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iLandMan Expands Sales Team With Wilson

Lafayette-based oil and gas lease management software company iLandMan welcomes Tom Wilson to the national sales team as Mid-Continent Regional Sales Executive based in Dallas, TX.

A native of Camp Point, Illinois, Tom graduated from Tri-State State Baptist College in Walls, Mississippi before moving to Texas in 2007. Over the next seven years, Tom held operations and sales positions of increasing responsibility, from overseeing field technology services to in-house web application development and more.

In 2014 Wilson made the switch from field software as a service (SaaS) to oil and

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2017 HAPL Golf Tournament

The 55th annual Houston Association of Professional Landmen Golf Tournament has come and gone and we were lucky enough to have another absolutely beautiful day for all of the action. Despite having some serious flooding during Hurricane Harvey, the grounds at Kingwood Country Club were looking great and the hundreds of golfers and sponsors that came out were amazed by the hard work that had been done to get ready.

As usual the iLandMan cooking team arrived early with our trailer full of supplies and got set up with

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2017 PBLA Eric Hanson Memorial Sporting Clay Shoot

This year’s PBLA Eric Hanson Memorial Sporting Clay Shoot began with a cold and foggy morning out at Jake’s Clays in Midland, TX… but that didn’t stop over 700 shooters from showing up to make it the biggest clay shoot that the PBLA has ever had! The Ted Walters team was setup bright and early with their custom cooking trailer fixing a delicious breakfast for the first batch of participants.

It was fun getting to talk to everyone as shooters came to and from the course all day for

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2017 NALTA Annual Conference

Moody Gardens was home to the National Association of Lease and Title Analysts Annual Conference last week in Galveston, TX. Although the town was not hit directly by Hurricane Harvey the local economy has seen an impact due to less people traveling for leisure, so this event was a much needed boost for the area. The conference was put on with the support of various local chapters throughout the United States and various exhibitors.  As an exhibitor, iLandMan was proud to support the continuing education for those looking

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2017 LAPL Membership Kickoff Party

Friends, football, food, and fun all came together last Monday for the 2017 Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen Membership Kickoff Party. It was a packed house at The Grouse Room here in Lafayette.

The annual event offered folks the opportunity to mix and mingle, renew their LAPL memberships, listen to some great live music, and most importantly… watch some New Orleans Saints football!

iLandMan was happy to be a sponsor for this great event, and some of our team members were there to enjoy the festivities. Door prizes

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Summer NAPE – 2017

Downtown Houston was home to another successful Summer NAPE Expo last week at the George R. Brown Convention Center and as always the iLandMan team was in the mix. We were excited to have announced our new well data integration with TGS that Monday, and were very pleased with the response from folks stopping by the booth. Everyone was interested in learning more about this new integration and the powerful lease management automation we can provide to E&P companies.

We always look forward to meeting new people, especially from

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iLandMan and TGS Integrate Land and Well Data Systems

We are excited to announce that iLandMan is now offering nationwide well data and status information thanks to a new integration with geoscience data company TGS.

This state of the art technology relationship provides iLandMan’s E&P clients with streamlined access to well information and status data directly from TGS’s database. These integrated well features now activate automatic notifications and lease functionality in iLandMan.

“TGS has the industry’s largest collection of online well data in North America and now iLandMan is utilizing that data in a way that no-one else

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Dallas Dealmakers – 2017

The beautiful Hyatt Regency played host to a few hundred visitors for the PLS Dealmakers Prospect and Property Expo earlier this month in Dallas, TX. Richard and Adam were there with the iLandMan booth meeting and greeting folks from all over the country, talking about the industry and sharing the latest and greatest from iLandMan.

Buyers, sellers, newly formed companies, and a handful of vendors all manned their booths and roamed the aisles of the Reunion Ballroom looking to make deals of one kind or another.

When it came time

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2017 AAPL Annual Meeting

The AAPL held its 63rd annual meeting this June in spectacular Seattle. The Emerald City welcomed landmen from around the country to enjoy its beautiful scenery, great food, and informational speakers. The educational lineup included panel discussions, sessions and presentations from industry experts of many different disciplines, and even featured Bill Thomas, CEO of EOG Resources, with his take on their success and today’s energy industry.

The event included networking throughout downtown Seattle, with Hot Play Happy Hour Socials for the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Scoop/Stack, Haynesville, Marcellus and Permian

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Scott Nowak Shares Why iLandMan Is A “Must-Have” For E&P’s

During his career, Scott Nowak has deployed and utilized iLandMan successfully at two E&P companies. He was kind enough to share his experience utilizing iLandMan and the value it has provided for his company and his career.

How would you describe iLandMan? “iLandMan is designed as an all-in-one land software package that gives E&P companies the tools necessary to function at a large company level with minimal staff. It has the ability to seamlessly flow data from initial lease check/title entry, to field acquisition, to mapping out tracts, all the

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2017 PBLA Shrimp Boil + Golf Tournament

How many pounds of shrimp do you think it takes to satisfy over 800 people? Your guess is as good as ours, but we have been told that 20 kegs of beer only lasted two hours! What an amazing turnout last Wednesday for the 2017 Permian Basin Landmen’s Association Shrimp Boil at The Bar in Midland!

The line to get it was around the block, but it was worth the wait for some delicious food and fun. It was obvious that spirits are high in Midland and everyone was

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NAPE Summit – 2017

Go big or go home was the iLandMan mantra this year for NAPE Summit 2017 as we debuted our new big booth and brought more team members to the show than ever before… and it was amazing! We were very excited to see the crowd headed our direction when they walked in the door, and were particularly looking forward to showing off our new automated obligations functionality on one of the four demonstration stations.

We were very proud to learn that there were nearly 25 iLandMan clients with booths

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2016 HAPL Golf Tournament

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day last week at the 54th annual Houston Association of Professional Landmen Golf Tournament. The sun was shining for the hundreds of golfers and sponsors that came out to Kingwood Country Club for the festivities.

As usual the iLandMan cooking team arrived early with our trailer full of supplies and got set up with a crowd gathering on the driving range right behind us. We started the morning out with some hot Starbucks coffee for the early birds, and after the golfers

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2016 LAPL Fall Educational Seminar

Last week iLandMan had the privilege of attending and also sponsoring the 2016 LAPL Fall Educational Seminar held at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette, LA. The one day event was well attended by local landmen who were instructed by oil and gas attorneys on such topics as: production in paying quantities (what is enough?), unitization and regulatory issues common in Louisiana, recent legislative and jurisprudence of interest to oil and gas landmen, the “exciting” risk fee talk, and an ethics presentation.

Special thanks goes out to Nick Wise with

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2016 PBLA Eric Hanson Memorial Sporting Clay Shoot

“What a difference a month makes!” This was the consensus at the annual PBLA Eric Hanson Memorial Sporting Clay Shoot last week in Midland, TX where the cool weather was quite a pleasant surprise to everyone who came out early for the big event. The iLandMan breakfast station was wiped out of Starbucks coffee and Jumburrito breakfast goodies within an hour and the first flight of shooters were itching to get out on the course.

The first group of shooters made their rounds and began returning to the clubhouse,

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2016 OCAPL Sporting Clays Tournament

From the whitewater of downtown Oklahoma City to the country woods of Guthrie, we had a great trip to Oklahoma a few weeks ago for the 2016 OCAPL Sporting Clays Tournament. Can you believe there is whitewater rafting in downtown Oklahoma City? We had to see it for ourselves and were totally blown away by the beautiful facility and the exciting experience!

The big event was the next day, with multiple flights of shooters, so we dried out and were on the road bright and early to Silverleaf Shotgun

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Summer NAPE – 2016

Summer NAPE 2016 has come and gone and it was another great show at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston last week. We were excited to announce our new land and accounting software collaboration with OGsys on the opening day of the exhibits, and were very pleased with the response. We had dozens of folks stopping by the booth to learn more about this new integration.

It was Al’s first NAPE with the iLandMan team (though he’s been plenty of times before) and he hit the ground

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iLandMan and OGsys Integrate Land and Accounting Systems

We are very pleased to officially announce that iLandMan and OGsys, Inc. have entered into a developmental business agreement to offer a fully integrated land management and accounting solution for exploration and production companies.

This state of the art technology relationship promises to unite land teams and accounting departments through a truly integrated technical approach, where data meaningful to each side of the company can be appropriately shared between them.

 “OGsys clients and prospective clients have requested that our firm link seamlessly with iLandMan among others. We’ve heard

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2016 AAPL Annual Meeting

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

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2016 HAPL Spring Swing Membership Drive

Having the highest score when playing golf has never felt as good as it did last week at the second annual HAPL Spring Swing Membership Drive at Topgolf in Houston, TX.

With a beautiful view of the arena and a nice breeze coming in, the whole third floor was dedicated to the HAPL crowd for the competition. Richard, TJ, Adam, Gene, and Don didn’t bring home the trophy, but had a great time swinging away and learning more about this new entertainment concept.

Good food, drinks, and fun

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iLandMan Introduces Technology to University of Tulsa Energy Management Students

Richard Hines, iLandMan Vice President, co-founder, and Certified Professional Landman (CPL), gave his first special class presentation to University of Tulsa Energy Management students earlier this month in Tulsa, OK. The iLandMan University Program allows students to take free training with access to iLandMan for their studies.

With the help of Energy Management Director Tim Coburn, Asst. Director Tom Seng, and Instructor Shelia Wilson, Mr. Hines shared with the students his experiences as a landman, how the industry began and has evolved, where it is today, and technology changes

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iLandMan Shares Technology with Colorado Mesa and UL Landman Programs

Lafayette based lease acquisition and land management software company iLandMan continues its commitment to education by presenting to Colorado Mesa University and University of Louisiana landman program students again this year.

Richard Hines, iLandMan Vice President, co-founder, and Certified Professional Landman (CPL), gave special class presentations to landman students late last year in Grand Junction and earlier this year in Lafayette.

Organized by Steve Soychak and Bryan Hotard in Grand Junction, and Oliver LeBlanc in Lafayette, Mr. Hines shared with the students his experiences as a landman, how

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NAPE Summit – 2016

NAPE Summit 2016 is in the books and it was one heck of a show! Last we heard there were over 11,500 people in attendance and the convention center floor was buzzing. Our team was happy to be busy answering questions and doing demonstrations all day long.

Catching up with old friends and spending some time with our clients was also a welcome treat. We were especially proud to see over 20 of our customer companies with booths at the show, many of which came over to say

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Oil Crisis: Investment Dream or Acquisition Nightmare?

Buying low and selling high in this market only works if you know the TRUE value of your acquisition.

Nobody, and I include myself, can predict oil prices for the immediate future. However, I do have another type of prediction…more new domestic oil and gas companies will be formed in the next five years than in any similar time frame in the history of the United States. This is for one simple reason, at these prices, oil is the safest investment simply because it is well below its replacement cost.

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Staying in the Game: 7 Tips for Independent Landmen

As an independent or staff landman in today’s market, you are trying to figure out if you are still in this game. Maybe you are wondering if you even want to be in the oil & gas land business anymore. Was your project discontinued? Were there major cut backs? Are you just worried that the future is bleak with all the bad news of layoffs and more?

Let’s face it, as a landman today, you are required to do more than you have ever done before. You must have a

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Celebrating 30 Years in Exploration & Production Technology

Today is my 30th anniversary in the upstream oil & gas business. The market conditions on January 6, 1986 were very similar to what they are today. An oversupply of oil was causing low oil prices, massive industry layoffs, and rapidly declining rig counts. Just like today, very few opportunities were available for recent petroleum engineering graduates, but luckily I had secured employment with NL McCullough as a Cased Hole Wireline Engineer.

In 1986, the oil patch was a much different place than it is today. Exploration focus was on

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2015 HAPL Golf Tournament

“Is it going to rain? Is it going to be freezing? What are we going to do?” The forecast was grim last week for the 53rd annual Houston Association of Professional Landmen Golf Tournament, BUT… it turned out to be a pretty nice day! Cloudy but definitely comfortable, it was a great time as hundreds of golfers came out to Kingwood Country Club for the festivities.

Arriving early that morning was the iLandMan cooking team with a trailer full of equipment, ingredients, and some special treats for the

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Staying in the Game: E&P Companies

You have watched the ping pong game of oil prices over the last six months and now you are trying to figure out if you are still in the game, or if you even want to be in the game. One thing to consider is that hydrocarbons as a fuel are here to stay. You won’t see jets or 18-wheel trucks being propelled by solar panels or wind turbines. Gasoline, as well as other various forms of fuel, are made from oil. So if you or your exploration company have

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2015 OCAPL Sporting Clays Tournament

The 2015 OCAPL Sporting Clay Shoot, benefitting the Oklahoma Youth Hunting Program, started off with a bang last Friday. Participants came from all over the great state of Oklahoma and beyond to take out their commodity price anxiety on some unsuspecting clay pigeons. iLandMan was there front and center serving donuts to the hungry and coffee to the caffeine addicted from 7AM until the last shot was fired. The caffeine boost seemed greatly appreciated, especially for the early bird group, while the donuts provided a nice little sugar rush and

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Summer NAPE – 2015

It was a long and successful week in Houston for Summer NAPE 2015. After finally figuring out our travel plans from south Louisiana, we really enjoyed the new show format, with a half day of exhibiting on Wednesday afternoon, followed by a full day on Thursday.

Construction at the George R. Brown Convention Center coupled with some crazy storming weather made getting into the show very interesting, but neither seemed to deter hundreds of companies and thousands of visitors from hitting the floor.

Demonstrations of our

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