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!

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


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!