Fall 2013 Distinguished Leaders Series Kicks Off with Discussion on Being a Landman and Land Management
Aurora Oil & Gas began its operations in Texas in 2006, expecting to find its next venture in the state’s booming energy sector, but it also found its first CEO.
Aurora Oil & Gas CEO Douglas E. Brooks spoke on “Land Management & Being a Landman” at the first Distinguished Leaders Series event of the fall semester at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Held in Cemo Hall on Oct. 15, the series is presented by AGL Resources and their Houston-based companies and highlights topical energy issues in business.
“The University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business is Houston’s business connection,” said Bauer College Dean Latha Ramchand. “If there is an industry in Houston, we want to understand what that industry needs. We’re fortunate to be here in the energy capital of the world.”
Brooks is CEO of Aurora Oil & Gas, an Australian based company. He got his start as a “landman,” a position that gave him experience in the area of land management in the energy industry.
“Land professionals are the business aspect of our business,” Brooks said. “Often times land professionals, as a natural extension of their commercial mind, will go into the marketing side of it and some will gravitate toward the broader side of it and become a CEO.”
What sets energy apart from other industries in the United States is its integrated business efforts, Brooks said.
Brooks finished off his talk with advice on the importance of staying involved to become a leader in the energy industry.
“If you’re going to choose a very narrow view of what it is you’re going to do in the industry you select, you’re going to have a rewarding career,” Brooks said. “But if you really want to broaden, pay attention to the others you work with, play to the things that interest you and you’ll gravitate toward success.”
By Ann Lynd