PLM Employee, David Brooks, Inducted into Blanchard Oklahoma Athletic Hall of Fame


On October 7, 2017 David Brooks, Vice President of Land & Business Development, was inducted to the Blanchard Athletic Hall of Fame and honored for his athletic achievement and contributions to Blanchard High School athletics.  David’s best friend and fellow PLM employee, DeWayne Vaughn, gave his introduction.

David was honored for his accomplishments in baseball, basketball, and football.  He scored over 1,000 points in his high school basketball career, but he excelled the most in baseball. He was awarded the Johnny Bench Award, which honors the Oklahoma High School Baseball Player of the Year, his senior year.  He was also named to the Worth Sporting Goods High School All American Team which was selected by the Association of Collegiate Baseball Coaches. Following his high school career, David went on to pitch for the University of Oklahoma baseball team.

David’s father, Oscar, was inducted last year in the inaugural class, so David was honored to join his family legacy.  Also in attendance were David’s son, Aaron, and his sister.  Congratulations on your induction, David!

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Press Release: Purple Land Management Featured In INC. 5000

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The Fort Worth-based land services company was named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the third year in a row.

FORT WORTH, Texas (November 1, 2017)Purple Land Management (PLM), a full-service land management firm, has been recognized as one of the 2017 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America by Inc. 5000. They have been honored with this award two other times, making this the third in a row. The Inc. 5000 highlights privately held companies across the country that demonstrate the highest revenue growth over a three-year period.

“We can’t thank our customers and employees enough for making it possible for us to once again receive this honor,” said Jesse Hejny, president of PLM. “We made it on the list because of hundreds of dedicated employees and loyal customers who helped us power through one of the roughest years in recent memory in oilfield services.”

Established in 1982, the Inc. 5000 is a prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies, and it has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. For more information on the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America, please visit

To qualify for recognition in Inc. 5000’s 2017 edition, companies had to have met the following requirements:

  • Be a privately held, for-profit, United States-based company
  • Be an independent company
  • Have generated revenue by March 31, 2013
  • Have generated at least $2 million in revenue by December 31, 2016

PLM previously ranked #2055 on the list in 2016 and #1038 in 2015. The firm’s commitment to the energy industry — as well as their own, innovative, cloud-based data management tool called Overdrive,— has set them apart from so many other companies in the land management business.

About Purple Land Management

Founded in 2010, Purple Land Management set out to do work with the bar set high. They wanted to hire only the most naturally ambitious people, to provide ongoing education outreach, to execute projects with the highest quality of excellence and to establish working relationships that give more than they take. With nine office locations across the country and their industry-leading oil and gas asset management tool — called Overdrive — PLM is active in every major oil and gas basin in the United States. They offer comprehensive, tech-enabled land services, including lease negotiation, right-of-way acquisition, title and curative review, GIS mapping, contract review, verification and guidance on acquisitions of oil and gas assets. To learn more, visit

PLM Named Historic Preservation Project Award Winner

By: Cori Willett

On September 27, 2017 Purple Land Management (“PLM”) was honored to receive the Preservation Project Award from Historic Fort Worth, Inc. for the restoration of the Winfield Garage into what is now named Winfield Place.  Winfield Place now serves as PLM’s corporate headquarters.  The building was originally constructed in 1920 as a parking garage for 300 cars and today is a fully updated office space for over 150 employees and contractors.

Accepting the award on PLM’s behalf was Director of Land Operations, Cori Willett.  Also in attendance from PLM were Kristen Leighton, Matthew Cross, and John Dobbs.  The event recognized PLM along with several others in the community for their excellence in preservation projects, rehabilitation of residential properties, great stewardship of historic places and significant achievement in the restoration of historic resources.

The awards ceremony was also paired with the Cantey Lecture series and featured Beth Wiedower, Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Houston Field Office.  Ms. Wiedower spoke on preservation and the public process and encouraged listeners to take action in their communities.  PLM’s own Matthew Cross best summed up the evening by quoting Jane Jacobs who said, “Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings.  New ideas must use old buildings.”

PLM Sponsored: DAPL Rockies Bash Boosts AAPL Disaster Relief Fund

Purple Land Management was proud to sponsor the Denver Association of Professional Landmen’s 5th Annual Rockies Bash.  Proceeds from the event benefited the AAPL’s Disaster Relief Fund.  With the AAPL ending NAPE Rockies in recent years, the Rockies Bash is the premiere networking event for oil and gas processionals in the Denver area in 2018.

The AAPL announced in early September that they intend to provide up to $1.25 million in disaster relief for AAPL members whose lives were impacted by natural disasters including Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

“We want every landman on staff at PLM to be a member of the AAPL.  This organization does a tremendous job of providing educational materials for landmen, group benefits packages and options for independent landmen, and the

Disaster Relief Fund which is helping those who need it the most during this difficult hurricane season.  We are proud to support the DAPL and were proud to sponsor this event which will have a direct impact on the Disaster Relief Fund,” said PLM’s Vice President of Land Adrian Macias.  Adrian and Ryan Barnhart traveled from Fort Worth, TX, to attend the event.

Purple Land Management opened its Denver office in April 2013.  Aaron McCamant, Calie McCamant, Nick Johnson and others relocated from existing PLM offices to help open this new field office.  PLM was very lucky to hire Jack Pelletier, Jamie Luckenbill, Jarred Cross, Chris Michael, and others very quickly after opening the Denver office.  The entire Denver office was invited to the event which PLM has sponsored for four straight years.

PLM’s Denver, CO, office is just steps away from Denver’s 16th street mall and the company occupies the entire 5th Floor of the US Bank Building at 17th and California.  Jamie Luckenbill is currently managing the office of over twenty landmen who work on projects for Denver based customers or for projects in the Colorado area.

For more information on how to make a donation to the DAPL Disaster Relief Fund, click here.


PLM Proudly Supports Oklahoma City Charities

“The Purple Way” means giving more than you take.  It is a motto and a lifestyle that our company has embraced since its inception.  The Purple Way is about going above and beyond; it is the reason we support and give back to our community.  Over the last few months, PLM has had the opportunity to embrace the Oklahoma City charitable community with our involvement with United Way Emerging Leaders and Oklahoma City Rescue Mission.

In August we had the opportunity partner with United Way and be a sponsor at the Emerging Leaders “Raising the Stakes” casino night fundraising event. United Way’s Emerging Leaders mission is to encourage adults under 40 to become the next generation of United Way Leaders by engaging them with peers, encouraging leadership growth, and exposing individuals to volunteer opportunities.

“The folks at PLM are always very generous and giving. Having PLM involved in United Way of Central Oklahoma means so much to me since I work with them on a daily basis. It’s nice to know that the folks I work with are quality people inside and out!” said Lindsey Fixley, Senior Landman, Ascent Resources.

In September, we were honored to sponsor the 18th annual Oklahoma City Rescue Mission of Hope Banquet.  City Rescue Mission is a private, faith-based nonprofit organization that offers homeless individuals shelter, food and clothing, along with the opportunity to end their homelessness through programs like our Bridge to Life recovery program.

These partnerships have been both enriching and rewarding to be a part of and we look forward to future opportunities to give back to our local communities, The Purple Way.

2017 PLM Summer Internship Program

By: Chase Montgomery

This summer, Purple Land Management hired four interns giving them the opportunity to see what life was like to work within the oil and gas industry. The degree fields for the interns ranged widely, from a law student to a geologist, making the class very well rounded. The internship was designed around a series of “lunch and learn” sessions that covered different aspects of what we do at Purple Land Management. Each session speaker was someone within the company whose job revolved heavily around the topic of the week. The first session covered title basics, while the following sessions covered leasing and our GIS Overdrive program. Each session included a question and answer portion where the interns had the chance to really understand the intricacies of each aspect of a land services company. The lunch and learn sessions were a complete success that added valuable insight to the internship program.

The interns were given the chance to complete two separate projects during their time with Purple. The first weeks of their internship were spent running supplemental title in the state of Ohio. This project gave the interns a taste of what it is like to be a true Landman. Each intern was responsible for their own work, as well as making sure all corrections were completed quickly and efficiently. This project also gave them a chance to read full title opinions and see what a completed parcel looks like, not to mention the amount of work that goes into it. Completing this project was an ideal way to introduce title to the intern team.

The second project the intern team was given was a rush project for a client in Ohio. It involved drafting leases and ratifications so that the client would be able to have a “mass signing”where they would be able to lease an entire area all at once. The tight deadline for this project pushed the interns to stay focused and organized from start to finish, and gave them the opportunity to perform under pressure. Each intern worked diligently and made sure that the project was completed before the deadline.

“Purple Land Management’s summer internship program was a truly valuable experience. The weekly lunches that included hearing from experienced land men about how our work fit in to the bigger picture here at Purple were both interesting and informative. Overall the internship program was tremendous” said Scott Trostle.

While the internship program was focused mainly on education and title abstracting, they did manage to have a little fun as well. The team was treated to a Texas Rangers Baseball game for all their hard work. This program was an incredible experience for both the intern team and all that interacted with them; we can’t wait to have another group of interns next year!

Submit your application here if you are interested in applying for our next internship program!

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


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!