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!

PLM Canton Supports Ronald McDonald House Charities One Energy Drink at a Time!

The PLM Canton office has been using their office’s love of energy drinks for a good cause. They have been collecting “pop tabs” since May of last year for their favorite local business, Peace Love and Little Donuts of Canal Fulton and their friend Micah, a first grader at Northwest Primary school.

The tabs collected by PLLD & Micah will be dropped off to the Ronald McDonald House Charity chapter in Cleveland. These tabs are then recycled by the charity and all of the money accumulated goes directly to the RMHC. According the RMHC website, “collecting pop tabs is a great way to teach kids about philanthropy and the importance of recycling while raising funds to help children and their families at the same time. Some of our Chapters raise thousands of dollars with their pop tab collections – up to $30,000.”

Ronald McDonald House is a charity that provides resources for sick children and their families who have extended stays at hospitals during medical crisis. A few of the many resources they provide are actual homes for the children and their families to stay in at little to no cost to the families while they’re receiving their medical care, mobile care facilities providing pediatric health care to children in isolated areas, and Global Grant Programs to provide funding to nonprofit programs around the world.

We’ve been happy to do our small part the Purple way to support a great charity in a very simple way, and also to help Peace Love and Little Donuts help first grader Micah make a difference in his community.

NAPE SUMMIT 2018: The Purple Way

Purple Land Management attended NAPE Summit Expo February 7-9, 2018 in Houston, TX. Purple served as the drink sponsor, making sure that the 13,000 attendees’ thirst stayed quenched throughout the day. We doubled the size of the booth space this year which meant double the traffic! Our booth stayed packed with people getting Overdrive demos, massages and collecting the best swag to be found at NAPE…Purple fanny packs! Nathan McIntyre gave a presentation on Overdrive at the NAPE theater and it was live streamed on Purple’s social media accounts. Our booth received lots of activity as result of Nathan’s excellent presentation.

A happy hour was hosted at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar and had over 120 people in attendance. The dueling pianists took song requests all night while everyone sang along… off key. Bryan Cortney even took the stage for a few minutes! Guests enjoyed specialty crafted cocktails including The Purple Gatorade, The David Brooks, and The Concussion.

Purple offices were represented by Bryan Cortney, Adrian Macias, Ryan Barnhart, Steve Smart, Whitney Sellers, Kristen Leighton, Cori Willett, Christina Sherwood, David Brooks, Nathan McIntyre, and Arthur Medina. NAPE Summit 2018 was a huge success for the company; thank you to everyone who attended!

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!

Mission Statement: The Purple Way

By: Jance Floyd

The foundation of our company is its mission statement.  Purple Land Management’s mission is threefold: to hire the naturally ambitious and provide ongoing education outreach, to execute projects with the highest quality of excellence and detail, and to establish working relationships that give more than they take.  We will take this mission statement and divide it into several parts, discussing and analyzing each in order that we can better understand why we are unique.  Why we are unique for those individuals looking to join our team, why we are unique for those currently on our team, and why we are unique from the point of view of our clients and communities.

1. To hire the natural ambitious and provide educational outreach

In order for any team to be effective, this point is critical.  It may appear at first glance that this is simply a statement that goes to the heart of what Purple searches for in team members, however, dissecting it further reveals that this instead is a quality of Purple that is more important to its people.  It also answers two of the questions laid out before: why we are unique for those individuals looking to join our team, and why we are unique for those currently on our team.

Why we are unique for those looking to join our team

In times such as these where strong companies show their mettle, it is vital to understand why individuals in the industry would want to join our team.  The answer to this question is hidden in this first portion of the mission statement. For those looking to join our team, we are unique in that our company is represented by a wide swath of diverse characters each though having one trait in common, they are qualified.  When someone looks for a company to be a part of, they should have as a prerequisite this exact subject.  Only in a space such as this will a person be able to most fully realize their capabilities.  At Purple, you can rely on your co-workers for educational growth, for motivational inspiration, and personal support.

Why we are unique for those currently on our team

It is easy from the outside to determine that Purple’s team is qualified, but what is more difficult to determine is the next point, which is coincidentally also the answer to why individuals on our team feel we are unique as a company. Ambition is defined as a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.  Due to the hiring standards, ambition is engrained in our company with every new member’s arrival.  It fosters an environment that is occupied by a shared longing for success and a willingness for hard work.  While most entities in the professional realm have this to a degree, many stop at this point and simply say they have the people and that is just fine.  Not here.  Purple adds the key ingredient so that ambition can be realized to its fullest potential- opportunity.  Whether its project variation, role promotion, or location permeability, the access for the tangible realization of ambition is present.  You don’t work hard for nothing, and you don’t use your determination on a hamster wheel, upward mobility is real.  You can realize results.

Purple’s emphasis on continuing education, skill development, and educational outreach is another reason we are unique to our team members. Whether it is AAPL seminars, energy conferences, or CLE classes, we promote an atmosphere that encourages advancement both personally and professionally.

2. To execute projects with the highest quality of excellence and detail

The second and third sections of the mission statement address why we as a company are unique to our clients and communities.  How did we start only eight years ago and achieve the success we have thus far?  That is a question that should be juxtaposed onto that aforementioned section as the two are answered in the same manner.  It is because we are unique to our clients and communities in the amount of emphasis we place on our product, project execution and relationships.

What we are producing is equally important as how we produce it.  It starts with the product.  Our work product is second to none. It starts with Overdrive powered by Esri, a data control platform that allows clients a by-landmen for-landmen project management solution, enabling the most cost efficient and streamlined service for any and all industry endeavors. It provides a cloud housed, second by second updated platform, which prevents duplication and waste while allowing for an inside look for things such as cost parameters and project outlook, all an accessible secured environment. That is what you are a part of. We are NOT a run sheet sweatshop with no oversight and speed as our only objective. That is why we endure, because our product is unique and our processes are foundationally solid and compatible for future growth.

Our mission statement requires our commitment to continued excellence in quality and detail.  We can make the finest of products, but without quality in the details, we fall short. Each and every member of the team must understand this to their core.  While Person A puts on fenders, Person B screws in bumpers, and C installs lights; each individual task is meaningless without the commitment of everyone in an overall goal and objective of excellence.  The car doesn’t come together if not. Be proud of your work, and understand that in part, your successes and failures directly affect those around you.  Wear your work ethic as a badge of honor, laboring in search of extending its breadth and depth daily.

3. To establish working relationships that give more than they take

Lastly, relationships.  While housed at the end of the mission statement, this is the absolute highest quality of Purple Land Management.  It is our lifeblood, our mojo, our heart and soul. Whether discussing internal or external or community relationships, each is as important as the next.  If you strive to strengthen your relationships with your fellow co-workers, your clients, and your community to a point of them being substantially sound, your advantages are too numerous to count.

We take our relationships seriously.  I was recently reading an article and came across a reference to what one needs in professional relationships. In the article 10 Tips for Building Strong Professional Relationships, writer Frank Gullo, from The Superior Group cites a scene from the film Sideways, in which the lead character while speaking of wine grapes, says, “It’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and thrive even when neglected.  No, Pinot needs constant care and attention… only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really.  Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression.”  When I read this quotation, I immediately stopped and pondered on how great a description it is, not simply of grapes, but in regard to relationships.

The successful relationships PLM is a partner in are like the Pinot.  Not everyone has the relationships we have.  They have been incubated with constant care and attention, utilizing patience and persistence to nurture until they reach their fullest potential.  We give every ounce of our attention and energy into developing these relationships not because of short term gratification, but instead, because we understand that long term viability in this industry precipitates the need for unshakeable relationships as the infrastructure of our entity.

It is not simply clients that we focus our relationship standards upon, but also the communities in which we serve.  From Bakersfield to Canonsburg, and Dickinson to Houston, our communities are as important as every other aspect to our operational success.  We can make endless lists of fundraising and philanthropic events, such as our relationship with Catholic Charities, clothes drives, food drives, etc. However, it is also important that we acknowledge the roles our team members play in our communities nation-wide.  Veterans, mentors, Junior Club Members, Deacons, kid’s sport coaches, volunteers, fundraisers, and hundreds of others making a positive difference in our communities.  That is what we are proud of and rest assured that PLM’s greatest asset is YOU.

Our mission statement is exactly why we are unique.  To those wishing to join our team, for those on our team, for those who are clients, and for those communities we serve, it is not a mission that we have, it is a mission that has us.  We are committed to each and every word of our statement, and will continue to use these bedrock principles.


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!

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 Sponsored: DAPL Rockies Bash Boosts AAPL Disaster Relief Fund

Purple Land Management was proud to sponsor the Denver Association of Professional Landmen’s 5th Annual Rockies Bash.  Proceeds from the event benefited the AAPL’s Disaster Relief Fund.  With the AAPL ending NAPE Rockies in recent years, the Rockies Bash is the premiere networking event for oil and gas processionals in the Denver area in 2018.

The AAPL announced in early September that they intend to provide up to $1.25 million in disaster relief for AAPL members whose lives were impacted by natural disasters including Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

“We want every landman on staff at PLM to be a member of the AAPL.  This organization does a tremendous job of providing educational materials for landmen, group benefits packages and options for independent landmen, and the

Disaster Relief Fund which is helping those who need it the most during this difficult hurricane season.  We are proud to support the DAPL and were proud to sponsor this event which will have a direct impact on the Disaster Relief Fund,” said PLM’s Vice President of Land Adrian Macias.  Adrian and Ryan Barnhart traveled from Fort Worth, TX, to attend the event.

Purple Land Management opened its Denver office in April 2013.  Aaron McCamant, Calie McCamant, Nick Johnson and others relocated from existing PLM offices to help open this new field office.  PLM was very lucky to hire Jack Pelletier, Jamie Luckenbill, Jarred Cross, Chris Michael, and others very quickly after opening the Denver office.  The entire Denver office was invited to the event which PLM has sponsored for four straight years.

PLM’s Denver, CO, office is just steps away from Denver’s 16th street mall and the company occupies the entire 5th Floor of the US Bank Building at 17th and California.  Jamie Luckenbill is currently managing the office of over twenty landmen who work on projects for Denver based customers or for projects in the Colorado area.

For more information on how to make a donation to the DAPL Disaster Relief Fund, click here.


PLM Proudly Supports Oklahoma City Charities

“The Purple Way” means giving more than you take.  It is a motto and a lifestyle that our company has embraced since its inception.  The Purple Way is about going above and beyond; it is the reason we support and give back to our community.  Over the last few months, PLM has had the opportunity to embrace the Oklahoma City charitable community with our involvement with United Way Emerging Leaders and Oklahoma City Rescue Mission.

In August we had the opportunity partner with United Way and be a sponsor at the Emerging Leaders “Raising the Stakes” casino night fundraising event. United Way’s Emerging Leaders mission is to encourage adults under 40 to become the next generation of United Way Leaders by engaging them with peers, encouraging leadership growth, and exposing individuals to volunteer opportunities.

“The folks at PLM are always very generous and giving. Having PLM involved in United Way of Central Oklahoma means so much to me since I work with them on a daily basis. It’s nice to know that the folks I work with are quality people inside and out!” said Lindsey Fixley, Senior Landman, Ascent Resources.

In September, we were honored to sponsor the 18th annual Oklahoma City Rescue Mission of Hope Banquet.  City Rescue Mission is a private, faith-based nonprofit organization that offers homeless individuals shelter, food and clothing, along with the opportunity to end their homelessness through programs like our Bridge to Life recovery program.

These partnerships have been both enriching and rewarding to be a part of and we look forward to future opportunities to give back to our local communities, The Purple Way.

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!