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!

Press Release: Purple Land Management Hires Christina Sherwood as Associate Director of Acquisitions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Direct Media Inquiries To:
Sarah Schimpff/J.O.
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FORT WORTH, Texas (September 26, 2017)Purple Land Management (PLM), a full-service land management firm, announced that the company has hired Christina Sherwood as the Associate Director of Acquisitions. Sherwood will oversee mergers and acquisitions on behalf of oil and gas operators.

“As an experienced Texas attorney with an extensive background in the oil and gas industry, Christina is a huge asset to our company,” said Adrian Macias, Vice President of Land and Corporate Development for PLM. “With Christina’s added legal knowledge and expertise in building and maintaining client relationships, we can only grow stronger as a business and as a team.”

Sherwood holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center and a doctorate from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. She is active in the land and legal community in both Tarrant County and Midland, Texas. She also serves on the board of directors of the Permian Basin Landmen’s Association and was named a “Top Attorney” by Fort Worth Business Press and Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.

Prior to joining PLM, Sherwood served as a partner at a local oil and gas law firm — Guerra, Sherwood & Ylanan — and previously served as a landman in the Barnett Shale for several years.

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 www.purplelandmgmt.com.

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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!