AAPL Director's Corner


WAPL elects one of its members to serve a two-year term on the American Association of Professional Landmen Region VI Board of Directors.

WAPL's current AAPL Director is Will Boone, CPL, and can be contacted by email at will@wildcatresourcesinc.com..



AAPL Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting – Director’s Report –March 2020

The AAPL Board of Directors held its latest quarterly board meeting on March 8th in Louisville, Kentucky. My apologies for my delay in reporting, the past 45 days has been strange to say the least.

 

Below is a summary of the more relevant items discussed and/or voted on by the Board of

 

Directors:

Annual Meeting in Huntington Beach, California

As most of you know, the annual meeting for 2020 has been changed to a virtual online meeting. The Board asked the AAPL staff to investigate breaking contracts with the venue or postponing the meeting until 2023. The decision was made a few weeks go to proceed with a virtual meeting. You should have received an email with the details of the meeting, but cost for the Educational sessions has been waved ($600 savings to you). The details can be found on the AAPL website. If you have questions feel free to reach out to me directly.

 

Proposed By-Law Changes

The Executive Committee proposed changing the definition of Land Work to the board of directors. The rationale was to be more inclusive of members who have had to take work outside of the oil and gas space during the downturn but want to keep their certification and/or active member status. After an exceedingly long discussion and several amendments to the definition of land work, we came to a consensus on the following language and it was approved by the board of directors.

 

ARTICLE II – DEFINITIONS

As used in these Bylaws and in any and all other organizational documents of AAPL, the following definitions shall apply:

Section 1. Landwork. “Landwork” shall mean the actual performance or supervision of any one or more of the following functions:

A. Negotiating for the acquisition or divestiture of mineral rights minerals or real property associated with or connected to energy sources.

B. Negotiating business agreements that provide for the exploration for and/or development of minerals or real property associated with or connected to energy sources.

C. Determining ownership in minerals or real property associated with or connected to energy sources through the research of public and private records.

D. Reviewing the status of title, curing title defects, providing title due diligence and otherwise reducing title risk associated with ownership of minerals or energy sources or the acquisition and divestiture of mineral properties, minerals or real property associated with or connected to energy sources, but shall not include administrative, division order or lease analyst functions.

E. Managing rights and/or obligations derived from ownership of interests in minerals or real property associated with or connected to energy sources.

F. Unitizing or pooling of interests in minerals or real property associated with or connected to energy sources. “Minerals” shall include without limitation oil, gas, related hydrocarbons, coal and lignite.

 

Membership of AAPL will now be asked at our “Virtual” annual meeting to vote to approve the

changes. While you may have some concerns with these changes, I believe they are necessary.

AAPL needs to be inclusive of people who may have no alternative than to work in Wind or

Solar, even if it is only for a short while. I am asking for all of you to support these proposed

changes by voting to approve them at the annual meeting in June. Again, if you have concerns

please feel free to reach out to me directly.

 

Membership Dues

AAPL membership dues were set to automatically raise in June 2020, with the current state of the industry the board voted to keep the dues at the current rate.

 

Statement of Financial Position

As compared to December 31, 2018, total assets have increased from $33,186,086 to $39,140,968; a change of $5,954,882 or 17.9%. This is due to market activity related to the investment account. Total liabilities as compared to December 31, 2018 have decreased from $1,954,362 to $1,795,943; a change of $158,419 or 8.1%. This is primarily due to the timing of accounts payable offset by the timing of accrued expenses as well as a decrease in deferred revenue related to educational programs, contract center and annual meeting offset by an increase in unearned membership dues. Relating to accounts payable, checks were printed one week later in December 2018 as compared to December 2019, allowing more expenses to be paid prior to the quarter end. Timing of accrued expenses relate to future advertising income being recognized in December 2018, while this year being properly recognized in January 2020. The decrease in deferred revenue is a result of less people pre-paying for future events. As of December 31, 2019, there were 15,101 members compared to 14,851 December 31, 2018; an increase of 250.

 

Finally, there are numerous opportunities for free continuing education coming up in the next few months. Please check the AAPL website for more details. During these trying times I hope you and your families are safe and healthy! If you would like more details about anything discussed herein, or about AAPL in general, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Will Boone, CPL

AAPL Director – Region VI

Direct: (316) 771-5041

Cell: (913) 832-4583

Email: will@wildcatresourcesinc.com

Posted on 13 Jun 2020

AAPL Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting – Director’s Report –December 2019

Dear WAPL Members,
The AAPL Board of Directors held its latest quarterly board meeting on December 15, 2019 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

Below is a summary of the more relevant items discussed and/or voted on by the Board of Directors:

Membership
AAPL total membership is 14,937 as of December 2019. Total AAPL membership is trending slightly higher than prior years; however, student membership has declined by 9% from the prior year and more than 26% since 2016. Associate membership has also declined since 2016 and is up slightly (less than 1%) since 2018. Total membership may start declining by the start of the 2020-2021 fiscal year, based off feedback from surveys and general industry trends.

Technical Advisor Program
This committee is currently discussing ways to better market this program to our membership. The Advisory program connects advisors and participants to advance networking and career development for members. The Technical program facilitates an almost immediate connection between a member and a technical advisor who can assist in identifying possible solutions to land-related issues and questions. Technical advisors have land proficiencies in the following areas:

  • Title
  • Lease Negotiations & Acquisition
  • Surface Access & ROW Negotiation & Acquisition
  • Mineral Acquisition
  • Unitization & Pooling
  • Joint Operating Agreement Negotiations & Management
  • Due Diligence for Purchases and Sales
  • Federal, BIA and State Lands

If you have questions or would like to be involved, please contact me for more information.

NAPE Outlook
NAPE Summit – metrics are running close with the same period last year. However, sponsorships are behind prior year at this point.

NAPE Season Pass – a new season pass that includes NAPE Summer and Summit has launched and guarantees the purchaser the early bird rate.
 

NAPE Magazine
NAPE — the magazine for dealmakers was published in October and was mailed to all NAPE attendees free of charge. The magazine was produced without any cost to NAPE or its recipients due to our advertising revenue.

The January issue is at the printer and scheduled to mail in early January. Content Summary for January 2020 issue:

  • CEO spotlight on George Solich who began his career as a landman
  • Q&A with Matt Gallagher
  • Big Data article by RS Energy
  • Financing piece by Production Lending
  • Public Perception of Energy and Environment by Jacki Pick Deason
  • Article by Colin Fenton from Tudor Pickering
  • Exec Ed, Exec Health, Global piece, Summit Preview, Charities Luncheon, NAPE Buzz, and more!

In addition, NAPE Magazine won a Marcom Award for best new magazine.

Statement of Financial Position
As compared to September 30, 2018, total assets have increased from $37,201,489 to $38,460,078; a change of $1,258,589 or 3.4%. This is primarily due to distributions from NAPE Expo, LP and market activity related to the investment account. Total liabilities as compared to September 30, 2018 have increased from $2,083,045 to $2,290,725; a change of $207,680 or 10.0%. This is primarily due to the timing of accounts payable and accrued expenses as well as an increase in deferred revenue related to membership dues offset by decreases in deferred revenue for Educational Programs and Contract Center.

2018-2019 Financial Audits – the independent financial auditor’s field review in AAPL’s offices for NAPE and AAPL has been completed and delivered to AAPL. It was a clean audit, as expected.

The draft 2020-2021 budget was presented to the board of directors. Nothing surprising or out of the ordinary in the budget. Board will vote in March to approve the budget as drafted.

Upcoming Education Opportunities:
AAPL has tentatively scheduled a CPL review and exam in Wichita for March 25-28th. Please contact me for more information.

I want to make sure that everyone is aware of all opportunities there are for continuing education. Especially the free monthly webinars offered the third Thursday of the month on the AAPL website. In addition, there are a lot of education videos that can also be accessed through the AAPL website. Please visit the AAPL website for more information. https://www.landman.org/calendar‐and‐events/educationcalendar

Directors Note:
AAPL Officer Nominations and Award Nominations are due January 10, 2020. WAPL to my knowledge has never won an award. Let’s try to me active in nominating our organization and or members, it provides great recognition to our organization and members. In addition, four award winners will also be awarded a $1000.00 donation to the charity of their choice. Those awards are for Landman of the Year, Pioneer Award, Lifetime Achievement and Local Association of the Year.

I’ve already submitted J. Fred Hambright for the Pioneer award, but let’s get involved. You can access the nomination forms here: https://www.landman.org/get-involved/nominate

If you would like more details about anything discussed herein, or about AAPL in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Respectfully submitted,

Will Boone, CPL
AAPL Director – Region VI
Direct: (316) 771-5041
Cell: (913) 832-4583
Email: will@wildcatresourcesinc.com

Posted on 07 Jan 2020

AAPL Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting – Director’s Report –September 2019

Dear WAPL Members,

The AAPL Board of Directors held its latest quarterly board meeting on September 15, 2019 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. If you ever get a chance to visit that area, I would highly recommend it.

Below is a summary of the more relevant items discussed and/or voted on by the Board of Directors:

AAPL STAFF REPORT

AAPL currently has 24 employees, while NAPE has 7 full-time employees.  

Summer NAPE business conference attendance exceeded the three prior years while overall attendance was slightly down.

Registration for 2020 NAPE Summit is open!

NAPE Summit – metrics are running slightly ahead of the same period last year.

NAPE Season Pass – a new season pass that includes NAPE Summer and Summit has launched and guarantees the purchaser the early bird rate.

2018-2019 Financial Audits – the independent financial auditor’s field review in AAPL’s offices for NAPE and AAPL has been completed. The final audit reports for all AAPL and NAPE entities are scheduled to be delivered and presented to the Finance Committee in November.

2018-2019 End of Year Financials – Expenses ended the year ~$540,000 under budget. Income exceeded budget by ~$900,000, primarily due to income exceeding budget in the following programs: NAPE (~$400,000), Membership (~$170,000), Education (~$225,000) and Annual Meeting (~$44,000).

Professional Development Assistance – The 2018-2019 Professional Development Assistance program assisted more than twice as many members as the prior year. The total amount of assistance granted was $29,100. 39 members accessed $11,700 for Annual Meeting registration; 51 members accessed $15,300 for AAPL education event registration; and at least 6 members accessed $1,800 in book and video sales discounts. This is available to all members please contact me for more information.

 

Membership as of 8/26/2019

Total Membership: 14,198 (13,492 at same period last year)

o Active Members: 12,557

o Associate Members: 1,186

o Retired CPLs: 89

o Senior Members: 164

o Student Members: 202

o New Members YTD: 865

 

NEW EVP

I sent an email regarding this on September 17, 2019. Please refer to that email for more details, but AAPL Board Voted unanimously to hire Dr. Greta P. Zeimetz as our new Executive Vice President.

 

AAPL has a brand-new logo!

A new AAPL Logo was launched at the Annual Meeting. Please head to the website to get good quality versions of the new logos, feel free to use them on your email signatures or websites etc.

 

 Statement of Financial Position

Total assets as of June 30, 2019 are $40,117,609. $34,695,261, or 86.48% of total assets are comprised of cash and cash equivalents. This includes operating funds, investments and deposits in transit. The net book value of property and equipment total $5,064,788 or 12.62%. Total liabilities as of June 30, 2019 are $3,096,304. $1,878,951 or 60.68% of total liabilities is comprised of unearned revenue. Unearned revenue is made up of dues in the amount of $1,783,082 or 94.90%, contract center licenses in the amount of $52,419 or 2.79% and educational seminar fees of $43,450 or 2.31%. Accounts Payable, in the amount of $1,001,574 accounts for 32.35% of total liabilities and results from timing of check runs.

Contract Center:

AAPL has approved the use of several new forms they can be accessed through the AAPL website listed below. There are several forms available including Affidavits, Releases, Ratifications, etc. These are free for AAPL members.

https://www.landman.org/resources/contract-center-and-forms

 

Upcoming Education Opportunities:

I want to make sure that everyone is aware of all opportunities there are for continuing education. Especially the free monthly webinars offered the third Thursday of the month on the AAPL website. In addition, there are a lot of education videos that can also be accessed through the AAPL website. Here is a list of other scheduled events for the remaining calendar year.

3-Oct-19 Appalachian Land Institute Coraopolis, PA

8-Oct-19 Negotiations San Antonio, TX

15-Oct-19 Surface Use and Access * Durango, CO

17-Oct-19 Gulf Coast Land Institute New Orleans, LA

17-Oct-19 Working Interest 2 day Fort Worth, TX

17-Oct-19 The Independent Contractor and You – Free Webinar Web

24-Oct-19 Surface Use and Access * Pittsburgh, PA

25-Oct-19 RPL/CPL Exam Only Fort Worth, TX

7-Nov-19 Advanced Landman's Institute Houston, TX

8-Nov-19 Petroleum Economics * Charleston, WV

14-Nov-19 Joint Operating Agreements Houston, TX

15-Nov-19 RPL/CPL Exam Only Fort Worth, TX

21-Nov-19 Held By Production * Washington, PA

21-Nov-19 Regulatory Permitting - Free Webinar Web

5-Dec-19 Due Diligence * Midland, TX

6-Dec-19 Negotiations Lafayette, LA

10-Dec-19 Oil and Gas Land Review Houston, TX

13-Dec-19 RPL/CPL Exam Only Fort Worth, TX

 

Directors Note:

While, WAPL membership is very important, WAPL members should also be members of the AAPL. We currently have a large disparity in AAPL membership among WAPL members. Somewhere around 40% of WAPL members are not AAPL members. I’d like to encourage all our members to join AAPL, membership is just $125 annually. The resources and networking opportunities provided by AAPL more than surpasses the annual membership dues. It is absolutely worth your time and money to fill out a membership application.

If you would like more details about anything discussed herein, or about AAPL in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Will Boone, CPL

AAPL Director – Region VI

Direct: (316) 771-5041

Cell: (913) 832-4583

Email: will@wildcatresourcesinc.com

Posted on 02 Oct 2019

AAPL Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting – Director’s Report – September 2018

Dear WAPL Members,

The AAPL Board of Directors held its latest quarterly board meeting on September 16, 2018, at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook, Alabama. It was my first trip to Alabama, and I have to say I was very impressed with Birmingham.

Below is a summary of the more relevant items discussed and/or voted on by the Board of Directors:

 AAPL STAFF REPORT

AAPL currently has 20 employees, 2 open positions, while NAPE has 7 full-time employees, with one open role.  Openings are for Member Services, Membership, and NAPE Business Development 

MEMBERSHIP

As of 8/30/2018

Total Membership: 13,498:

Active Members: 12,010

Associate Members: 1,171

Retired CPLs: 54

Senior Members: 125

Student Members: 138

New Members YTD: 172

New Members Q1: 172

64th ANNUAL MEETING – 2018, DENVER, CO

2018 Denver Annual Meeting attendance was 890, of which 637 were members. The Denver meeting continued the positive trend from Seattle 2017, where attendance was 571, of which 449 attendees were members. Denver meeting income exceeded expenses by $168,318. In the ten-year period from 2009 to 2018, only Boston 2011 and Denver 2018 meetings did not incur financial losses. Total losses for the other 8 annual meetings from 2009 through 2018 total ~$2.8mm.

67th ANNUAL MEETING – in 2021, will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

AAPL directors were polled in August at Board Orientation for the 2021 annual meeting location. Based on that polling, the 1st location for the 2021 Annual Meeting is Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with the 2nd (back up) location being Austin, Texas.

 

NEW PROGRAM KICK-OFFs

Landman Advisory Connection program – committee matched 19 Advisors with 19 Participants. There is still a need for more advisors to connect with advisees, please feel free to reach out to me if you would like to sign up to be an advisor.  

The Corporate Partnership program qualification window closed late August. 15 companies qualified for 18-19.

2018-19 Education Programs and New Seminar Development

Fundamentals of Field Land Practices - development is complete, scheduling pilot Structuring a Deal – Petroleum – development is complete, waiting on committee approval to schedule

Negotiation Strategy & Technique – course complete and approved, first seminar scheduled at NAPE 2019

NAPE OPERATIONS UPDATES

SUMMER NAPE 2018: Summer NAPE was a resounding success with over 2,800 attendees and over 225 exhibitors. Sponsorships were over $450,000. The Business Conference was well attended and provided excellent educational programs.

NAPE SUMMIT 2019: Plans for NAPE Summit in February 2019 are under way, with a fully confirmed group of speakers at the Global Business Conference. George and Laura Bush will be the speakers at the Charity Luncheon. Sponsorships already exceed last year’s final numbers. Booth exhibitors are expected to exceed 750.

EDUCATION REPORT

AAPL continues to offer quality educational events in person or via webinar. The Field Landman Seminars Committee is working to bring networking and educational opportunities to field landmen in both large and small towns across the country. AAPL intends to focus on active oil and gas plays and in urban areas where a high density of field landmen live throughout the US, promoting continuing education opportunities, networking and AAPL membership.

Continuing Education Statistics (as of 8/30/18):

Seminars YTD: 12

Attendees YTD (on site/webinar): 334 /63

Attendees Q1(on site/webinar): 334 / 63

Books & Videos Sold YTD: $23,558

Books & Videos Sold Q1: $23,558

Education Income & Expense Q1: $94,795/$31,034

Education Income & Expense YTD: $94,795/$31,034

 

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

Grants awarded by the A.A.P.L. Educational Foundation, Inc. are intended to help fund projects and programs that support the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), promote education, instruction, and training for the members of the AAPL to improve or develop their capabilities, instruct the public on subjects useful to individuals and beneficial to the community, and further the advancement of education.

Recent Grants

$5,000 - Annual Meeting - Contract Center training

$2,500 - 2018 Southwest Land Institute

$1,000 - HAPL Houston teacher awards

$500 - Richard Kent Thompson Scholarship Fund - mining education

$1,300 - New Mexico Land Association’s independent contractor training

Grants are available for WAPL to hold educational events, we anticipate having one event in November.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

As compared to June 30, 2017, total assets have increased from $33,408,171 to $36,394,241 a change of $2,986,070 or 8.94%. This is primarily due to market activity related to the investment account as well as fewer operating fund withdrawals. Funds withdrawn from the investment account for FY 17-18 total $585,764 as of June 30, 2018 and are solely related to Disaster Relief. Total liabilities as compared to June 30, 2017 have decreased from $2,517,677 to $2,489,047; a change of $28,630 or 1.14%. This decrease is a combination of less prepaid membership dues and the effect of resetting the salary and compensation period from a calendar year to the fiscal year.

Revenues (exclusive of investment revenue) compared to June 30, 2017 have increased from $6,099,351 to $7,387,596, a change of $1,288,245 or 21.12%. The increase in revenue is due to income received from NAPE, membership dues, annual meeting, educational programs, Contract Center and rent income. NAPE distributions and management fee income increased $423,722 (14.01% increase from $3,020,426 to $3,444,148). Membership dues revenue increased $342,291 (22.13% increase from $1,546,247 to $1,888,538) due to the increase in membership dues prices. Annual meeting income increased $224,895 (45.61% from $493,082 to $717,977). Education seminar revenues increased $140,544 (25.27% increase from $557,974 to $698,948) due to an increase in seminar prices as well as attendance. The resulting increase of approximately $156,793 is made up of Contract Center and rent income.

Expenses have increased 4.34% from $6,942,071 to $7,243,351 a change of $301,280. The increase in expenses is due to the $585,764 disaster relief contributions AAPL made to the AAPL Educational Foundation as well as the $100,000 donation to CRED for the Colorado initiative. When these one-time expenses are excluded, expenses totaled $6,557,587, resulting in a 5.54% decrease from prior year. The decrease is largely due to a reduction in salaries and benefits of 13.74% (from $3,170,813 to $2,735,839) due to moving seven employees to NAPE Expo as well as the elimination of government lobbying expenses within governmental programs (71.07% decrease from $167,788 to $48,546).

 

DIRECTORS STATEMENT:

AAPL's mission is to promote the highest standards of performance for all land professionals, to advance their stature and to encourage sound stewardship of energy and mineral resources.

To fully deliver on the mission statement, set forth by AAPL, membership must be engaged and willing. While, WAPL membership is very important, WAPL members should also be members of the AAPL. We currently have a large disparity in AAPL membership among WAPL members. Somewhere around 40% of WAPL members are not AAPL members. I’d like to encourage all our members to join AAPL, membership is just $125 annually. The resources and networking opportunities provided by AAPL more than surpasses the annual membership dues. In addition, any independent landman that joins AAPL, can be found via the AAPL directory. That means if someone is looking for a landman to do work in Kansas, they may find you in the directory and hire you! It is absolutely worth your time and money to fill out a membership application.

If you would like more details about anything discussed herein, or about AAPL in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Respectfully submitted,

Will Boone, CPL

AAPL Director – Region VI

Direct: (316) 771-5041

Cell: (913) 832-4583

Email:will@wildcatresourcesinc.com

Posted on 08 Nov 2018

AAPL Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting – Director’s Report – March, 2018

TO:         ALL WAPL MEMBERS

RE:          MARCH 2018 AAPL QUARTERLY BOARD MEETING SUMMARY / Submitted March 26, 2018

Dear WAPL Members,

The AAPL Board of Directors held its latest quarterly board meeting on March 11, 2018 at the Estancia La Jolla in La Jolla, California, Texas.  Below is a summary of the more pertinent items discussed and/or voted on by the Board of Directors:

 AAPL STAFF REPORT

AAPL currently has 18 employees, while NAPE has 6 full-time employees.  AAPL is currently looking for an Education & Member Services Director.  The advertisement is currently posted. 

MEMBERSHIP

AAPL membership, as of February 26, 2018, was 15,658, which is slightly above the budget projections of 15,600 for FY 2017-18.  Of the reported members, 13,407 hold active, voting member status.  The certification status of eligible members is 2,927 CPL; 49 CPL/ESA; 2,135 RPL; 336 RL; and 51 Retired CPL.

A new membership compensation survey will be forthcoming in the 2nd quarter of 2018.

64th ANNUAL MEETING – 2018, DENVER, CO

AAPL will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on June 19-20, 2018 at the Sheraton Downtown.  Save the date license plates have been mailed to the membership.  David Lawler, BP Americas CEO will be the Keynote Speaker.  Steve Gorman is confirmed to speak at Education Luncheon.  Two breakout sessions covering Contract Center are planned during the meeting.  There will be 15.5 CEU credits available at the Annual Meeting, if you need the credits for your certification.

Registration is open with early bird savings ending April 11.  Sponsorships are available from $200 on up.

66th ANNUAL MEETING – 2020 HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

AAPL has secured the contract for the 2020 Annual Meeting with the Hyatt in Huntington Beach, California.

TECHNOLOGY

The Personify On-line Certification is now fully functional online, though all applications will continue to be reviewed by the Certification Committee.

The AAPL mobile app is now available to download and includes details for all education and member services.  It can be downloaded from your phone’s app center. 

AAPL’s Contract Center has finalized a contract with COPAS to add the 2005 COPAS.  In addition, the 2015 Master Land Service Agreement (MLSA) is being finalized to be added to Contract Center.  A model Participation Agreement is being developed by a committee under the leadership of Dorsey Roach.  A model Purchase and Sale Agreement is also in the works.  As of 2-15-18, Contract Center has 163 subscriptions.

Committee Service Application is now online to express your interest in an appointment to a AAPL committee.

The Connect/Online Communities continue to be widely used by staff and members, including the sharing of ideas, submission of questions, and posting of job opportunities.

NAPE OPERATIONS

NAPE Partners are pleased with the progress being made to control costs, as well as with the year over year growth in both NAPE Summit and Summer NAPE.

NAPE SUMMIT 2018

NAPE celebrated its 25th Anniversary with 12,300 attendees (compared to 11,231 in 2017) and 701 exhibitors (compared to 655 in 2017).  NAPE partnered with 88 sponsoring companies to generate $525,125.  Early numbers indicate that 2018 NAPE Summit revenues totaled $8,288,270.00, representing an increase of $1,019,657.54 over 2017 and exceeded the 2018 budget by $1,133,270.00.

NAPE Summit featured its new Job Fair, which was popular and well-attended.  I would expect this program to come again and expand.  NAPE Charities Luncheon welcomed 1,084 attendees and raised $150,000.00.   An F-150 was given away at the closing ceremony.

EDUCATION REPORT

The Education Committee for AAPL is currently working on developing educational courses on Fundamentals of Field Land Practices; Structuring the Deal – Petroleum Economics; Advance Oil & Gas Contract – The Participation Agreement; and Advance Oil & Gas Contracts – JOA.

If you are in need of CEUs, please check the AAPL website for recorded previously-held seminars that should be eligible for credit, at a cost as low as $10/credit.

The Education Task Force is actively developing a volunteer model, 1-day seminar on Held by Production and another 1-day seminar on Due Diligence.

As of 2-12-2018, AAPL has held 36 seminars in the current fiscal year, which were physically attended by 1,436 people and another 236 via webinar.  FY 2017-18 education income totals $440,185 with $114,940 in expenses.

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

AAPL continues to follow employee misclassification audits at the state and federal levels. 

AAPL has filed an Amicus Brief in the Dundics case (Ohio) and entered an appearance with comment on the KCC’s investigatory docket on well plugging liability.

All weekly reports for 2017 have been archived on Papervision platform.

Secured a contract with Voter Voice to assist in mobilizing member action on important legislative issues.

TREASURER’S REPORT

As compared to December 31, 2016, total assets have increased from $30,069,402 to $33,535,061, representing an increase of $3,465,659 or 11.5%, which is largely due to market activity in our investment account and fewer transfers to the operating fund.  Total liabilities have increased in the same time frame from $1,448,114 to $1,777,398, an increase of $329,284 or 22.7%.  This increase in liability is primarily due to deferred revenue related to 3- and 5-year membership dues and Contract Center.

As compared to December 31, 2016, revenues (exclusive of investment revenues) have increased $321,368 or 18.7% from $1,723,342 to $2,041,710.  The increase is due in large part to increased membership dues prices, the reinstatement of recertification fees, an increase in publication income and the addition of Contract Center revenue, and rental income from NAPE.

Expenses have increased $253,833 or 8% from $3,160,166 to $3,413,999.  The expense increase is due large part from the $545,679 disaster relief contribution by AAPL to the AAPL Educational Foundation.  Removing this one-time expense results in an expense decrease of 9.2% overall, due to operational efficiencies such as decreased publication costs (Landman 2), elimination of the government lobbying expenses, cost control on educational seminars, board of director meetings and general and administrative expenses, including shifting 7 FTE from AAPL to NAPE.

Investments increased by $2,444,253 (10.2%) over the same period, with a balance of $26,321,529, as of December 31, 2017.  The increase is due to the realized and unrealized gains in the investment account.

FY18-19 CAPITAL BUDGET

The Board approved the FY18-19 Capital Budget of $265,760.00.  The Capital Budget includes funds for enhanced security systems and two bathroom upgrades at AAPL Headquarters, a website rebuild, and development of 3 educational seminars, plus a 10% contingency.

FY18-19 OPERATING BUDGET

The Board of Directors has adopted the operating budget for FY18-19.  This budget foresees an increase in revenue of $720,145, which is due largely to increased NAPE revenue projections.  Operating expenditures are increased by approximately $395,000, due in large part to IT and Education enhancements.  The budget projects a Net Income (before Depreciation) of $583,787.

OFFICER NOMINATIONS

The Sub-Nominating Committee presented its recommended slate of officers for 2018-19 to the ExCom, which unanimously approved the nominations, as did the Board of Directors.  The slate of AAPL officers (ExCom) for FY18-19 are as follows:

 Mike Curry, President                              Region V

Jay Beaver, 1st Vice President                 Region III

Cranford Newell, 2nd Vice President        Region VII

Aaron Yost, 3rd Vice President                Region II

Charles Walton, Secretary                       Region VI

Michael A Pisciotte, Treasurer                Region VI

David Miller, Immediate Past President    Region I

 

PUBLICATIONS

The last 10+ years of the Landman magazine are now posted on the AAPL website for member access.

AAPL is accepting article submissions for the upcoming issues of Landman.

TAX ISSUES

The federal and state departments of labor continue to seek out and audit companies and individuals regarding their independent contractor status.  Pennsylvania seems to be under attack by the National Labor Relations Board for the misclassification of employees.  The Department of Labor’s stance is that workers are considered employees unless proven otherwise.  IF YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, OR YOU HAVE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS PERFORM LANDWORK FOR YOU, I STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO CHECK OUT AAPL’S INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR TOOLKIT, available on AAPL’s website (www.landman.org).  This toolkit contains important information and resources on how you should position yourself or your company in order to help you prepare if you face an audit, and a guide to Kansas tax and independent contractor regulations.

***

AAPL’s purpose is to serve its membership through continuing education, providing resources for you and/or your business, and a vast network of oil and gas industry professionals.  If you are not already a member of AAPL, please consider joining.  The benefits of membership in this good and strong organization are well worth the price of membership. 

If you would like more details about anything discussed herein, or about AAPL in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Respectfully submitted,

Michael A. Pisciotte, CPL

AAPL Director – Region VI

mpisciotte@murfininc.com

316-858-8621 office

316-519-7690 cell

 

Posted on 27 Mar 2018

DECEMBER 2017 AAPL QUARTERLY BOARD MEETING SUMMARY

The AAPL Board of Directors held its latest quarterly board meeting on December 3, 2017 at the Omni La Mansion del Rio in San Antonio, Texas.  Below is a summary of the more pertinent items discussed and/or voted on by the Board of Directors:

 AAPL STAFF REPORT

AAPL currently has 20 employees, while NAPE has 6 full-time employees.  AAPL is currently looking for an Education & Member Services Manager. 

MEMBERSHIP

AAPL membership, as of November 2, 2017, was 14,809 (currently over 15,000), which is below the budget projections of 15,600 for FY 2017-18.  Of the reported members, 12,722 hold active, voting member status.  The certification status of eligible members is 2,878 CPL; 49 CPL/ESA; 2,097 RPL; 332 RL; and 50 Retired CPL.

Results from the compensation survey earlier this year will be published in Sep/Oct issue of Landman.  There were approximately 2,600 respondents.  A new membership compensation survey will be forthcoming in the 1st quarter of 2018. The 2018 AAPL Membership Directory has been completed and mailed to the membership.

64th ANNUAL MEETING – 2018, DENVER, CO

AAPL will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on June 19-20, 2018 at the Sheraton Downtown.  Save the date license plates have been mailed to the membership.  David Lawler, BP Americas CEO will be the Keynote Speaker.  Registration will open January 8, 2018 with early bird through April.  Sponsorships are available from $200 on up.

TECHNOLOGY

The Personify On-line Certification has been delayed until year-end to rectify systemic security issues, which were identified in the March testing phase.  All applications will continue to be reviewed by the Certification Committee.

The AAPL mobile app is now available to download and includes details for all education and member services.  It can be downloaded from your phone’s app center. 

AAPL’s Contract Center has finalized a contract with COPAS to add the 2005 COPAS.  In addition, the 2015 Master Land Service Agreement (MLSA) is being finalized to be added to Contract Center.  A model Participation Agreement is being developed by a committee under the leadership of Dorsey Roach.

Higher Logic’s Volunteer Central will be used by members to express their interest in serving on AAPL committees.  A preliminary mock-up is currently being vetted by the Committee Service Task Force.

The Connect/Online Communities continue to be widely used by staff and members, including the sharing of ideas, submission of questions, and posting of job opportunities.

NAPE OPERATIONS

NAPE was successful in renegotiating the registration contract with Wyndham Jade to realign the commission split to 60/40 in favor of NAPE.  The new contract should result in between $300,000 to $400,000 in additional annual income to NAPE Expo.

SUMMER NAPE 2017

SUMMER NAPE gross income exceeded budget by $176,133, with partnership net income of $830,963.  Total revenue increased by 24% over 2016.

NAPE SUMMIT 2018

Registration opened September 25, 2017, in honor of the 25th anniversary of NAPE.  As of October 31, registrations were 3,701, the most early-registrations ever.  More than 500 exhibitors have registered.

NAPE Summit will continue to expand and improve the Prospect Theaters for regional prospects and Lease & Mineral Exchange.  A new job/career fair will be introduced.  The NAPE Charities Luncheon keynote speaker will be Tom Brokaw.  Sponsorship revenue has exceeded $2.1 million, surpassing the levels for 2017 NAPE Summit with 3 months remaining to generate additional revenue and exceeding budget by $650,000.

AAPL staff has renegotiated the contract with Freeman, increasing our protections and safety, and decreasing our potential liability from suit, such as from the Jolly lawsuit.

EDUCATION REPORT

The Education Committee for AAPL is currently working on developing educational courses on Fundamentals of Field Land Practices; Structuring the Deal – Petroleum Economics; Advance Oil & Gas Contract – The Participation Agreement; and Advance Oil & Gas Contracts – JOA.

If you are in need of CEUs, please check the AAPL website for recorded previously-held seminars that should be eligible for credit, at a cost as low as $10/credit.

The Education Task Force is actively developing a volunteer model, 1-day seminar on Held by Production and another 1-day seminar on Due Diligence.

The 2nd iteration of the Comparative Oil and Gas Law Publication is scheduled to be released in September 2017.  A panel discussion at the Annual Meeting was held to highlight 3 sections of the new books.

As of 11-2-2017, AAPL has held 24 seminars in the current fiscal year, which were physically attended by 915 people and another 178 via webinar.  FY 2017-18 education income totals $280,080 with $106,714 in expenses.

GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

AAPL continues to follow employee misclassification audits at the state and federal levels. 

AAPL has filed an Amicus Brief in the Dundics case (Ohio) and entered an appearance with comment on the KCC’s investigatory docket on well plugging liability.

All weekly reports for 2017 have been archived on Papervision platform.

TREASURER’S REPORT

AAPL is examining new revenue streams and revenue strategies, as current revenues are expected to continue to decrease or stagnate, while operating expenses appear to flat line or even increase.  AAPL, as an organization, maintains a solid reserve position and should be able to withstand the downturn.  The focus remains on how to hold or reduce expenses, increase revenues and maintain member services.  I anticipate there will be more future discussion regarding a strategic approach to budgeting, reserve spending and organizational goals. 

The financial audits for AAPL, the Landman’s Scholarship Trust, and the Educational Foundation have been completed and awarded an unmodified opinion (the first such audit for AAPL).

As compared to September 30, 2016, total assets have increased from $30,411,520 to $32,945,780, representing an increase of $2,534,259 or 8.3 percent, which is largely due to market activity in our investment account.  Total liabilities have increased in the same time frame from $1,806,390 to $2,124,449, an increase of $318,059 or 17.6 percent.  This increase in liability is primarily due to deferred revenue related to 3- and 5-year membership dues and Contract Center.

As compared to September 30, 2016, revenues (exclusive of investment revenues) have increased $208,968 or 37.8% from $552,651 to $761,619.  The increase is due in large part to increased membership dues prices, the reinstatement of recertification fees, an increase in publication income and the addition of Contract Center revenue, and rental income from NAPE.

Expenses have increased $362,026 or 25.6% from $1,415,396 to $1,772,422.  The expense increase is due large part from the $500,000 disaster relief contribution by AAPL to the AAPL Educational Foundation.  Removing this one-time expense results in an expense decrease of 9.75% overall, due to operational efficiencies such as decreased publication costs (Landman 2), cost control on educational seminars, board of director meetings and general and administrative expenses, including shifting 7 FTE from AAPL to NAPE.

Investments increased by $1,047,963 (4.4%) over the same period, with a balance of $25,020,423, as of September 30, 2017.  The increase is due to the realized and unrealized gains in the investment account.

ALBUQUERQUE ASSOCIATION OF PETROLEUM LANDMEN

This local association doesn’t exist except in name only, as it has essentially merged with the local oil and gas association.  There has been no correspondence from the association since 2010 and no Director has been attended a Board Meeting since June 2015.  Despite notification, no alternative viewpoint was given by the local association.  By unanimous Board vote, the local association’s recognition by AAPL has been revoked.

FIELD LANDMAN SEMINARS

Effective immediately, the Board approved the policy reinstatement whereby participants who haven’t been an AAPL member for the immediate past 3 years, may attend the seminar and submit a membership application at the reduced rate of $60.

The revised Field Landman Survival Guide is available either online at www.landman.org or at the Field Landman Seminars.

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION DISASTER RELIEF FUND

The AAPL Educational Foundation, Inc. has approved the establishment of a disaster relief fund (“Fund”) for an indefinite period of time.  This Fund received an initial cash contribution of $500,000 from AAPL, along with an AAPL pledge of another $500,000 in matching funds to be contributed in conjunction with member contributions.  In addition to the matching funds from AAPL, the foundation is also pledging $250,000 in matching funds.  As such, this means your $1 donation will result in $3 being donated for disaster relief.  All donations will be 100% tax deductible and will benefit AAPL members.

The Fund can be used to benefit any AAPL member who has suffered a qualifying loss from a qualifying disaster (i.e. Harvey, Irma, tornado, flood, wildfire, earthquake, etc.).  The programmatic specifics will be determined by an independent committee established under the foundation and chaired by our own Nick Hess.  Benefits are anticipated to start being dispersed in the coming months.

As of the Board Meeting, a total of $150,000 has been or will be distributed in relief funds, with 16 applicants having received $5,000 awards and another 14 applications pending.  Once the initial awards are distributed, the Committee will go back to examine in-depth the applications with the goal to distribute all funds collected, currently being around $637,000.

WAPL provided $5,000 to the cause.  DAPL contributed $10,000.  Other associations also contributed varying amounts.

PUBLICATIONS

The last 10+ years of the Landman magazine are now posted on the AAPL website for member access.

AAPL is accepting article submissions for the upcoming issues of Landman.

TAX ISSUES

The federal and state departments of labor continue to seek out and audit companies and individuals regarding their independent contractor status.  Pennsylvania seems to be under attack by the National Labor Relations Board for the misclassification of employees.  The Department of Labor’s stance is that workers are considered employees unless proven otherwise.  IF YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, OR YOU HAVE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS PERFORM LANDWORK FOR YOU, I STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO CHECK OUT AAPL’S INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR TOOLKIT, available on AAPL’s website (www.landman.org).  This toolkit contains important information and resources on how you should position yourself or your company in order to help you prepare if you face an audit, and a guide to Kansas tax and independent contractor regulations.

***

AAPL’s purpose is to serve its membership through continuing education, providing resources for you and/or your business, and a vast network of oil and gas industry professionals.  If you are not already a member of AAPL, please consider joining.  The benefits of membership in this good and strong organization are well worth the price of membership. 

If you would like more details about anything discussed herein, or about AAPL in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Respectfully submitted,

Michael A. Pisciotte, CPL

AAPL Director – Region VI

mpisciotte@murfininc.com

316-858-8621 office

316-519-7690 cell

Posted on 13 Dec 2017

AAPL Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting – Director’s Report – March, 2017

Dear WAPL Members,

The AAPL Board of Directors held its latest quarterly board meeting on March 12, 2017 at the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara, California.  Below is a summary of the more pertinent items discussed and/or voted on by the Board of Directors:

 AAPL STAFF REPORT

AAPL currently has 28 people on staff and 7 vacant positions, being a Government Affairs Analyst, Certification Coordinator, Senior Accountant, Personify Database Administrator, Electronic Media Administrator, Business Development Manager, and Publications/Marketing Manager.

A functional study was conducted and determined that 7 staff work exclusively on NAPE functions and an additional 7 staff spend between 25% and 75% of their time working on NAPE functions.  A recommendation to move the 7 FTE staff under NAPE operational budgets will be forthcoming in the budget discussions.

MEMBERSHIP

AAPL membership, as of 2-20-17, was 15,576, up from 14,691 in November, 2016.  This level represents exceeds the budget projections of 15,000 for FY 2016-17.  Of the current members, 13,354 hold active, voting member status.  The certification status of eligible members is 2,889 CPL; 50 CPL/ESA; 2,255 RPL; 421 RL; and 30 Retired CPL.

The 2017 AAPL Membership Directory has been mailed and you should have received it in January.

A new compensation survey was sent out to members in the 1Q of 2017.  This is the first compensation survey since 2010.  The results will be published in Aug/Sep issue of Landman.  There were approximately 2,600 respondents.

SUMMER NAPE

Summer NAPE gross income (all partners) was $743,687, with AAPL receiving its proportionate share of $375,562 and the management fee of $141,351.  Costs were reduced by 42% from last year, or $566,558.64.  Summer NAPE was attended by 2,780 persons (vs. 4,384 prior year) and 184 exhibitors (vs. 268 prior year).  The business conference had 229 attendees.    

NAPE DENVER

Despite deep cuts in expenses with NAPE Denver, the exhibit continued its decline in attendance, exhibitors, and sponsors.  The NAPE Operating Committee has voted to cancel all regional NAPE events, including NAPE Denver, effective immediately and until further notice.  The action was due to low attendance and increased costs during the commodity downturn.

Internal research from the 2016 NAPE Denver indicates that NAPE Summit drew 22% more attendees from Colorado than the regional Denver show itself.  There were also 56% more Rockies prospects shown in Houston than at the Denver show.

NAPE SUMMIT

Attendee Registration for NAPE Summit totaled 11,231 with 10,700 actually in attendance with 655 exhibitors.  Both numbers represent significant increases from the budgeted predictions of 8,500 attendees and 600 exhibitors.  A positive effect on the budget is anticipated once the revenue distribution occurs.

The AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators) and the AAPL OCS (Outer Continental Shelf) Advisory Board held their respective annual winter workshop and annual meeting during the week of NAPE.  The NAPE Charities Fund has changed to NAPE Expo Charities Fund, a public charity.

Significant upgrades to the George R. Brown Convention Center have been completed, which had a positive impact on the overall NAPE experience.

ANNUAL MEETING – 2017, SEATTLE, WA  

AAPL will hold held its 2017 Annual Meeting in Seattle in June.  Given the negative fiscal impact of the 2016 Annual Meeting due to low attendance, AAPL has renegotiated its hotel contract to limit our exposure, reducing the guarantee from 750 members attending to 300 members.  Registration for the Seattle Annual Meeting is now open.  There will also be some programmatic changes, potentially to the education schedule and the evening events.  Our own Taylor Hess now serves on the Annual Meeting Committee.

TECHNOLOGY

The 2017-18 AAPL Officer Election will be conducted with online ballots.

The new AAPL Contract Center has opened where the new 2015 JOA can be accessed, modified, negotiated and saved.  Forms-on-a-Disk will no longer sell the AAPL JOA format, though your current applications for the 1982 and 1989 versions will still be available.  The Contract Center is working to add additional documents to its library, including Master Land Service Agreement and a Participation Agreement.  Subscriptions for 2017 total 103, generating $28,160 in revenue and $15,759 in expenses.

The Personify On-line Certification is being tested with a March, 2017 soft launch with a full launch and marketing to occur in the April/May window.  All applications will continue to be reviewed by the Certification Committee.

The AAPL mobile app is now available to download and includes details for all education and member services.  It can be downloaded from your phone’s app center.

EDUCATION REPORT

AAPL is co-sponsoring 3 events in 2017 with RMMLF and AAPL members will be entitled to a discount rate.  The events include O&G Agreements: Surface Use in the 21st Century, held May 17-18 in Westminster, Colorado; AAPL/RMMLF Joint Institute on the 2015 JOA, held December 5-6 in Denver, Colorado; and a third event to be confirmed later.

If you are in need of CEUs, please check the AAPL website for recorded previously-held seminars that should be eligible for credit, at a cost as low as $10/credit.

The Education Task Force is actively developing a 1-day seminar on Held by Production and another 1-day seminar on Due Diligence.

As of 2-20-2017, AAPL has held 30 seminars, which were physically attended by 1,089 people and another 310 via webinar.  FY 2016 education income totaled $302,081 with $179,315 in expenses.

TREASURER’S REPORT

The budget process for FY17-18 is winding down with an operational budget approved later in the meeting. Revenues are anticipated to continue to decrease, while operating expenses appear to flat line or even increase.  AAPL, as an organization, maintains a solid reserve position and should be able to withstand the downturn.  The focus remains on how to hold or reduce expenses, increase revenues and maintain member services.  I anticipate there will be more future discussion regarding a strategic approach to budgeting, reserve spending and organizational goals. 

As compared to December 31, 2015, total assets have decreased from $30,736,492 to $30,069,402, representing a decrease of $667,090 or 2.17%.  AAPL has reduced total liabilities in the same time frame from $2,926,302 to $1,448,113, a reduction of $1,478,189 or 50.51%.  This reduction in liability is primarily due to additional debt service of $1,000,000 on the building note payable, with a current balance of $0, and a $244,401 decrease in unearned 3- and 5-year member dues. 

As compared to December 31, 2015, revenues (exclusive of investment revenues) have decreased 20.03% from $2,151,256 to $1,720,342.  The decrease is due in large part to reduced NAPE distributions and management fees due to lower attendance at Summer NAPE.  Expenses have decreased to a greater amount by 21.66% from $4,033,918 to $3,160,165.  The expense reduction is due primarily to decreased publication costs (Landman 2), cost control on educational seminars, board of director meetings and general and administrative expenses.  

Investments decreased by $131,230 (0.55%) over the same period, with a balance of $23,877,276, as of December 31, 2016.  The decrease is due to the transfers to the operational budgets in FY16 of $2,430,000, which were partially offset by realized and unrealized gains in the investment account of $2,298,770.

FY16-17 CAPITAL BUDGET

The Board approved an additional $25,000 to the FY16-17 Capital Budget, bringing the total Capital Budget to $180,000.  The additional amounts include $10,000 to enhance Personify Landman Qualifier, used in the certification process, and $15,000 to develop Field Landman Seminars.

FY17-18 OPERATING BUDGET

The Board of Directors has adopted the operating budget for FY17-18.  This budget foresees an increase in revenue of $427,145, including $319,000 from dues increases and $93,000 in rent from NAPE.  Operating expenditures are decreased by approximately $604,000.  A significant portion of the decrease stems from assigning 7 staff members under the NAPE operational funds and away from AAPL expenses.

The Operating Budget will move $92,000 to the FY17-18 Capital Budget.  These funds are allocated $80,000 for the development of new educational seminars (including Negotiations, Petroleum Economics – Structuring a Deal, and Fundamentals of Field Land Practices) and $12,000 to repair and update the bathrooms outside the Education Conference Center.

ANNUAL MEMBER DUES

The Board unanimously voted to increase the annual membership dues from $100/year to $125/year, beginning July 1, 2017.  Members will still have the option of multiple year memberships with 3-year dues increasing to $250 (from $200) and 5-year dues increasing to $500 (from $400).  The increase will generate an additional $319,000 in the coming fiscal year’s operating budget and a factor in the ability to balance the budget.  When taking inflation into account, the increased dues are actually lower than the $100/year when it was instituted.

RECERTIFICATION FEES

Under Roger Soape’s Administration, AAPL waived the $100 fee for recertification due to the commodity downturn.  The Board has rescinded the waiver and will again require a $100 fee for recertification, which is equivalent with the fee charged for initial certification.

OFFICER NOMINATIONS

The Sub-Nominating Committee presented its recommended slate of officers for 2017-18 to the ExCom, which unanimously approved the nominations, as did the Board of Directors.  The slate of AAPL officers (ExCom) for FY17-18 are as follows:

David Miller, President

Mike Curry, 1st Vice President

Lindsey Miles, 2nd Vice President

Nick Hess, 3rd Vice President

Hamel Reinmiller, Secretary

Glen Mauldin, Treasurer

Pam Feist, Immediate Past President

 

Please offer your congratulations to our own Nick Hess, as he should transition to the new position at the Annual Meeting in Seattle.  Of note, the slate includes three from Region VI (WAPL is part of this region), including Lindsey Miles and Hamel Reinmiller.

ANNUAL MEETING 2018

The Annual Meeting for 2018 will take place in Denver, Colorado.

ANNUAL MEETING 2019

David Miller, 1st VP, presented the Board with two options for the 2019 Annual Meeting, being Boston and Pittsburg.  The Board selected the City of Pittsburg for its 2019 Annual Meeting.

FORMS

JOINT OPERATING AGREEMENT FORM 810-2015

AAPL has released the new JOA form in the Contract Center.  No new sales of 1982- and 1989- AAPL Form 810 will be offered through Forms-on-a-Disk as in the past.  AAPL will also be offering a bank of forms (Oil and Gas Leases, Farmout Agreements, etc.) through its website and will be getting away from Forms-On-A-Disk.

FIELD LANDMAN SEMINARS

The revised Field Landman Survival Guide is available either online at www.landman.org or at the Field Landman Seminars.

PUBLICATIONS

AAPL is accepting article submissions for the upcoming issues of Landman.

TAX ISSUES

The federal and state departments of labor continue to seek out and audit companies and individuals regarding their independent contractor status.  Pennsylvania seems to be under attack by the National Labor Relations Board for the misclassification of employees.  The Department of Labor’s stance is that workers are considered employees unless proven otherwise.  IF YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, OR YOU HAVE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS PERFORM LANDWORK FOR YOU, I STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO CHECK OUT AAPL’S INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR TOOLKIT, available on AAPL’s website (www.landman.org).  This toolkit contains important information and resources on how you should position yourself or your company in order to help you prepare if you face an audit, and a guide to Kansas tax and independent contractor regulations.

***

AAPL’s purpose is to serve its membership through continuing education, providing resources for you and/or your business, and a vast network of oil and gas industry professionals.  If you are not already a member of AAPL, please consider joining.  The benefits of membership in this good and strong organization are well worth the price of membership. 

If you would like more details about anything discussed herein, or about AAPL in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Respectfully submitted,

Michael A. Pisciotte, CPL

AAPL Director – Region VI

mpisciotte@murfininc.com

316-858-8621 office

316-519-7690 cell

 

Posted on 17 Apr 2017

AAPL Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting – Director’s Report - September 21, 2016

The AAPL Board of Directors held its latest quarterly board meeting on September 11, 2016 at the Snow King Resort in Jackson, Wyoming.  Below is a summary of the more pertinent items discussed and/or voted on by the Board of Directors:

 

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Posted on 22 Sep 2016

AAPL BOD Update - March, 2016

WAPL Members,

 

AAPL concluded our quarterly board meeting in March at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Arizona.  Below is a summary of some of the more pressing items discussed and/or voted on by the board of directors:

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Posted on 29 Mar 2016

AAPL Board Meeting Summary - March, 2015

WAPL Members,

 
AAPL concluded our quarterly board meeting in March at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.  Below is a summary of some of the more pressing items discussed and/or voted on by the board of directors:
 
 
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Posted on 15 Apr 2015

GeoLand Ski Day - Friday, March 6, 2015 - Beaver Creek Resort

The Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen is hosting their annual “GeoLand” ski day in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists on Friday, March 6 at Beaver Creek Resort.  The DAPL has extended an invitation to members of WAPL.  Please click here for more information.  

Posted on 15 Jan 2015

AAPL Field Land Practices & RPL Exam in Wichita, Feb 3-4, 2015

AAPL is bringing its Field Land Practices and Optional RPL Exam to Wichita this February 3 and 4, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Wichita.  Please click here for more information about this educational opportunity.   

PLEASE NOTE PRICING INCREASES AFTER JANUARY 20!!

Posted on 30 Dec 2014

AAPL Dec 2014 Board Meeting Update

Membership

As of 11/11/14, AAPL Membership is at 18,562. 

AAPL Headquarters

Renovations are nearly complete and AAPL has moved into its new building at 800 Fournier Street, Fort Worth, TX  76102.  Southwestern Energy is moving its office and has graciously donated a lot of their current office furnishings to the new AAPL building.  The old AAPL office on Fossil Creek Blvd. is on the market, and two parties are showing interest.  It has been determined by the board that AAPL does not need to “fire sale” the old building, and will negotiate for what we believe to be an appropriate market selling price.

 

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Posted on 17 Dec 2014

AAPL IS HAVING A MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!

One lucky person will win a one week stay at the fabulous Tamarindo Diria Resort in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. This luxury beachfront resort will have you relaxing to the sound of the ocean. Resort details can be found at www.tamarindodiria.com. This week of relaxation has been donated by Rick Frazier, Director for the North Dakota Association for Petroleum Landmen.

The trip will include accommodations for two with the understanding that all travel must be completed on or before October 31, 2015. The prize will include airfare to Liberia, Costa Rica with free air miles donated by AAPL President Roger Soape. Please note the trip will not include food, beverage and/or entertainment.

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Posted on 18 Nov 2014
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