In the Office: PLM Recognizes Jeff Orr as October Landman of the Month

Jeff Orr is described by his peers as an outstanding teacher and cornerstone of the ARU team. Jeff has done a phenomenal job getting new team members up to speed on how things are done and teaching them from the ground up; he is extremely patient and kind at the same time. He makes helping others succeed a top priority, all while managing his own work load.

Jeff encourages an environment in which we can learn from each other and have fun working at the same time. He is investing his time and energy into making sure everyone succeeds. Thank you for all of your hard work at Purple, Jeff. Our team wouldn’t function as well on a daily basis without you!

PLM and the Rojas-Garner Twins Doing Their Part – Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

After already dealing with an economic crisis and serious issues from other recent hurricanes with devastating effects, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico extremely hard.  Many families are still without power and the overall relief response has not been adequate, leaving the country in desperate need of help and supplies.

Ricardo Rojas’ twins, Adila Violeta and Emiliano Ricardo (seen in the picture doing their part) attend Mi Casita, a Spanish Immersion Preschool in Fort Worth, where they have helped organize a donation and relief effort for those families in desperate need of supplies.  The Rojas-Garner family practices giving more than they take and have enlisted PLM to help collect donations and to show their support and do it the Purple Way!

PLM Hosts TTU Law School Alumni Happy Hour

 

                

Purple Land Management was proud to host newly named Texas Tech University School of Law Dean, Jack Wade Nowlin, at a reception for law alumni.  The event, held September 14th at PLM’s Corporate office in downtown Fort Worth, was attended by fifty local alumni of Texas Tech School of Law.  PLM has been actively recruiting law graduates and energy management students from Texas Tech for several years.

The event was sponsored by Purple Land Management and Tech Law Alumni Adrian Macias.  Adrian is PLM’s Vice President of Corporate Development.  “Some of our best landmen in Midland and Fort Worth are law graduates of Texas Tech School of Law.  We were so excited to welcome Dean Nowlin to Fort Worth and to allow the local Tech Law alumni to come to our corporate office and learn more about what we do here at PLM.”

This event was one of many around the state that Dean Nowlin has attended since being named head of Tech Law on June 6, 2017.  Events were held for local alumni from El Paso to Dallas.  Dean Nowlin is a native of San Angelo, Texas, and spent the previous seventeen years at Ole Miss.

Temple Anderson, manager of PLM’s Midland, TX, office, will attend a career fair at Texas Tech University next Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  If you are interested in attending and learning more about career opportunities with PLM, please contact Kristen Leighton at kleighton@purplelandmgmt.com.

 

The Changing of the Guard

By Callie Soltis

The Great Crew Change is a phrase that describes the age gap within the oil and gas workforce. It describes those with experience who are over 50 years old and those who have less or no experience who are under 35. This is referred to the old guard and the new guard. At one point, this was a huge problem within the industry. People questioned what would happen when half of their workforce began to enter retirement and years of experience and knowledge would be lost.

The advancements in technology and expansion of the internet have helped solve the issue of losing the more experienced employees to retirement. New technologies have attracted a younger workforce to the industry; the combination of that technology and the internet have helped the younger demographic make up for their lack of experience. This has ushered in the new guard in oil and gas.

PLM exemplifies the new guard. We hire smart, driven people who come from all walks of life, with or without experience. PLM looks for people who are self-motivated and determined to drive themselves to the next level. 20 years of experience is not required to work with Purple.

Our employees come from a variety of backgrounds. Joe Grotts began his career with the United States Marine Corps and served 8 years on active duty in the Infantry. The leadership experience he was exposed to during that time provided him with all of his future professional civilian opportunities. Joe then went on to work for a Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 company specializing in rental uniform sales and service before joining Purple. Sandy Lunsford owns a 7 X 11 Gordon Printing Press which she used to start her own business, Lexa Letterpress. It is over 100 years old and weighs 800 pounds. She has used her printing press to create unique pieces including stationery, cards, gift tags, thank you cards, and more.

Another employee, David Brooks, is a member of the old guard. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in the 80s with a degree in Petroleum Land Management, David went to work for Sun Oil Company, a fully integrated oil and gas company, as a landman and never looked back. Throughout his career, David has worked at every level with major, large independent and privately-owned companies. He has lived and worked all over the country, but the most enjoyable part of his journey has been the relationships with the people he has met along the way.

From teachers to ice hockey mascots, event planners to campaigners, law clerks to valets, restauranteurs to veterans, flight attendants to caterers, and lawyers to theater majors, PLM employs people who have done almost every job in the book. What makes PLM unique is not that everyone has years and years of experience; it’s that we’re made up of people who work hard so that they can decide what they do next. People who harness the power of new technologies to better themselves because lack of experience doesn’t mean you can’t be the next game changer!

We are always on the lookout for top talent. If you think you have what it takes to join the Purple team, please submit your resume here!

In the Office: PLM Recognizes Chase Montgomery as September Landman of the Month

Chase Montgomery, Fort Worth, was recognized as the PLM Don Thoms Landman of the Month in September.

Chase embodies the definition of “The Purple Way.” In addition to leading his team, Chase has spent a great amount of time training new hires. With each incoming hire that he trains, he steps up and faces the challenge of completing his work at a high standard while helping others. Chase never hesitates to answer a question and has a real way of making people feel welcome.

Chase has a positive attitude and always compliments work, all while helping others with their questions. He is hardworking and willing to put in the extra hours to get a project done. Chase has personally recruited several new employees to PLM and is involved in company social events. PLM is lucky to have Chase as part of the team! Congratulations on being voted Landman of the Month by your peers, Chase!

PLM to Attend Summer NAPE

Purple Land Management attended the Summer NAPE expo August 16-17, 2017.  We served as the popcorn sponsor and made sure attendees kept their hunger at bay throughout the day. Nathan McIntyre, Vice President of Land and Technical Operations, had the opportunity to speak at the NAPE Theater. He gave an amazing presentation about Overdrive™ powered by Esri®. His speech was streamed live on Facebook and Instagram and drew traffic to the booth for questions and demonstrations of Overdrive™.

We hosted a happy hour at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar and had more than 50 people in attendance which represented a large variety of companies that PLM does work for across the nation.  The dueling pianists took song requests from the audience and had everyone singing along, while definitely off key, to popular tunes for hours. A new rendition of the YMCA was performed on stage by Arthur Medina, Nathan McIntyre, David Brooks, Justin Mayhall and John Soltis.  While their dance moves were entertaining, we think they should stick to their day job. Attendees also were able to enjoy a photo booth at the happy hour.

Purple offices were represented by Jesse Hejny, Bryan Cortney, Adrian Macias, Nathan McIntyre, Ryan Barnhart, Arthur Medina, Temple Anderson, Cori Willett, Aaron McCamant, David Brooks, Taylor Stallons, Sutton Steele and Whitney Sellers.  Summer NAPE was very a successful event for the company and the attendees were able to catch up with many old friends and customers.

We want to extend our thanks to those who attended Summer NAPE and helped make it a great success!  We look forward to seeing everyone again at NAPE Summit in February.

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 Community: PLM Helps to Support Ronald McDonald House

Give more than you take.  This is the philosophy of Purple Land Management.  It’s not just a motto.  It is the guiding principle that we use when making day-to-day decisions.  It’s also the reason why we believe so strongly in supporting our community.  During the 2016 holiday season, employees at PLM’s Fort Worth office donated over 100 pounds of food to the Tarrant Area Food Bank.  This tremendous outpouring of generosity motivated us to want to do more for our neighbors in need.  So, during each quarter of 2017, PLM will focus on helping a deserving community organization.  For the first quarter, we chose to donate to the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. 

Having a child who is sick enough to be hospitalized is a stressful and emotionally taxing situation.  The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth is helping to ease this burden for parents by providing them a comfortable and affordable place to stay that is close to the hospital.  During the month of February, PLM is doing their part to help the Ronald McDonald House fulfill their mission by collecting needed items for these families to use during their time at the house.  This is just one example of the employees of PLM giving more than they take to make our community a better place.

About Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth

Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth is an invaluable resource for families of sick or injured children who are receiving medical care in area hospitals.  They provide a home-away-from-home for these families who need to be close to their hospitalized kids.  The Ronald McDonald House is located within walking distance of many of the city’s hospitals, including Cook Children’s Medical Center.

Ronald McDonald House

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.