In the Office: PLM Recognizes Jen Amendola as December Landman of the Month

Jen has been part of the Purple team for more than 5 years. Jen loves her cat, Harvey, Batman, and she has a particular fondness of maps. Jen is an avid exercise enthusiast and participates in the occasional CrossFit competition. Outside of the office Jen is quite the cook. A select few have had the opportunity to try some of Jen’s homemade pasta sauce and meatballs (Stark County’s “Best in Show” at the 96’ Italy’s Great Festival) or her famous raspberry oatmeal bars which are seasonally available for special occasions.

Jen is famous in that Nathan McIntyre personally hired her away from her previous employer as he knew she would be key in building a GIS department. She has gone on to prove herself as an amazing asset to not only the company, but the GIS department as a whole. Since her hire, Jen has maintained a heavy client load including some of PLM’s largest eastern clients; she has been dubbed “Mrs. ODNR” for her tireless efforts in the realm of all things Ohio Oil and Gas.

Jen demonstrates a level of professionalism, leadership, and dedication to her position that sets the bar high for other analysts in the department. Her approach to getting things done the way they should be is unbeatable. Much of the company’s success can be accredited in some part to her skill, hard work, and incredible efficiency. We appreciate everything that Jen has done both openly and behind the scenes to keep Purple GIS on the leading edge. Congratulations, Jen!

In the Office: PLM Recognizes Dan Thomas as November Landman of the Month

Dan Thomas joined PLM just over two years ago and brings a world of in-house experience with him to PLM’s Rockies office. His time in-house and as a field landman has proven extremely valuable to the Denver team, especially on complex quick turnaround due diligence projects where understanding the seller’s files and asset is of paramount importance.

As a great credit to Dan, he is far more than a source for advice alone. He dives into the front line of projects along with the rest of the team, working any assignment tasked to him no matter how simple or complex. Congratulations on being named November Landman of the Month, Dan!

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!

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

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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!

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.

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.