AAPL Annual Meeting 2013 – A Quick Recap


I had the opportunity to attend the AAPL Annual Meeting last week and I wanted to share some thoughts about it.  I won’t go into too much detail on the the particular events, education or festivities — but if you’d to see more about it then you can check it out at the AAPL Annual Meeting website page.

As some of you know, I don’t work as a full-time employee for an oil & gas company.  This means that I had to make the decision to pay for the cost of attending this function myself.  It was not inexpensive after accounting for the cost of tickets, travel, lodging, meals and the other ‘stuff’ you do with friends when you get there.  Before I decided to attend, I was discussing the monetary matters with a career landman.  He told me that he had paid his own way to go to the Annual Meeting for many years, and he considered it a cost that was well worth it.  His advice that day pushed me over the edge to go ahead and attend.

For those of you that have never been, Annual Meeting is not only about educational events.  There are social events every night, tours during down time, and a host of private dinners and parties between friends.  I found that while I knew about 10-15 people there (out of the ~1100), there were some times that I was lonely or had nobody to visit with.  This was partly because I wasn’t sent by  my company with other employees, and partly because I simply haven’t done enough yet to know enough people.  This was eye-opening for me, because I feel like I am a fairly social person and have met a fair number of people in our field.  I learned that I need to do more to meet a wider variety of professionals in our industry.  However, there is hope, I was advised by several people that they had similar experiences the first few years of attending.  Apparently it gets better over time as you meet more people and make more friends!

Will I be attending again?  I certainly hope so!  Next year the Annual Meeting will be held in Montreal, and if my schedule allows I am planning to attend.  For those of you who have been on the fence about the cost of attending and benefits, I’d like to invite to you jump off the fence.  That will make at least one more person I’ll know next year!

I was amazed at the amount of work that went into planning the event, and it only made me appreciate the work done by the AAPL staff, officers and directors more.  I’ve included a ‘slideshow’ below of some pictures from various events:

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Randy Young

Randy Young

Randy is a land consultant with experience in field and in-house land work, land administration, and software consulting with systems used in the land management business. He is an active member of the AAPL, HAPL, and NHAPL and is a regular attendee of industry functions. Randy's latest projects have included land data systems integrations, with a focus on Quorum Land System.

  • I second that thought! I attended last year’s event and was absolutely amazed at the professionalism, energy, etc. that goes into AAPL Annual Conventions. They spare no expense and you absolutely don’t want or need for anything during the actual days of the convention. I never pulled my purse out of the safe during the convention as I was wined, dined, hosted, educated and entertained the entire time. I booked my reservations to attend this year’s meeting immediately after getting back to Louisiana but couldn’t attend since I have been basically without work since November 2012, but if I should be fortunate enough to land a project, I will be making reservations to attend the 2014 meeting.
    I second the comment that if you are “on the fence about attending an AAPL meeting”, definitely jump over… it will be worth the time and money.

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