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Terill WilliamsTerrill Williams is the founder and owner of Petroleum Education Workshops LLC, a leading educational and training center for the oil and gas industry. He is a well known speaker, instructor, and educator in the oil and gas industry having a career that has spanned over 35 years where he has worked, in the trenches, both in land and land administration. His unique instruction, resource materials, and training style reach hundreds of land professionals each year.  Terrill is also the primary instructor at the University of Houston-Downtown for their Petroleum Land Management Certificate Program.

Terrill has authored several books and articles including: Probate, Descent and Distribution, Calculating your Division of Interest, and Becoming a Guardian of your Company 's Assets - Mastering the Oil & Gas Lease. He is currently working on a series of oil and gas related books and articles with other landmen, land administration professionals and oil and gas attorneys.


Photo of Alan Morgan C.P.L.Alan H. Morgan, CPL was born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in Dallas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in December 1975 and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Petroleum Land Management in December 1977. Alan began his career as a Landman with Texaco Inc. and subsequently worked as a Landman and in management positions for Border Exploration Company, Mesa Petroleum Co., International Oil & Gas Corporation, Access Exploration Corp. and Remora Oil Company. Alan served as an adjunct professor in the Petroleum Land Management Program at the University of Houston-Downtown. He served in numerous positions in the Houston Association of Professional Landmen, including President, 1990-1991 and was recognized as the 1988 HAPL Outstanding Landman. Alan also served the American Association of Professional Landmen as Second Vice President, Director and Chairman of the Publications, Education and Ad Hoc Computer Committees. Alan was recognized with the 1989 AAPL Education Award and 1994 Special Award.

As Chairman of the AAPL Independent Contractor Committee, Alan was responsible for legislation to amend the Unemployment Compensation Act in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, North Dakota and Montana to recognize the independent contractor status of Independent Landmen. His committee was also responsible for commissioning a survey of the membership by KMPG Peat Marwich to recognize the industry practice of treating Independent Landmen as independent contractors. As Assistant Chairman of the AAPL Education Committee, Alan developed a presentation Internet Resources for Land Professionals. Internet tools that Alan identifies revolutionize the manner in which Land Professionals traditionally perform their functions He was recognized as the 2001 AAPL Landman of the Year for his efforts. Alan is a Distinguished Member of Who 's Who in the South and Southwest, Who 's Who in America and Strathmore 's Who 's Who. He is a Texas Real Estate Broker, Little League Basketball and Baseball Coach and an avid racquetball and poker player.

Sara Perry imageSara Jansen Perry has been on faculty at Baylor University in the Hankamer School of Business since 2014. Previously, she was on faculty at the University of Houston-Downtown in the College of Business (2009 – 2014). She held the endowed professorship chair in PLM for the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Perry received her Ph.D. from the University of Houston in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and before that, worked as a sales engineer in the information technology industry. She teaches negotiation courses for undergraduates and continuing education programs, in both online and face-to-face formats. She has also taught other management courses at the undergraduate level, including Principles of Management, Management Skill-Building, and Staffing. She is active in research, focusing on the role of stress in the work and non-work domains. She has received several honors for her research; she was selected as the 2009 recipient of the Human Resources Research Organization Meredith P. Crawford award for high-potential research and teaching and she was nominated for a UHD faculty scholarly activity/creativity award in 2012. Her research has appeared in over nine peer-reviewed journals and she recently coauthored a book on innovation management entitled “Organized Innovation: A Blueprint for Renewing America’s Prosperity”(Oxford, 2014). Dr. Perry has also consulted with a number of public and private organizations on personnel management processes.


Kurt Stanberry imageKurt Stanberry is a Professor of Legal Studies in the College of Business at the University of Houston Downtown, and the 2011/12 recipient of the PLM Endowed Professorship. He is also a licensed attorney. He received his BA from Yale University, an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Temple University, and a JD from the University of Houston College of Law.
Kurt teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in business law, contracts, employment law, negotiations, ethics and related topics. He also conducts continuing education seminars in topics such as negotiations, leadership, diversity, and ethics for CPA 's, CFP 's, attorneys, and business executives, through organizations such as the AICPA, FEI, and TSCPA at the state and national levels. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, two textbooks, various practice manuals, and cases.

Prior to joining the faculty at UHD, Kurt was a professor in the California State University System, and was also a visiting professor in international programs in London, Bonn, Tokyo, and Seoul. He has been teaching and practicing law for over 30 years.

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