At WCS Permits & Pilot Cars, we hire quality people who bring value to our business and work family, which is why we have such a strong team.
Today we are featuring our newest Transportation Consultant, Stara Kuhn, who joined the WCS team in June. Stara brings 18 years of permitting experience to the company and discusses her career journey in the Q&A below.
What is Your Experience in the Oversize Transport Permitting Industry?
I worked for Keen Transport for 18 years as a Permit Specialist. I was hired on young and was looking for something permanent, and as soon as I got into the industry I knew it was permanent. The oversize transport industry is an industry where it either clicks or it doesn’t, and it immediately clicked for me. I mostly permitted heavy loads hauling construction equipment, including 13-axle loads, sometimes bigger.
What do you love most about the industry?
I just love coming to work! I love the challenge that you face each and every day. You could be in the industry for 100 years and you still learn new things and will never absolutely know everything.
What led you to your position at WCS?
I felt a little stuck in a rut and wanted a change. I knew I had much more to offer as my knowledge had expanded over the years in this industry. I am fast and efficient which is a huge quality that I was recognized for, and I was ready for a change. I had lots of ideas and wanted to share them, and it was time so I took the leap. After 18 years, I went back to look for work, which was scary, but I applied for the position at WCS Permits and here I am.
What is your role at WCS?
I am a Transportation Consultant and will be helping customers with oversize load permits. When you’re obtaining permits for oversize loads you also have to help customers along the way with different rules and regulations, routing and any issues that come up, so I’m excited to be helping customers with the whole process.
What will a typical day look like for you once you settle into your role at WCS?
Once I finish training, I will be in the WCS permit portal every day ordering permits for customers. I’ll be working with various customers and look forward to working on whatever project or challenge comes my way.
What is unique about working at WCS?
At WCS, everyone is so welcoming and so willing to help explain anything. If I have a question, someone immediately picks up a phone and helps me. People are genuine, you think that doesn’t exist, but then you see it here and that motivates you. I have not been this happy in years!
What do you find most challenging about your role at WCS?
Every day is a challenge in the oversize load industry. Every load you permit is unique and each load will pose its own challenge. You just have to always be up for it and remain ready to problem solve.
What do you like to do for fun?
I have three daughters and three dogs, and they keep me busy. Between the six of them and my other half, I am pretty much booked up. I have 14-year-old twins and a 17-year-old that keep me involved in their school activities and volleyball. When I am not running around with them, I enjoy having a little bit of peace and quiet. We sneak away to the beach for a long weekend whenever we can.