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.