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.

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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: 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!