In the Office: PLM Recognizes David Johns as May Landman of the Month

May Landman of the Month goes to David Johns, a.k.a. “DJ” in the PLM Midland office! David is a project manager who moved to Midland from the Fort Worth office a little over a year ago. Since moving, he has been an integral part of the team in the Permian office. He now oversees a leasing project, which is the first leasing project to be headed out of Midland. David also contributes to the recruiting process to help continue to build a great team out in the Permian Basin.

DJ is always willing to help and answer questions at any time, even on his busiest days. He continually has a great attitude and motivates the whole office to work hard and be their best self! He is a great role model since he is always kind, funny, and hard-working, no matter the

circumstance. His one-of-a-kind mustache is the official Permian mascot and always keeps the spirit of the office high when it is around! The Permian office is grateful for DJ and would not be where they are today without him.

Please join Purple in congratulating David Johns on being named May Landman of the Month!

PLM Midland attends PBLA Shrimp Boil & Golf Tournament

This year’s PBLA shrimp boil and golf tournament was an astounding success! The PLM Midland Branch hosted a pre-shrimp boil happy hour where many of PLM’s clients were invited to attend. It was hosted on the rooftop bar of the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Midland and was a fantastic time for all those who came out to the event. Everyone in attendance bonded over great drinks and some perfect weather that was not too windy for once!

After the happy hour, the Permian Basin Landman’s Association (“PBLA”) hosted their annual Shrimp Boil at The Bar in downtown Midland. Landmen from all over crowded the venue to eat delicious shrimp, enjoy beer, live music, and good company. PLM Midland had a great showing of landmen who came out for the boil and were able to connect and mingle with clients and other professionals in the field. It was not only a great networking event, but a great time for all who attended.

The very next morning, the PBLA hosted the annual Golf Classic at The Hogan Golf Course in Midland. PLM had a premiere spot on the course where a tent was set up right off the tee box of the 16th Hole. Koozies, croakies, PLM cups, and beverages were handed out to the golfers as they made their way to the hole. For the second year in a row, PLM provided brick oven fired pizzas from the Cane D’oro Pizza Truck at the tent. Golfers were more than pleased—who doesn’t love pizza and golf?

The Shrimp Boil and Golf Classic are the premiere events for the PBLA. Clients and landmen from all over come out to Midland to partake in what they call the “Landman’s Spring Break.” It was not only a fun and exciting time for everyone, but was also a great opportunity for lasting connections and friendships. The PLM Midland office was proud and honored to represent Purple “The Purple Way” to those who attended the event. One thing is certain, PLM Midland is eagerly looking forward to next year’s event!

PLM Canton Supports Ronald McDonald House Charities One Energy Drink at a Time!

The PLM Canton office has been using their office’s love of energy drinks for a good cause. They have been collecting “pop tabs” since May of last year for their favorite local business, Peace Love and Little Donuts of Canal Fulton and their friend Micah, a first grader at Northwest Primary school.

The tabs collected by PLLD & Micah will be dropped off to the Ronald McDonald House Charity chapter in Cleveland. These tabs are then recycled by the charity and all of the money accumulated goes directly to the RMHC. According the RMHC website, “collecting pop tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling while raising funds to help children and their families at the same time. Some of our Chapters raise thousands of dollars with their pop tab collections – up to $30,000.”

Ronald McDonald House is a charity that provides resources for sick children and their families who have extended stays at hospitals during medical crisis. A few of the many resources they provide are actual homes for the children and their families to stay in at little to no cost to the families while they’re receiving their medical care, mobile care facilities providing pediatric health care to children in isolated areas, and Global Grant Programs to provide funding to nonprofit programs around the world.

We’ve been happy to do our small part the Purple way to support a great charity in a very simple way, and also to help Peace Love and Little Donuts help first grader Micah make a difference in his community.

In the Office: PLM Recognizes Matt Tomich as April Landman of the Month

Matt Tomich represents the leasing component of the Gas and Oil Industry in the most professional way and displays expertise that paves the way for other landmen. He is always willing to help someone out no matter how busy he is. Matt ensures Ascent Resources has the right to use, drill on, or pump through property owned by individuals and local businesses in our area by obtaining signed leases weekly.

Matt is a role model to other landmen in areas of leadership, negotiations skills, and demonstration of pertinent knowledge pertaining to the tri-state area. Matt is obtaining a MBA and yet, has not showed any signs of stress while in our office. He keeps everyone at the St. Clairsville 2 office laughing and informed. Matt brings a light and fun feeling to the office, but also pushes everyone to do their best and be the best landman they can be. He is an amazing co-worker who represents Purple Land Management to the highest standard.

Please join Purple in congratulating Matt Tomich on being named April Landman of the Month!

NAPE SUMMIT 2018: The Purple Way

Purple Land Management attended NAPE Summit Expo February 7-9, 2018 in Houston, TX. Purple served as the drink sponsor, making sure that the 13,000 attendees’ thirst stayed quenched throughout the day. We doubled the size of the booth space this year which meant double the traffic! Our booth stayed packed with people getting Overdrive demos, massages and collecting the best swag to be found at NAPE…Purple fanny packs! Nathan McIntyre gave a presentation on Overdrive at the NAPE theater and it was live streamed on Purple’s social media accounts. Our booth received lots of activity as result of Nathan’s excellent presentation.

A happy hour was hosted at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar and had over 120 people in attendance. The dueling pianists took song requests all night while everyone sang along… off key. Bryan Cortney even took the stage for a few minutes! Guests enjoyed specialty crafted cocktails including The Purple Gatorade, The David Brooks, and The Concussion.

Purple offices were represented by Bryan Cortney, Adrian Macias, Ryan Barnhart, Steve Smart, Whitney Sellers, Kristen Leighton, Cori Willett, Christina Sherwood, David Brooks, Nathan McIntyre, and Arthur Medina. NAPE Summit 2018 was a huge success for the company; thank you to everyone who attended!

In the Office: PLM Recognizes Cori Willett as March Landman of the Month

Cori joined PLM in 2011 and has been an integral part of the team essentially since her start. Cori bought experience gained while writing Title Opinions for a Fort Worth law firm and was able to jump onto special projects, literally, on day #1. Having spent much of her early years at Purple working high maintenance and often very complex West Texas title projects, she eventually became our team’s go-to West Texas title manager. Her knack for complex title combined with her ability and drive to network within the industry has allowed Cori to carry PLM teams far; she has been a vital piece of the equation in working to build upon and diversify PLM’s customer base in Fort Worth and Midland.

In 2017 she was responsible for bringing in multiple new West Texas customers to PLM who have brought sustainable and long-term work to dozens of landmen who are still working for these customers today. Cori is well known and well regarded at industry events due to her constant willingness to represent PLM teams at happenings across the region and she is a much-appreciated, top tier, hard-working member of the family.

In her free time, Cori enjoys being outdoors with her dog Jax (named after Adrian Macias’s dog, Jax), eating top-tier chips at the best local patios and partaking in karaoke with her friends. Please join us in congratulating Cori Willett as being named PLM’s March Landman of the Month!

 

In the Office: PLM Recognizes Andrew Arnot as February Landman of the Month

Andrew has been a key member of the Permian team in Fort Worth for several months.  Most recently he helped execute a large scale due diligence project that required a great deal of organization and attention to detail.  Andrew has quickly excelled and established himself as a leader and asset on the Permian team.  He takes the initiative to teach others and finds ways in which to better streamline processes throughout the duration of a project.  From the simplest task to the most complicated, Andrew always strives for excellence and takes pride in his work product.  He is always the first to volunteer when there is an urgent need even if it is over a weekend or holiday.

Andrew sets an incredible example of work ethic and professionalism not just for the Permian remote team, but the entire Fort Worth office.  Please join us in congratulating our February Landman of the Month, Andrew Arnot.

Megan Slabach Named 2017 Don Thoms Landman of the Year

PLM is pleased to announce that Megan Slabach is the 2017 Don Thoms Landman of the Year.  Megan has been an anchor in the Canton office for nearly five years. She started as a member of Land Administration where she helped build some of PLM’s most essential standard operating procedures. Mrs. Slabach is currently PLM’s Sr. Solutions Architect and is responsible for overseeing PLM and Overdrive’s back-end project management infrastructure, reporting, and land metrics.

Megan has also excelled at project work and helped design and construct a reporting process on a large-scale leasing project that would later form the basis for Overdrive (PLM’s Land Management Platform that has since been designed on the Esri ArcGIS Platform). Megan spent several months in PLM’s remote field office in Mississippi where she helped develop a system for organizing entire courthouse title plants within Overdrive.

“To say Megan is a ‘life-saver’ is an understatement,” said Adrian Macias, PLM Vice President of Land. “PLM’s growth would not have been possible without her ability to streamline processes, manage data, and work with customers on unique problems that run outside of the ordinary title and leasing process.”

This year, Megan has helped one of the largest oil and gas families in the US (with assets in 22 different states) re-organize a billion dollar asset base and capture properties that weren’t properly in pay or needed corrective action. “Megan is an incredibly humble professional who is quietly working behind the scenes to keep the ship on course. She is my right hand woman and always brings a different and necessary perspective to the projects we work on together. I am proud to call her a colleague and am excited to see what 2018 has in store for her career at PLM,” said Nathan McIntyre, VP of Technical Operations.

Mrs. Slabach is repeatedly given tight deadline projects from company management because of her absolute attention to detail, work ethic, and ability to leverage technology to create efficiencies in operations. PLM is honored to have her on staff and pleased to congratulate her as the 2018 Don Thoms Landman of the Year.  Congratulations, Megan!

Mission Statement: The Purple Way

By: Jance Floyd

The foundation of our company is its mission statement.  Purple Land Management’s mission is threefold: to hire the naturally ambitious and provide ongoing education outreach, to execute projects with the highest quality of excellence and detail, and to establish working relationships that give more than they take.  We will take this mission statement and divide it into several parts, discussing and analyzing each in order that we can better understand why we are unique.  Why we are unique for those individuals looking to join our team, why we are unique for those currently on our team, and why we are unique from the point of view of our clients and communities.

1. To hire the natural ambitious and provide educational outreach

In order for any team to be effective, this point is critical.  It may appear at first glance that this is simply a statement that goes to the heart of what Purple searches for in team members, however, dissecting it further reveals that this instead is a quality of Purple that is more important to its people.  It also answers two of the questions laid out before: why we are unique for those individuals looking to join our team, and why we are unique for those currently on our team.

Why we are unique for those looking to join our team

In times such as these where strong companies show their mettle, it is vital to understand why individuals in the industry would want to join our team.  The answer to this question is hidden in this first portion of the mission statement. For those looking to join our team, we are unique in that our company is represented by a wide swath of diverse characters each though having one trait in common, they are qualified.  When someone looks for a company to be a part of, they should have as a prerequisite this exact subject.  Only in a space such as this will a person be able to most fully realize their capabilities.  At Purple, you can rely on your co-workers for educational growth, for motivational inspiration, and personal support.

Why we are unique for those currently on our team

It is easy from the outside to determine that Purple’s team is qualified, but what is more difficult to determine is the next point, which is coincidentally also the answer to why individuals on our team feel we are unique as a company. Ambition is defined as a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.  Due to the hiring standards, ambition is engrained in our company with every new member’s arrival.  It fosters an environment that is occupied by a shared longing for success and a willingness for hard work.  While most entities in the professional realm have this to a degree, many stop at this point and simply say they have the people and that is just fine.  Not here.  Purple adds the key ingredient so that ambition can be realized to its fullest potential- opportunity.  Whether its project variation, role promotion, or location permeability, the access for the tangible realization of ambition is present.  You don’t work hard for nothing, and you don’t use your determination on a hamster wheel, upward mobility is real.  You can realize results.

Purple’s emphasis on continuing education, skill development, and educational outreach is another reason we are unique to our team members. Whether it is AAPL seminars, energy conferences, or CLE classes, we promote an atmosphere that encourages advancement both personally and professionally.

2. To execute projects with the highest quality of excellence and detail

The second and third sections of the mission statement address why we as a company are unique to our clients and communities.  How did we start only eight years ago and achieve the success we have thus far?  That is a question that should be juxtaposed onto that aforementioned section as the two are answered in the same manner.  It is because we are unique to our clients and communities in the amount of emphasis we place on our product, project execution and relationships.

What we are producing is equally important as how we produce it.  It starts with the product.  Our work product is second to none. It starts with Overdrive powered by Esri, a data control platform that allows clients a by-landmen for-landmen project management solution, enabling the most cost efficient and streamlined service for any and all industry endeavors. It provides a cloud housed, second by second updated platform, which prevents duplication and waste while allowing for an inside look for things such as cost parameters and project outlook, all an accessible secured environment. That is what you are a part of. We are NOT a run sheet sweatshop with no oversight and speed as our only objective. That is why we endure, because our product is unique and our processes are foundationally solid and compatible for future growth.

Our mission statement requires our commitment to continued excellence in quality and detail.  We can make the finest of products, but without quality in the details, we fall short. Each and every member of the team must understand this to their core.  While Person A puts on fenders, Person B screws in bumpers, and C installs lights; each individual task is meaningless without the commitment of everyone in an overall goal and objective of excellence.  The car doesn’t come together if not. Be proud of your work, and understand that in part, your successes and failures directly affect those around you.  Wear your work ethic as a badge of honor, laboring in search of extending its breadth and depth daily.

3. To establish working relationships that give more than they take

Lastly, relationships.  While housed at the end of the mission statement, this is the absolute highest quality of Purple Land Management.  It is our lifeblood, our mojo, our heart and soul. Whether discussing internal or external or community relationships, each is as important as the next.  If you strive to strengthen your relationships with your fellow co-workers, your clients, and your community to a point of them being substantially sound, your advantages are too numerous to count.

We take our relationships seriously.  I was recently reading an article and came across a reference to what one needs in professional relationships. In the article 10 Tips for Building Strong Professional Relationships, writer Frank Gullo, from The Superior Group cites a scene from the film Sideways, in which the lead character while speaking of wine grapes, says, “It’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and thrive even when neglected.  No, Pinot needs constant care and attention… only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really.  Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression.”  When I read this quotation, I immediately stopped and pondered on how great a description it is, not simply of grapes, but in regard to relationships.

The successful relationships PLM is a partner in are like the Pinot.  Not everyone has the relationships we have.  They have been incubated with constant care and attention, utilizing patience and persistence to nurture until they reach their fullest potential.  We give every ounce of our attention and energy into developing these relationships not because of short term gratification, but instead, because we understand that long term viability in this industry precipitates the need for unshakeable relationships as the infrastructure of our entity.

It is not simply clients that we focus our relationship standards upon, but also the communities in which we serve.  From Bakersfield to Canonsburg, and Dickinson to Houston, our communities are as important as every other aspect to our operational success.  We can make endless lists of fundraising and philanthropic events, such as our relationship with Catholic Charities, clothes drives, food drives, etc. However, it is also important that we acknowledge the roles our team members play in our communities nation-wide.  Veterans, mentors, Junior Club Members, Deacons, kid’s sport coaches, volunteers, fundraisers, and hundreds of others making a positive difference in our communities.  That is what we are proud of and rest assured that PLM’s greatest asset is YOU.

Our mission statement is exactly why we are unique.  To those wishing to join our team, for those on our team, for those who are clients, and for those communities we serve, it is not a mission that we have, it is a mission that has us.  We are committed to each and every word of our statement, and will continue to use these bedrock principles.

Mutualism between Paleontology and the Petroleum Industry

By: Dakota Barella

Since humans first inhabited the Earth, we have been at least somewhat curious of life in previous times. We have desired to extract resources from the Earth since first finding a use for them. But, did you know the two go hand-in-hand? Paleontologists use the information gathered from exploration and extraction teams just as the said teams use the knowledge of paleontologists to help drill.

Let’s look at how the study of ancient life has benefited from oil and gas production. In 1944, Hunt Oil Company drilled an exploratory well in Madison County, FL named J. W. Gibson No. 2. At a depth of 5,162 feet, a fossil was found. The trilobite, Colpocoryphe exsul, is an extinct marine invertebrate that lived around 470 million years ago. This was the first and only trilobite ever found in Florida. The discovery also helped lead scientists to a more profound realization. The same species is found in two other localities around the world, one of them being West Africa. This one fossil provided evidence that peninsular Florida was once attached to what we now call West Africa.

Conversely, paleontology helps exploratory geologists find economically viable oil and gas using fossils. Conodonts are an extinct marine animal that left behind mineralized microfossils similar to teeth. By using the CAI (Conodont Alteration Index), where scientists look at the color of the conodont fossils, we can get an indication of the thermal maturation of the kerogen in the subsurface. The darker the fossil, the more thermally mature and the more likely the formation is to be productive for gas. Knowing if there is oil and/or gas underground can spare companies from expenses related to drilling dry wells. This exact scenario occurred in the Hudson Bay Basin in Canada when researchers used this method to determine that the kerogen of the Boas River Shale is too immature to produce oil.

This mutualism exists because even though paleontologists acquire information from the petroleum companies, the industry benefits in the long run by having more advanced knowledge of the subsurface. The industry’s employment of paleontologists has declined a good deal in recent decades, however, it is important as ever to understand the rocks beneath our feet.