Past 2016 Luncheons


December 2016 Luncheon


Our December luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 8th at the Midland Country Club. We will not have a guest speaker. Donations will be taken for the Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen.


November 2016 Luncheon


Due to unforeseen circumstances with our guest speaker, the November luncheon has been cancelled; please remember to contact a Board member with your donations for Share the Warmth.


October 2016 Luncheon


David R. Smith, Shareholder, with Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy, Laughlin & Browder, Inc., presented "Unique Issues With Lease Provisions."  Mr. Smith joined the firm in December of 2002 after receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration (with a concentration in Petroleum Land Management) from Texas Tech University in 1998 and his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in 2002.  He is licensed in Texas (2002), New Mexico (2003) and Arkansas (2009).  In 2013, he became Board certified in oil, gas and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


As a shareholder in the firm, David works in many areas of oil and gas law, as well as consulting on various issues including rights-of-way, pooling, unitization, purchase and sale agreements, and other legal matters relating to oil and gas law in Texas, New Mexico and Arkansas.


He has been a guest professor at Midland College where he spoke on “Pooling Basics in Texas and New Mexico,” and has been the guest lecturer at several functions, including the Houston Association of Division Order Analysts (“What’s With All of These Title Requirements”); Permian Association of Lease Title Analysts (“What With All of These Title Requirements” and “The Non-Consenting Non-Participating Royalty Interest Owner”); Permian Basin Association of Division Order Analysts (“Chaining Title and Calculating Interests”); National Association of Lease Title Analysts “Chaining Title and Calculating Interests”); and the 25th Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course (“NPRIs: Selected Issues Involving Non-Participating Royalty Interests”).  He received a Certificate of Appreciation in Recognition of Distinguished Service on the Faculty of the 25th Advanced Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Course.


He is a member of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center of the Permian Basin, a graduate of Leadership Midland, Class of 2005; and served on the Board of Trustees  (as Secretary in 2006) and as Representative to the Finance Committee of First United Methodist Church in Midland.  David is also a member of the Permian Basin Landman’s Association and the Midland County Young Lawyer’s Association. 

David is a fourth generation Midlander.


September 2016 Luncheon


Due to NALTA Conference we will not have a September Luncheon, we hope to see as many PALTA members as possible at NALTA in Atlanta.


August 2016 Luncheon


Joel T. Parsons, Senior Oil and Gas Associate from Davis, Gerald & Cremer.  Mr. Parsons was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas and received his Bachelor's from Texas Tech in 2007, his JD from the University of Texas in 2010 and is licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico.  His firm focuses on title and related transactional matters, and Mr. Parsons has a lovely wife, Tiffany and a 1 1/2 year old son named Grayson.


July 2016 Luncheon


Please join us for an afternoon social in place of a monthly luncheon we will be holding a social event from 5-7pm with appetizers and drinks, stay tuned for more details.


June 2016 Luncheon


Billie Lopez, Senior Lease Analyst, COG Operating LLC, will be reviewing the PALTA By-Law Revision and answering Questions for the Membership.


May 2016 Luncheon


Austin Frye, Senior Landman - Business Development with COG Operating, presented "Production Sharing & Allocation Wells".  He received his BS from Texas A&M in 2007 and a Masters in Energy Business from The University of Tulsa in 2014.  Austin started his career with XTO Energy in Fort Worth, working in the East Texas and Louisiana group. In 2010, Austin joined Concho where he has worked in the Permian Basin on multiple teams and assets. He has a CPL certification from the American Association of Professional Landmen the same organization where he currently sits on the Tax Issues Committee.


April 2016 Luncheon


Annual PALTA Seminar to be held on April 14th at Midland Country Club.


March 2016 Luncheon


Alex Hester, Sr. Landman - Business Development with SM Energy Company, was our guest speaker for the March luncheon, presenting "2015 Business Development in the Permian."  Alex has substantive business development experience in the Permian Basin; participating in over half a billion dollars of acquisitions, the marketing and divesting of over 100,000 acres and the creation of various key join venture partnerships.  Her varied career includes project management; recruiting; mentoring program management; business development; exploration; new ventures and asset development.


February 2016 Luncheon


Seth Cunneen, Completions & Workover Manager at CrownQuest Operating, LLC, was our guest speaker for the February luncheon, presenting "Hydraulic Fracturing".  Mr. Cunneen joined CrownQuest in 2007 and has served in drilling, completions, and production operations.  He currently manages completions and workovers.  From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Cunneen served as an officer in the U.S. Army.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters of Engineering in Petroleum from Texas A&M University.  He is a member of SPE.


January 2016 Luncheon


There will be no January Membership Luncheon, we will see everyone on February 11th, our guest speaker will be Seth Cunneen he is the Completions & Workover Manager at CrownQuest Operating, LLC.

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