Knowledgeable land professional with 19 years experience as Company Landman, Land Manager, and Business Development Land Advisor and 6 years as an Independent Landman. Strong skill set and a high bias for action, have successfully engaged in a broad spectrum of negotiations and transactions for acquisitions, divestitures, prospect and production marketing with industry parties. Strong experience in land management, public record research, leasing and seismic permitting. Broad knowledge of industry laws, rules and regulations affecting fee, State, Federal, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Native American Indian lands. Assignments range from the Gulf Coast to the Rockies plus international. Proven leader and team player who contributes to the success of the organization. Provided mentoring and training with landmen and support staff in 2 companies and field landmen. Very active networker with substantial contacts. Builds quick business relationships. Quickly scopes opportunity metrics, leads to early deal terms positioning company to competitive transactional advantage. No supervision required. Point man who gets oil and gas business done.
EXPERIENCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
CONOCOPHILLIPS/BURLINGTON RESOURCES Midland, TX 2005 â€“ 2009
Commercial Negotiator, BD & Exploration and Staff Landman
BD Land Advisor and Commercial Negotiator for Mid Continent and Rockies. Led the Rockies BD team in evaluation of over 5MM acres in several US Basins in the Mid Continent primarily for unconventional Plays and properties to acquire new opportunities, enhance core assets and contribute to growth objectives.
â€¢ Delivered 10MMboe + net potential in the companyâ€™s entry into the Bakken Shale Play in North Dakota through negotiating a drill-to-earn deal for 50% WI in 200M acres and an acquisition of 85% WI in 35M acres. Results-current 10,000bpd net production from 90 wells drilled to date with drilling continuing.
â€¢ Directed top leasing in the Bakken with use of online database. Captured lease status on 310M acres, top leased 20,000 acres until company put project on hold in October 2008.
â€¢ Delivered a 50% WI in 50M acres in the unconventional Manning Canyon Shale Play in Utah with 1.5tcf+ net potential in initial test area with potential regional upside. Company test well results indicated a commercial discovery of a new shale play positioning it as lead player.
â€¢ Lead Land Advisor in company strategy study of primarily unconventional existing and emerging plays covering entire Lower 48 to identify opportunities. Contributed significant elements of required data and competitor intelligence to this effort, which resulted in the selection of several targets recommended to management. Resulted in setting up a new technical group â€“ New Ventures Unconventional Resource Team.
â€¢ Handled Staff Landman functions to assist challenged Barnett Shale team for drilling 12 horizontal wells capturing 25bcfe. Delivered several acquisition opportunities to capture additional 10 - 200bcfe. Completed land preparation work for drilling 12-15 additional wells. Handled Staff Landman functions for a rig line in the Bakken Shale Play in North Dakota and assumed land responsibilities for a transferred landman covering 23 drilled and to be drilled as well as 7 new wells, all affected by difficult title issues.
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XCL, Ltd. Lafayette, LA 1981 â€“ 1997
Manager, Land Department
Executive Manager over 500,000 acres of oil and gas rights in TX, LA, MS and Mid Continent plus 100,000 acres in fee in LA. Directed all Land Department activities, on and offshore with landowners, energy firms and government agencies. Managed multiple field landmen activities. Negotiated and prepared agreements for leases, options, 2D and 3D seismic permits, damages, easements, operating and participation contracts, pooling, gas purchasing and balancing. Managed staff of 6 and 100 field landmen. Directed all title work, ran and cured title. Coordinated with all departments to ensure efficient flow of information for timely and cost effective project completion. Managed and directed all the land functions for the following partial list of company projects:
â€¢ Sabine Wildlife Refuge, LA: 120,000-acre lease from Texaco.
â€¢ 100,000-acre LA fee acquisitions from J.W. Mecom with 2 producing fields.
â€¢ Acquisition of a UK firm, E&P assets included: 75,000 acres in TX with multiple producing fields including Berry R. Cox Field; 15,000 acres in TX with production and development; Arkoma Basin properties; numerous other E&P properties in Gulf Coast and Mid-Continent. Sold those properties to other energy firms.
â€¢ Black Warrior Basin 300,000 acre lease play in MS, AK and OK.
â€¢ Union Petroleum, LA; acquisition of 50% WI in a 30,000 acre Hackberry play
â€¢ Acquisition of 100% WI in Vinton Dome Field, LA with production and development. Sold to Fina.
â€¢ Miami Corp. LA; 10,000-acre lease.
â€¢ Michigan; acquisition of E&P properties, later sale to various energy firms.
â€¢ Developed Production Sharing Agreement on a 50,000-acre offshore concession in Bohai Bay, China with CNPC, the first of its kind.
â€¢ Negotiated contract, directed financial, marketing and technical planning and project launch for $25MM Lubricants JV project in China with United Lube Oil Corp., the first of its kind.
â€¢ Acquired and Divested negotiations for E&P properties, contract preparation and due diligence.
Independent Landman LA, TX and MS 1997-98 and 2000 â€“ 2005
â€¢ Assembled and sold a reentry gas prospect in S LA and later sold interest after well paid out.
â€¢ Led the most successful of 5 teams in title work and leasing on 1MM acre Fayetteville Shale Play in MS for Cabot.
â€¢ Successfully managed 75 sq mile 3D Seismic permitting and leasing for Samson in South TX within short time frame and very complicated title ownership.
â€¢ Highest producer of 25 landmen in title work, permitting and leasing on 150 sq mile 3D Seismic, East TX for Samson.
â€¢ Managed 3D Seismic title research, permitting and leasing on 150 sq mile project in South LA for SEI. SEI manager pronounced it was the most successful and trouble free project SEI had ever completed.
â€¢ Co-Project Manager: 1,000-acre town lot leasing in Lafayette, LA for Beta O&G, Inc.
â€¢ Contract Land Manager: completed title research and leasing on several prospects for Quest Exploration, LLC, delivered leasehold ready to drill.
â€¢ Successfully conducted leasing, secured pipeline ROW and delivered high quality title research in LA, TX and MS for several E&P firms.
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â€¢ Managed team of 20 landmen and abstractors to successfully complete a 125,000 acre 3D Seismic in South LA for Sonat Exploration Co.
US CENSUS BUREAU Opelousas, LA 1998 â€“ 2000
Manager, Local Census Office
Managed US Census demographic data collection for SW LA ahead of schedule. Secured resident response over objectives..
â€¢ Recognized for achievements in multiple project completion and PR.
â€¢ Directed 6 managers with 100 supervisors and 2,000 employees covering field operations, administration, personnel, payroll and automation. Contained costs $1.75mm under budget.
University of Oklahoma: BA, Business Administration; BS, Architectural Environmental Design
â€¢ Numerous continuing education and ethics advanced classes including CPL review and examination.
â€¢ AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators) International Negotiations Workshop.
â€¢ Attended numerous industry conferences, seminars and workshops in Midland, Houston, Dallas and Denver.
â€¢ AAPL (American Association of Professional Landmen), long standing member.
â€¢ PBLA (Permian Basin Landmanâ€™s Association)
â€¢ LAPL (Lafayette Association of Petroleum Landmen), prior member for many years.
â€¢ Listed in Whoâ€™s Who in A&D, a Hartâ€™s publication
PC, LAN, Land Management Systems, PLAN, Corel and Microsoft Office Software, Intranet and Internet, web based lease and seismic permitting data and mapping systems.
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