The 62nd Annual AAPL Meeting began on a somber note with the shooting spree at Pulse Nightclub in downtown Orlando on Saturday night. As you traveled around the city you noticed the heightened security at all public places and events. This year’s meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Orlando Florida, a very nice hotel just a few minutes from the Disney area and outside of downtown. It was a rather large hotel with meeting space located onsite, nice lounges, and a great pool area with a water slide.
The AAPL board met on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the state of the industry as well as put several motions into action to help tighten the belt due to budget concerns in this time of commodity price volatility. There was also a director’s round-table discussion featuring landmen from around the country discussing topics such as certification, meeting venues, technology advancements and revenue & expenses. Committee meetings were held to finalize the work done over the last year and roll out several projects that have been in the works. The board also held its quarterly meeting, welcoming the new executive officers and bidding farewell to its outgoing members.
The annual meeting opening reception was held at the Hyatt on Wednesday evening with a Havana Nights theme. Those in attendance enjoyed the music, food and festivities of this opening night party. Cigars were rolled and given to those wishing to partake and there was even an outdoor patio cigar party for all to enjoy.
Thursday, the opening meeting and seminars had many good topics and speakers including a keynote address from Tom Peters of McKinsey & Company, who entertained the audience with his wit and industry knowledge. Courses offered that day included: Fossil Fuels, Oilfield Economics, M&A Perspectives, Petroleum Geology, Global Perspective on LNG, and General Mining Laws. There was also a Golf Tournament at the Grand Cypress Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus signature course that was converted to a links-style course. It was a great time for networking and enjoying the day with other golf enthusiasts. Later that evening the Landman Bash was held at Universal Studios, where there were refreshments and karaoke. I never knew we had so many who were willing to share their dancing and singing talents with the group!
Friday was another day of classes on topics such as Acquisitions, Joint Operations in Down Economic Times, Landwork Technology, Negotiating the Oil & Gas Lease, Business Etiquette, Offshore Leasing, and Principled Leadership. The day was topped off with a Reception hosted by iLandMan, for many of its clients and friends, the President’s Cocktail Party, and then the President’s Dinner Dance with live entertainment.
Saturday held even more seminar classes to help all in attendance better their skills and understand how trying times can make you a better landman.
Even though there were sad events that occurred in Orlando during this week, the landmen took time to pray for the victims, as well as get together and discuss not only the local current events, but also our industry and strategies for helping others get through these tough times.
Richard Hines, CPL – Vice President – iLandMan
For more pictures from this great event, check out the gallery below or view the album on our Facebook Page where you can tag yourself and your friends.