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Drilling Deep: Getting into the business as a dispatcher

Also on the podcast: The latest diesel update

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There are lots of entry points into the trucking industry: driver, broker, mechanic. One that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the role of an independent dispatcher.

But that job is the focus of what Laura Weston does. She’s the head of Effective Dispatching Plus and it’s her job to take somebody who might be interested in entering the trucking business as a dispatcher and tell him or her how to prepare. As she notes on the Drilling Deep podcast with host John Kingston, it is a way to get into the business with a relatively low barrier of entry that may also allow you to perform dispatching as a second career.

Also on the podcast, Kingston discusses the latest further tightening of East Coast diesel supplies but why it isn’t showing up in some key numbers. 

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John Kingston

John has an almost 40-year career covering commodities, most of the time at S&P Global Platts. He created the Dated Brent benchmark, now the world’s most important crude oil marker. He was Director of Oil, Director of News, the editor in chief of Platts Oilgram News and the “talking head” for Platts on numerous media outlets, including CNBC, Fox Business and Canada’s BNN. He covered metals before joining Platts and then spent a year running Platts’ metals business as well. He was awarded the International Association of Energy Economics Award for Excellence in Written Journalism in 2015. In 2010, he won two Corporate Achievement Awards from McGraw-Hill, an extremely rare accomplishment, one for steering coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the other for the launch of a public affairs television show, Platts Energy Week.