PLM Founders Accept TCU Leaders in Energy Award

Purple Land Management’s Co-Founders, Jesse Hejny and Bryan Cortney, were honored by the TCU Energy Management Program with the Leaders in Energy Award.  The banquet was held at TCU on April 27, 2017.  Jesse and Bryan were introduced by Dr. Ken Morgan, Director of the TCU Energy Management Program, who thanked PLM for their support of TCU over the years.  Past winners include Trevor Rees-Jones, founder of Chief Oil, as well as Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

“This business would not be here today if it wasn’t for so many great friends who helped make this company what it is today. From the Four Sevens team who gave Bryan and I a shot, to our ‘First Team’  of Customers, (Kade Smith, David Brooks, Matt Reser, Jeff Ramsdell and Kade Smith) to our management team, I am just so thankful for all the people without whom this company would not be here,” remarked  Hejny.  Mr. Hejny delivered a rousing speech that detailed the history of the company including its humble beginnings.  

Mr. Hejny also took several minutes to thank two of PLM’s first employees, Don Thoms and Tammy Coyne.  “Don Thoms has traveled the nation for PLM and been a model landman for everyone we have on staff.  His efforts in the Barnett were instrumental to PLM earning opportunities elsewhere.”   In regards to Ms. Coyne, Hejny remarked “When Bryan and I started PLM, we knew we had to hire Tammy to build out our back office. We needed someone who would roll up her sleeves and do whatever it took to help us get the business jump-started.  PLM is not PLM without Tammy Coyne.”  PLM’s annual Landman of the Year Award is named after Mr. Thoms.

Several members of PLM’s management team attended the banquet, including former customer turned PLM’s Vice President of Business Development, David Brooks.  “I am so proud of Jesse and Bryan for building this company the right way and creating an environment that has helped hundreds of landmen break into the oil and gas industry,” Brooks said. “It is a pleasure to have played a small role in their early success, but I wouldn’t have been a loyal customer without them delivering terrific customer service and building a great land team around them.”

“We are so thankful to have such a special relationship with TCU,” remarked PLM’s Vice President of Land Operations, Ryan Barnhart.   “We have been able to  hire some great people out of there and hopefully this award will further show TCU’s students what a great career path they can have at PLM.”  Mr. Barnhart is himself a graduate of TCU.  PLM presently employs over 100 landmen in its Fort Worth, TX, headquarters including several dozen TCU alumni.

The Life of a Landman

CNN Money recently had an article on the 25 best jobs in America. On a list of 100 they ranked jobs with the best growth, best pay and the most satisfying work. The position of landman was listed in spot #3. A CNN Money reporter reached out to us to get some insight into what landmen do. With offices across the nation, and landmen from different disciplines and different backgrounds, we were able to provide them with some truly unique landmen experiences. One such story is that of  Brian Kiser from our Denver office. He submitted a story he titled “Have Bike, Will Travel” to The Playbook about a recent assignment that he was given where he was able to really get out in the field. His story tells you a lot about why so many people love being landmen.

Located in the middle of the Unitah Basin, Duschesne Utah is pretty rural. Stark population surrounded by stark beauty, to which the adjacent Starvation State Park is a testament. Centered around Starvation Lake, this ominously named park is framed by the beautiful mesas and buttes Utah is famous for. Three miles from town, down some dirt roads in the park, I found a nice spot on a hilltop being the highest point on the mesa, to park and camp; quiet solitude and 360 degree views of the canyon lands.

I’ve never been too keen on hotels. They seem to remove the opportunity for spontaneity and adventure that traveling can provide. Learning to eschew certain creature comforts has found me in some interesting places over the years. From a tee-pee in New Mexico eating roadkill venison steaks on Thanksgiving, to a drafty squat house during a Tulsa winter full of friendly hobos and pitbulls; I would never trade these experiences for room service and an ice machine. That is not to say this form of travel is for everyone. It’s not. In fact, it appeared I was the only person camped in the entire park. Utah temperatures are already below Colorado  in areas and I supposed that is unappealing to some.

For a week on my private mountaintop I watched the sunset, had campfires, listened to Hand Williams Jr., and fell asleep to roving bands of howling coyotes. And every morning, a quick outdoor shower while watching the sun rise before heading to the courthouse. Who needs coffee when you can pour cold water on your head in 40 degree weather? It’s a jolt to be sure.

During my time in Duschesne, every morning while returning to camp I drove past a large drill site in the midst of being fracked and a new pipeline being buried. I was struck by the unusual inter-connectedness of myself and those workers – their work versus mine. Despite the obvious differences, common ground exists; we’re both functioning as tiny pieces of an Industry supporting an incalculable amount of families industries, and subsidiary infrastructures existing on  a vast, global scale. It was a moment that gave me pause and a little self reflection. So often we’re consumed with the demands of the now – the immediacy of things right in front to four face – that we overlook the bigger picture. As the saying goes, familiarity breed contempt. That is to say, the absence of learning and discovery is the death of thought and growth. I’ve found that for myself, in choosing the unfamiliar, the challenging, the proverbial road less traveled, I’m continually confronting my own preconceptions and redefining my paradigm. And this, for me at least, has proven to be a great thing.

In The News: Jance Floyd on

jancePurple Land Management had the incredible honor of being interviewed by CNNMoney for the newest “Best Jobs in America” article. Our very own Jance Floyd was able to provide some insight on what being a landman is really about, and why we take so much pride in what we do. Congratulations to all landmen, your job is ranked the 3rd best job in America! View the full article here.

In The News: Nathan McIntyre Talks GIS in Permian Basin Oil And Gas Magazine

nats-quoteNathan McIntyre, our Vice President of Land and Technical Operations, was interviewed for an article in the Permian Basin Oil and Gas Magazine. He was one of three people interviewed for the magazine’s article about the world of GIS. In it he provides a deeper understanding as to what GIS is and how that is used to make Overdrive so powerful.


Read the full article to discover the power of Overdrive and GIS!

Sponsorship: PBLA Clay Shoot

pblaPLM sponsored the PBLA clay shoot on September 30, 2016. As a station sponsor we were able to setup the PLM tent on the course and handed out waters, red bull and sunflower seeds. We had a blast on the course and were proud to sponsor this event. We showed Midland #ThePurpleWay.

PLM to Attend WSCU Golf Tournament

wscu-1Purple Land Management attended the 3rd Annual Energy Management Golf Tournament for Western State Colorado University on September 16th. All of the proceeds support Western’s Energy Management Program and we had a blast showing our support! This team dominated the golf tournament and showed Denver #ThePurpleWay.

Sponsorship: OKC Rescue Mission

city-mission-2Purple Land Management was a table sponsor for the Oklahoma City Rescue Mission fund raising event on September 14, 2016. Bob Kelly, General Council at Ascent, is on the City Rescue Mission Board of Directors. Kade Smith, Matt Reser and Serena Evans from Ascent were in attendance. The City Rescue Mission helps the homeless and near homeless in the OKC Area. They served over 20,000 people last year. It’s a Christian based group who provide food, training, shelter and support with the goal of moving them back to independence. There were some wonderful testimonials from several individuals who have benefited greatly from the services provided by The City Rescue Mission. David Brooks said “I intend to do some volunteer work there along with my Son in the coming months. A great cause doing great things for people in need here in OKC. I’m proud of PLM for supporting this effort.” city-mission-1

PLM to Attend Summer NAPE

Purple 1Purple Land Management attended the Summer NAPE expo from August 10th through 11th, 2016. The AAPL debuted their brand new NAPE Theater to allow for the presentation of services and prospects. Nathan McIntyre, our Vice President of Land and Technical Operations was the first speaker and gave an amazing presentation about Overdrive™ powered by Esri®. His speech was posted to Facebook Live and drew traffic to the booth for questions and demonstrations of Overdrive™.

Purple offices were represented by Jesse Hejny, Bryan Cortney, Adrian Macias, Nathan McIntyre, Ryan Barnhart, Arthur Medina, Thomas Carrington, Taylor Stallons and Callie Soltis. It was a very successful event for the company and the attendees were able to catch up with old friends and customers.

We hosted a happy hour at Hearsay on the Green with more than 100 people representing over 50 different companies that PLM does work for across the nation. There was a caricaturist who provided portraits to those at the happy hour. Arthur Medina took a swing at it as well. He found out that he should stick to land work. Thank you to those who attended Summer NAPE!

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In The News: PLM Makes Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America

PLM made the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for the 2nd year! We were featured in the Houston Business Journal list of the Texas based companies featured on Inc. 5000. We came in at 14th in Texas! There were only 17 energy companies in Texas on this list and a handful of Oil and Gas companies on the list. Congratulations to Drillinginfo for making the list as well!


PLM to Attend YPE OKC Event

OKC YPE 4PLM attended the YPE OKC Charity Golf event. Their team dominated the golf tournament. The team consisted of Arthur Medina, Gene Vallandingham, Lindsey Fixley, Chelsea Lewis, Liz Thompson and Christen Morgan. Complete with American flags, walkie talkies (to game plan from separate golf carts), air horns (to let the competition know they were coming), and exploding golf balls (to blast their competitors with dust), they conquered this event. They took home memories, and most importantly, trophies. The Playbook Committee couldn’t hear past the celebratory cheering to get one on one interviews with the team but rumor has it Gene Vallandingham caught 22 pokemon on the course in between rounds of golf. Our team showed the YPE OKC golf event #thepurpleway!