2024 AAPL Annual Meeting

Boston | June 19-21, 2024

Experience world-class education, tailored networking offerings, unmatched entertainment and time-honored AAPL traditions with hundreds of North American energy professionals at the 70th edition of AAPL's professional development and land conference. 

  Registration Type

  Member  $925
  Nonmember $1,125
  Spouse/Guest* $350
  Student* $300

*No additional discounts allowed.

Group registration discounts are available! Enjoy 20% off full registrations when registering 5 or more people (excludes guest and student registrations). No additional discounts allowed. 

Sell-out Alert: Because of high registration numbers, the AAPL Celebrates event on Thursday night is now at full capacity. Other Annual Meeting events are approaching capacity. Register today to be placed on a waitlist for AAPL Celebrates and to guarantee access to all other Annual Meeting events. No individual event tickets will be offered.

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Location/Hotel Information

Hilton Boston Park Plaza
50 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

The group rate reservation cutoff date ended on May 27.

If you are unable to secure a room in our block, consider staying at one of these nearby hotels:
The Moxy: www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/bosox-moxy-boston-downtown
DoubleTree by Hilton: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/boscodt-doubletree-boston-downtown
Revere: www.reverehotel.com
The Newbury: www.thenewburyboston.com

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Keynote Speakers
Trudy Cathy White

Trudy Cathy White

Chick-fil-A Ambassador, Author & Entrepreneur

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Trudy Cathy White is the youngest child and only daughter of Chick-fil-A founder Truett and Jeannette Cathy. At just 19 years old, she opened Birmingham, Alabama’s second Chick-fil-A restaurant, making her one of the youngest Operators in Chick-fil-A’s history. She and her husband, John, served in international missions for 20 years with the International Mission Board. Upon completing their work with the IMB, she served for 13 years as the director of WinShape Camps for Girls, while together the Whites co-founded Lifeshape and Impact 360 Institute. Today, she serves as a Chick-fil-A Ambassador and has become nationally known as an influential leader and speaker. She is the author of several books, including her most recent release, A Legacy that Lasts, focused on living today the legacy you hope to leave future generations. She and her husband John are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of 17 grandchildren. In all she does, White is led by her commitment to be used by God to invest in relationships, influence culture, and inspire godly character in the next generation.

Sarah Sandberg

Sarah Sandberg

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives | Tallgrass Energy

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Sarah Sandberg is the vice president of strategic initiatives for Tallgrass Energy, a midstream company leading decarbonization innovation within the energy industry. Previously, she was the head of sustainability and external affairs for PDC Energy through its acquisition by Chevron. Before PDC, she was the vice president of sustainability & energy transition for DCP Midstream, a Fortune 500 energy company that was acquired by Phillips 66. Prior to her sustainability focused efforts, Sarah led DCP’s investor relations, non-op joint ventures, external and internal communications, crisis communications, public affairs and media relations, stakeholder relations, brand management, and community outreach and investment. She previously served as the chief operating officer for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, the marketing director and a founding executive management team member of GoAuto Insurance, and managed communications and outreach within the Louisiana Governor’s Office, including assisting with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response efforts and several hurricanes.

Trisha Curtis

Trisha Curtis

President and CEO | PetroNerds, LLC

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Trisha Curtis is the president and CEO of PetroNerds, LLC. She founded the company and began running it out of Denver in 2016. She was formerly the director of research, upstream and midstream, at the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. in Washington, D.C. Since 2010, she has led extensive research efforts and major consulting projects and authored several reports on the North American upstream and midstream markets for government agencies, global think tanks and corporations. She was also the manager for strategy and analytics at Anschutz Exploration in Denver from 2019 to 2020. At PetroNerds, Curtis leads research, advising and consulting services. She is a macroeconomist with an expertise in U.S. shale markets, geopolitics and China. She is globally recognized for her knowledge of U.S. shale and has been asked to speak and present at several academic, industry and investor forums including OPEC in Vienna, SPE in Bahrain, IEF in Saudi Arabia, Stanford University, Chatham House, Oxford University, Denver University and Colorado School of Mines. She is also the host of the PetroNerds Podcast. She provides clients with in-depth analysis of the U.S. and world economy, geopolitics, global oil and gas markets and the U.S. shale industry. She synthesizes this into relevant, actionable and forecastable information integral to her clients and their respective businesses and needs. She spearheaded EPRINC’s projects with Department of Energy for the Quadrennial Energy Review, evaluating future North American crude oil production volumes and midstream transportation options through 2030. She worked extensively with U.S. and Canadian railroads in their efforts to begin moving Bakken crude, by rail, to the East Coast. Curtis also authored multiple reports on U.S. shale and completions in U.S. shale with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Her work for Department of Defense has focused extensively on China, energy and U.S. Shale. She is a board member at the Denver Earth Resources Library, a research associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, a recognized independent center of Oxford University, a distinguished fellow at the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. and a fellow at Colorado School of Mine’s Payne Institute. Curtis completed her undergraduate work at Regis University in Denver, where she double majored in economics and politics, minored in criminology and graduated summa cum laude. She has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics in international political economy and wrote her dissertation on Chinese national oil companies. As an undergraduate, she also worked as a staff assistant in UK Parliament for John Grogan, Selby Constituency. Raised in northwest Colorado and southwest Wyoming, she grew up around pumpjacks and has worked on oil and gas sites in Colorado and Wyoming with her father.

Schedule of Events

*Schedule and education topics are subject to change.

Wednesday, June 19

8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


3-4:30 p.m.

Local Association Workshop

5-7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Cheers Bar — Hampshire House

Thursday, June 20

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.


7:30-8:50 a.m. 

Horizon Breakfast
Sarah Sandberg | Vice President, Strategic Initiatives | Tallgrass Energy

9-10:20 a.m. 

Opening Session & Membership Business Meeting

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Keynote Address
Trudy Cathy White | Chick-Fil-A Ambassador, Author & Entrepreneur

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

12:40-1:40 p.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions
The US Energy Transition: Key Opportunities and Risks | Chris Seiple
The Future of the Anadarko Washout | Brad Gibbs

1:50-2:50 p.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions
Upstream M&A: Why Now? Strategic Implications of Industry Consolidation and What’s Next | Tim Carlson
Mine! Co-locating Energy Assets | Jenae Allert and Melissa Martin

3-4 p.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions
Driving Organizational Success Through Culture Evolution | Anna Guichard
Technology, Free & Simple: An AI Primer | Jerris Johnson

4:10-5 p.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions
Asset Allocation and Investment Strategy for 2024, 2025 and Beyond | David Darst
ChatGPT: Ethical Issues for Land Professionals | Curt Horne

5:30 p.m.

AAPL Celebrates
Cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, AAPL Honors and entertainment by The Bluebird Cafe Singer/Songwriters
The State Room

Friday, June 21

7-8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast & Future of US Energy
Prashant Mehrotra & Jamie Webster

7 a.m. – 2 p.m.


8-9 a.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions
The Technologies of Transition | Tom Seng
Multitract Development: The Development of Differing Legal and Regulatory Regimes in Texas and New Mexico | Ben Holliday

9:10-10:10 a.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions
Carbon Capture and Storage — The State of the States | Gerry Walrath and KC McAdam
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Is Good Title Marketable? | Greg Nibert

10:20-11:20 a.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions
Boston Dynamics Robotics Demonstration
Extraction of Lithium From Brine — Exploration Rights and Other Legal Issues | Keith Hall

11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon
Aligning US Energy Production With Geopolitical Realities
Trisha Curtis | President and CEO, PetroNerds, LLC

1-2 p.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions
ChatGPT: Ethical Issues for Land Professionals | Curt Horne
Shift Happens | Wade Brawley

2-3 p.m.

Concurrent Education Sessions
Estate Planning & Taxes | Javier Tafoya
Drilling Into Case Law: What Landmen Need to Know | Philip Jordan and Charlie Sartain

Continuing Education Credits

Attendees can earn 15.25 AAPL CEUs through concurrent education sessions as well as inspiring keynote presentations.

Continuing legal education credits have been approved or are pending from the following states:

  • Arkansas — pending
  • Colorado — 13 general, 1.2 ethics
  • Louisiana — 9 general, 1 ethics
  • Ohio — 10 general
  • Oklahoma — 12 general, 1 ethics
  • Pennsylvania — 9 general, 1 ethics
  • Texas — 9 general, 1 ethics
  • Utah — 10 general, 1 ethics
  • West Virginia — 13.20 general, 1.20 ethics
Special Events
Local Association Workshop
Event Title Local Association Workshop
Date/Time Wednesday, June 19 3-4:30 p.m.
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The Local Association Workshop kicks off Annual Meeting on the afternoon of June 19. The workshop event connects local association leaders from across North America in hopes to build stronger organizations for all. Also new for this year, participants can earn 1 CEU and enjoy a selection of beer and wine as they connect and share with other associations! Please RSVP your local association by emailing Andrea to confirm. 

Young Professionals & First-Timers Mixer
Event Title Young Professionals & First-Timers Mixer
Date/Time June 19 4:15 p.m.
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Young professionals and/or Annual Meeting first-timers, cheers with AAPL leadership and other newcomers before the Welcome Reception officially begins. Meet in the hotel lobby at 3:45 p.m. or at the Cheers Bar at 4:15 p.m. for a special time dedicated to help you take full advantage of all Annual Meeting offerings and get more plugged in to the AAPL community. Registered spouse/guests are welcome.

Welcome Reception
Event Title Welcome Reception
Date/Time June 19 5:30-7:30 p.m.
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As the official opening to AAPL’s 70th conference and one of the most popular networking events for landmen, this reception is a great place to connect with other attendees and make plans for your time in Boston. This year's reception will take place at the iconic Cheers Bar, where attendees can reconnect at the bar where everybody knows your name!

Horizon Breakfast
Event Title Horizon Breakfast
Date/Time June 20 7:30-8:50 a.m.
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This special event was created to celebrate and honor a trailblazing female land leader in the industry who has distinguished herself in her career, in the profession and has supported AAPL and its mission. 

About the Award: The Blankenship Family Horizon Award is the product of a fund set up decades ago by former AAPL President Wayne Blankenship (1975) to honor his wife, Mary Blankenship, upon her passing. Originally, this fund supported the AAPL women’s auxiliaries for many years until they ceased to exist in the early '90s. To continue the Blankenship legacy of generosity, the AAPL Educational Foundation established the Blankenship Family Horizon Award in 2019 to honor female industry leaders and to be presented each year at AAPL’s Annual Meeting.

AAPL Celebrates
Event Title AAPL Celebrates
Date/Time June 20 5:30 p.m.
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AAPL Celebrates is now at full capacity. Register today to be placed on a waitlist for this exciting new event.

Cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, AAPL Honors and entertainment by The Bluebird Cafe Singer/Songwriters.

Join us for a fun-filled Thursday evening with dinner at the State Room overlooking Boston while AAPL honors its members for achievements over the last year and three award-winning songwriters from Nashville-based The Bluebird Cafe will serve as entertainment! These musicians will perform and share the stories behind some of the chart-topping songs they’ve written for legendary artists. The up-close-and-personal experience of how songwriters create their music will cap off an unforgettable night of drinks, dining, honors and stunning views of the Boston harbor from the iconic State Room.

Kelly Archer co-wrote Tim McGraw’s #1 single “7500 OBO” and title track of McGraw’s Grammy-nominated album “Two Lanes of Freedom.” She also penned Mickey Guyton’s debut single “Better Than You Left Me” and has written for Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lonestar, Jamie Lynn Spears and more.

Jenn Schott wrote chart-topping songs like Brett Young's "Sleep Without You," Justin Moore's "Somebody Else Will" and Travis Denning's "After a Few.” She has also written for Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire, Cody Johnson, Corey Kent and more.

Adam Hambrick has written for Justin Moore, Walker Hayes, Dan + Shay, Miranda Lambert, The Eli Young Band and more. He has performed on Grand Ole Opry and ABC’s The Bachelorette. His new album "Free Country" is available now.

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