single one of our employees should feel a great sense of pride in this recognition.”

Great Gulf Group’s Canadian based Great Gulf Homes was honored with the Homebuilder of the Year - Low-Rise award by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). This award highlights Great Gulf's excellence in the design, construction, marketing, and sales of new homes in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The rigorous evaluation process involved the submission of over 990 entries, judged against stringent criteria by 40 experts from across Canada and the United States. Great Gulf's commitment to providing exceptional customer experiences was a key factor, as the judging process included a comprehensive customer satisfaction survey. “Every interaction with our purchasers from sales, construction, design, development, and service is an opportunity to deliver and execute on our core values and provide the optimal customer experience.” said Katy Schofield President, Low-Rise Residential Canada. “This award is a testament to the passion of our employees for this business and Great Gulf.” 

Furthermore, Great Gulf’s excellence was acknowledged with the BILD’s International Project of the Year award for La Clara, a remarkable 25-story high-rise condominium development in West Palm Beach, Florida. Neil Vohrah, President of High-Rise North America, expressed his delight at receiving this prestigious recognition, “This award celebrates the high-rise team and the entire organization for its vision and commitment to excellence.”

Finally, Great Gulf Homes won the highest honor for customer service with the Avid Service Award. “This award honours employees who receive exemplary customer satisfaction scores amongst the thousands of employees rated in the AvidCX platform, said Tad Putyra, President Low-Rise. “The Avid Service Awards are widely considered to be the premier awards for homebuilding professionals. Employees selected have scored in the top 5% in customer satisfaction nationwide.  Thank you to all our frontline people who earned this important recognition.”
The Great Gulf Group of Companies extends its sincerest gratitude to its customers, as well as its incredible team members, whose talent and dedication is unparalleled. Through a culture that empowers people to make a difference and a focus on delivering the best customer experiences, Great Gulf Group continues to set new standards in the building industry.

Established in 1975, the Great Gulf Group includes Great Gulf Homes; Ashton Woods Homes, the largest private homebuilder in the US; First Gulf, a commercial developer specialized in industrial, lab, data centres, and mixed-use properties; Tucker HiRise, specializing in the construction of high-density, mixed-used projects; H+ME Technology, a precision engineering panelization manufacturing facility; a new Recreation and Resort division responsible for Taboo and Lora Bay in Ontario and now Killington Mountain in Vermont; and a Build-To-Rent division with a growing presence across the U.S. Sunbelt States. Learn more at

Ashton Woods is the #1 private home builder in the United States and was recently named Builder of the Year by Builder magazine. The company markets its homes through its two award-winning brands, Ashton Woods Homes and Starlight Homes. The Ashton Woods brand is known for designing thoughtfully curated, inspired homes for people who love design.  The company’s industry-leading experience at The Studio and with AW Collections results in exceptional design and special designer touches in every Ashton Woods home. The Starlight Homes brand builds homes specifically for the first-time homebuyer, offering affordable homes with well-executed designs and quality finishes for buyers looking to make the dream of home ownership a reality.  The company’s commitment to innovation and continually evolving to meet the needs of the market is a key reason it is one of the most celebrated homebuilders in the nation, winning hundreds of national and local industry awards in product design, community design, architecture, merchandising, sales, marketing, customer service and innovation. Learn more at

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Madeline Zito, Senior Vice President Public Relations                     
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