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!

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!

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!