From the AAPL Director Richard Hines

by: Martha Mills at 12/8/2017 6:54:34 PM | Viewed 508 times.



The AAPL December Quarterly Board of Director meeting held was this past weekend in beautiful San Antonio Texas at the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel on the Riverwalk near the Alamo. With Holiday decorations and Christmas Lights everywhere it was hard not getting in the Christmas Holiday mood.


The AAPL Disaster Relief Fund application deadline date was December 1, 2017, with over $100,000 in matching donations made by members, companies and local associations.  The fund is AAPL’s way of giving back to the members. The majority of the applicants were from East Texas and the Texas Coast. Final numbers on applicants, disbursements and total donations will be available in January.


AAPL’s Mentoring Program for Landmen, has been named Advisory Landman Connection. This program will begin initial rollout in January using AAPL technological platforms Higher Logic, LandNews as well as Skype to help both Mentors and Mentee’s communicate. It will allow Mentors to assist their Mentee’s with non-legal advice and encouragement as well as helping answer land questions of every kind. All are encouraged to participate.


This year is the 25th Anniversary of NAPE (Feb 5-9), so expect big things from AAPL and NAPE Expo with a show ending Ford Truck giveaway. The NAPE Summit Business Conference has a great line up of speakers along with Tom Brokaw speaking at the NAPE Charities Luncheon. Also, The AAPL Annual Meeting and Conference is scheduled for June 20-23 in Denver, CO.  The conference speakers and sessions have been finalized so go to the website to see the topics and sessions available this year. This will be a great time to be in Colorado, so please make plans to attend.


Currently AAPL has 15,077 paid members, with approximately 23% being CPL’s.


Proctors are still needed for Test and re-take Test in all areas including Lafayette, LA, CPL certification is required. Please contact Joanne Stoy at AAPL if you are interested in participating.


Contract Center  the new subscription based  contract and form collaboration application is available to both members and non-members alike. New forms are being added such as a Participation Agreement, Purchase and Sale Agreement, Master Land Services Agreement as well as the JOA agreements for 2015, 1989 and 1982, along with various confidentiality agreements.


The Landman Scholarship Trust and The AAPL Educational Foundation two separate entities associated with AAPL have asked if LAPL and/or its members would consider donating annually to their corpus to keep both ongoing enterprises relevant with their missions of giving back to needed Students and landmen.


Several seminars and educational events are coming your way in 2018, be on the lookout for a Field Landman Seminar and Independent Contractor Workshop coming in the first half of 2018.


Thanks again for your support and confidence, I am here to help you should the need arise.


Richard Hines

AAPL Director



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