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!

PLM SUPPORTS BRADEN BAKER’S HEARING AID AWARENESS FUNDRAISER AT CHARITY HAPPY HOUR

On November 14, 2017, Purple Land Management Fort Worth hosted a charity happy hour at Grace benefiting Braden Baker’s Hearing Aid Awareness fundraising initiative. Drinks were served by PLM’s very own celebrity bartenders, Ryan Barnhart and Don Thoms. While they did an excellent job, we think they should stick to their day job!

Braden, a Fort Worth native, is a hearing impaired 11-year-old who gained recent media attention after his appearance on the Ellen show. After his dog, Chewy, ate his hearing aids twice, Braden’s parents encouraged him to give back to those less fortunate than himself. Braden’s goal is to raise money and travel the world to distribute hearing aids to hearing impaired people who cannot afford them.

PLM raised $500 that was donated to Braden’s Bakers Hearing Aid Awareness!  Additional donations can be made here.  Purple is always proud to support the local community and give back, The Purple Way. Thank you to all of our employees for your generosity!

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!

College Football Season: PLM Alumni Take Center Stage

Purple Land Management is a diverse company employing people from many backgrounds and experience levels. While many PLM’ers may know that company co-Founders Jesse Hejny and Bryan Cortney played for TCU, you may not know just how many other college players we currently have on staff.

In the midst of football season, we wanted to highlight landmen this month who played football at the collegiate level. You could assemble a pretty good starting lineup with just PLM alumni!

From TCU to Notre Dame, and quarterbacks to linebackers, the credentials of our employees are impressive. Not only do these employees bring their competitive and driven edge to the workplace, but they have invested countless hours into their own personal growth and development though intensive training, play time, and coaching in their football careers.

“Football taught me how to deal with adversity and how to work hard to achieve the goals that I had in front of me.  Football showed me how to get back up again and play the next play, but to learn from my mistakes. Playing collegiate football taught me how to manage my time.  Playing football and going to school were two different full-time jobs that had to fit into my schedule each day,” said Ben Angeley, former right guard for TCU.

Purple is honored to have such great employees on our team. Go Purple!

 

 

PLM Employee, David Brooks, Inducted into Blanchard Oklahoma Athletic Hall of Fame

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On October 7, 2017 David Brooks, Vice President of Land & Business Development, was inducted to the Blanchard Athletic Hall of Fame and honored for his athletic achievement and contributions to Blanchard High School athletics.  David’s best friend and fellow PLM employee, DeWayne Vaughn, gave his introduction.

David was honored for his accomplishments in baseball, basketball, and football.  He scored over 1,000 points in his high school basketball career, but he excelled the most in baseball. He was awarded the Johnny Bench Award, which honors the Oklahoma High School Baseball Player of the Year, his senior year.  He was also named to the Worth Sporting Goods High School All American Team which was selected by the Association of Collegiate Baseball Coaches. Following his high school career, David went on to pitch for the University of Oklahoma baseball team.

David’s father, Oscar, was inducted last year in the inaugural class, so David was honored to join his family legacy.  Also in attendance were David’s son, Aaron, and his sister.  Congratulations on your induction, David!

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Press Release: Purple Land Management Featured In INC. 5000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Direct Media Inquiries To:
Sarah Schimpff/J.O.
Office: 817.335.0100
sarah@jodesign.com

The Fort Worth-based land services company was named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the third year in a row.

FORT WORTH, Texas (November 1, 2017)Purple Land Management (PLM), a full-service land management firm, has been recognized as one of the 2017 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America by Inc. 5000. They have been honored with this award two other times, making this the third in a row. The Inc. 5000 highlights privately held companies across the country that demonstrate the highest revenue growth over a three-year period.

“We can’t thank our customers and employees enough for making it possible for us to once again receive this honor,” said Jesse Hejny, president of PLM. “We made it on the list because of hundreds of dedicated employees and loyal customers who helped us power through one of the roughest years in recent memory in oilfield services.”

Established in 1982, the Inc. 5000 is a prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies, and it has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. For more information on the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America, please visit https://www.inc.com/inc5000/list.

To qualify for recognition in Inc. 5000’s 2017 edition, companies had to have met the following requirements:

  • Be a privately held, for-profit, United States-based company
  • Be an independent company
  • Have generated revenue by March 31, 2013
  • Have generated at least $2 million in revenue by December 31, 2016

PLM previously ranked #2055 on the list in 2016 and #1038 in 2015. The firm’s commitment to the energy industry — as well as their own, innovative, cloud-based data management tool called Overdrive,— has set them apart from so many other companies in the land management business.

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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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!

PLM and the Rojas-Garner Twins Doing Their Part – Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

After already dealing with an economic crisis and serious issues from other recent hurricanes with devastating effects, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico extremely hard.  Many families are still without power and the overall relief response has not been adequate, leaving the country in desperate need of help and supplies.

Ricardo Rojas’ twins, Adila Violeta and Emiliano Ricardo (seen in the picture doing their part) attend Mi Casita, a Spanish Immersion Preschool in Fort Worth, where they have helped organize a donation and relief effort for those families in desperate need of supplies.  The Rojas-Garner family practices giving more than they take and have enlisted PLM to help collect donations and to show their support and do it the Purple Way!

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Direct Media Inquiries To:
Sarah Schimpff/J.O.
Office: 817.335.0100
sarah@jodesign.com

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!