From Todd Dills, Overdrive:
Mintu Pandher’s 78-year-old father is a professor of history today in Colorado, where the father brought his family in the late 1990s, following the wave of Sikh migration from India that got into full swing in the 1980s after the assassination of Indira Ghandi and subsequent Sikh-targeted mob violence.
Following school, Pandher got behind the wheel of a truck running intrastate hazmat as an owner-operator when he was 22, in 2003. He hauled fuel out of Fort Morgan, Colo., where he lived, for a relative who owned a gas station, working six-seven hours a day during the week, more full-time on the weekends.
In 2008, Pandher followed the growth in oil drilling into independence as Akal Energy, growing fairly quickly over several years with contracts with some fuel providers, running out of his current home base of Laramie, Wyo.