Bryan J. Hanks, CPL
President & Owner
Bryan Hanks’ extensive knowledge and background in the industry is exceeded only by his passion for providing the best land services in the industry – on every job, for every client, every day.
Bryan was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), now the University of Louisiana – Lafayette (ULL) in 1981. He is a Certified Professional Landman who has over 34 years of experience in all phases of landwork including title research, lease acquisition, due diligence, seismic acquisition, pipeline right-of-way project management – including route and site selection, landowner negotiations, contract preparation and ROW easement amendments and modifications. These tasks have taken place in over 38 states, as well as Alberta, Canada. He and his companies have been involved in assisting several companies as they became publicly traded, with at least four that have a current market value in excess of several billion dollars. His current company, BETA Land Services, has hundreds of landmen and is currently or has been involved in over 75 company acquisitions totaling over $25.6 billion dollars since 2010 with properties located in over 38 states. Since 2010, this work has encompassed more than 2,498,435 acres, as well as oil and gas lease purchases of more than 547,000 acres, and has involved more than 13,300 wells.
He is involved in several state and national professional organizations such as the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), International Right of Way Association (IRWA), Southern Gas Association (SGA), Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen (LAPL), Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL), West Houston Association of Professional Landmen (WHAPL), Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen (DAPL), Professional Landmen’s Association of New Orleans (PLANO), and was President and Landman of the Year of the Lafayette Association. Mr. Hanks has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) since 1997, has been Chairman of LOGA's Gulf Coast Prospect Exposition (GCPE) three of its 14 years of existence, and has served as Chairman of LOGA since 2012. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, as well as two terms on the Board of Directors at the Lafayette Petroleum Club. He is a current member and immediate past president of the Lourdes Hospital Foundation Board, a member of the Board of Trustees of the ULL Foundation, and a current member of the Executive Committee of the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation (RCAF).