Celebrating the Industry, Relationships and the Holidays
The Michigan Oil and Gas Association held its annual holiday membership meeting at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in Thompsonville, MI. A ski resort venue was very fitting, as guests whom were brave enough to make the drive were greeted by a fresh blanket of snow. With headquarters based in Michigan, WLS cherishes the long-term relationships that have been built here over the last 40+ years and was pleased to sponsor the event.
The event began with a meet and greet cocktail hour and award ceremony recognizing the most festive Christmas attire. The ceremony was followed by dinner and discussion. New connections were made and old friendships were strengthened. The night concluded as a few of the more daring attendees contemplated revisiting their college days with a brisk slide down the ski slopes on repurposed cafeteria trays from the lodge. However, good judgement and the fear of injury prevailed. Until next year, Happy Holidays!
Pictured (left to right): Erin McDonough, MOGA; John Wilson, WLS; Joel Myler; MOGA, Chris Tooman, WLS; Steven Kratz, WLS.
Bringing Data & Analytics Together
Western Land Services and PetroDE are pleased to announce a new partnership in the making. Recently joining forces, the two organizations are collaborating to integrate comprehensive land intel and advanced geospatial software. These efforts are geared towards supporting enhanced decision making power and delivering a results-oriented experience to end users. With Western Land’s best in class data and PetroDE’s intuitive analytics platform, clients can uncover added value and expedite analysis to fuel their operations. Contact us today to learn more!
Best in Class Services at Booth #2233!
Western Land Services is a proud sponsor of Summer NAPE 2018. With an anticipated 200 exhibitors and 3,000 industry professionals, we look forward to connecting with new individuals, as well as long time colleagues.
Stop by booth #2233 to hear more about how Western Land Services can bring value and best in class services to your projects from start to finish!
MAKING A LOCAL IMPACT
In its 19th year, the Annual Ludington Lake Jump was another successful event, raising a total of $85,390 amidst the community. Since inception, the event has raised over $500,000 for local charities. This year, Western’s CEO, John Wilson, and a large group of WLS employees braved the frigid waters of Lake Michigan!! WLS team members also raised an impressive grand total of $12,000! For a worthy cause of course – funds are going to Mason County’s Lakeshore Food Club, residing in our corporate office’s local neighborhood. The Lakeshore Food Club is a valuable resource for local families that are 200% or below the federal poverty guideline. Check out this article for additional details.
Supporting the Geospatial Community
As a company that appreciates and embraces the power of GIS in its day to day operations, Western Land Services is pleased to be sponsoring EnerGIS, a conference dedicated to fueling growth and collaboration of GIS within the Energy Industry. Taking place in Canonsburg, PA this week, April 26th & 27th, EnerGIS is in its sixth year. The agenda looks promising! And, what better way to wrap up the day, than with Social hour, sponsored by Western Land. While on-line registration is closed, there may still be space for walk-ins! A big thank you to the EnerGIS committee and GITA for putting on the event. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Establishing an Oklahoma Presence Through a Meaningful Investment
Western Land Services is pleased to announce it has recently acquired Barton Land Consultants, of Duncan, Oklahoma. The transaction closed on March 22nd, 2018. This comes a year after WLS positioned itself as an Employee Owned Company, and represents a bold new step for the future and growth of WLS.
BLC was formed in 2006 by owner Brent Barton. Now a 60+ person, full service operation, Barton has built a solid reputation for providing quality and timely land services to its clients in Oklahoma and beyond.
WLS is thrilled to welcome Brent and the BLC family to the fold. With evident synergies in company cultures, values, and service portfolios, WLS is eager to expand its footprint in Oklahoma and to become more involved in one of the most prolific oil and gas areas in the nation. In conjunction with this acquisition, WLS is also in the midst of securing an Oklahoma City office to strengthen its commitment to this region. WLS and BLC share a wealth of knowledge and experience, along with a commitment to building lasting client relationships by delivering best in class land services. WLS looks forward to sharing those benefits with clients for years to come.
25 Years of Networking Success!
Western Land Services is a proud sponsor of NAPE Summit 2018. We are excited to celebrate the conference’s 25th year of bringing oil and gas professionals together in one location.
Attending NAPE this year? Stop by booth #4139! Our Management Team looks forward to meeting with you and discussing your land related needs for 2018 and beyond!
Western Land Mobilizes & Executes Under Pressure
Some folks were gearing up for the holidays. The Western Land team was focused on getting it done for a client yet again. Under short notice, but for a very important cause, Western Land was tasked with a hefty request the week of Christmas. Determined, Western rallied the troops and completed a mass mail-out to a whopping 5,500 landowners on a client’s behalf.
Responsive, dedicated, and resourceful, Western Land is your solution for all things land related. Contact us today to learn more about our mass lease signing or mail-out capabilities. You can count on us.
Western Land Services Now Employee-Owned!
Western Land Services is excited to announce that effective January 1, 2017, 49% of the company’s stock has been sold to its employees, through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The Michigan-based brokerage firm’s 300 employees will become beneficial owners through the ESOP.
This transaction gives employees a financial interest in the success of the business, making the positive bonds between Western Land teammates even stronger than they are today. It represents a very tangible way to reward those who have played a critical role in Western’s success since the beginning.
John Wilson, celebrating 25 years of ownership, plans to remain CEO for the long-term and executive management team at Western Land will continue in its current form. “It has always been my desire for Western to continue the tradition of being privately owned, and the ESOP will help us with this goal, “said Wilson, “The ESOP will enable the continuity of leadership and will not change the way the company operates. The management team is confident that the ESOP will make us an even stronger company.”
Wilson and Rich Collins, President of Western Land, view this as a natural step consistent with their recognition of the contributions of each employee in the success of the Company, and their desire to share the rewards of that success. “The reasons for selling the stock are three-fold,” adds Collins. “The ESOP is the best way to provide for future Company stability; ensure a smooth long term leadership transition; and share the financial rewards of ownership to our employees.”
As always, Western Land’s goal is to provide clients with best in-class quality services. We believe an ESOP puts us in the best position to continue that commitment to our valued clients. Data consistently shows that ESOP’s outperform their non-employee owned peers and that company growth accelerates. “We believe this even more closely aligns the goals of our clients with the work of our employees” Collins said. “Being mostly made up of employees was already something that helped set us apart from the traditional land services mold. Having our employees become partners in the end results of our work is another way that we believe will help set us apart from our competition. Combined with our already large stable of services, we expect the ESOP to enhance an even more positive work product to our clients.”
Both Wilson and Collins plan to continue on in their same capacity for the foreseeable future. In light of the challenges facing the industry today, an ESOP is an excellent way in which to assure the continuation of our best in-class services, retain valued employees, and enhance our company’s’ productivity and profitability. “I’m thrilled for our employees; adding this element to our culture where our employees contribute in significant ways every day, and the future couldn’t be brighter,” said Wilson.
Today, Western Land employs over 300 workers and operates from six offices strategically positioned across the country, Western Land maintains active projects in 16 states and has established experience in 36 states and counting. The company’s mission is to bring land, energy, and people together executing every project with enthusiasm, integrity, and expertise it deserves.
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