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 37 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 100 company acquisitions totaling over $30.4 billion dollars since 2010 with properties located in over 38 states. Since 2010, this work has encompassed more than 3,121,690 acres, as well as oil and gas lease purchases of more than 602,564 acres, and has involved more than 19,827 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 most recently has served as Chairman of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA) since 2012 until 2018, as well as continuing to serve on LOGA's Executive Committee since 1997. Additionally, Mr. Hanks has been Chairman of LOGA's Gulf Coast Prospect Exposition (GCPE) three of its 14 years of existence. He is a Trustee on the University of Louisiana of Lafayette (ULL) Foundation Board, as well as on that organization's Executive Committee. Additionally, Mr. Hanks is a current member of the Executive Committee of the Ragin Cajun Athletic Foundation (RCAF). Mr. Hanks is on the Board of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), being appointed current Chairman of LABI's Energy Council. 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. Mr. Hanks currently serves as Secretary and is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.