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Roger A. Soape - President

Roger A. Soape, CPL, is the president and majority shareholder of Roger A. Soape, Inc., the land services firm he founded in 1980.  Prior to founding the firm, Roger was a field landman associated with J. L. Schneider & Co. Roger is a past president of the Houston Association of Professional Landmen, which named him its Landman of the Year.  He is the newly elected first vice president of the American Association of Professional Landmen, which also named him its Landman of the Year, in 2009.  Roger is the past chairman and a current member of the NAPE advisory board.  He is also a member of the North Houston Association of Professional Landmen, the Texas Oil & Gas Association, and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.  He is a trustee of The West Endowment, which distributes charitable grants to public and medical research causes, a director of the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, and a member of the Texas Advisory Board of Canine Companions for Independence.  Roger attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in petroleum land management, and where he later completed the McCombs School of Businessí executive management program.  He and his wife, Donna, are members or John Wesley United Methodist Church.


RobinsonFrank Robinson - Vice President

C. Frank Robinson, CPL, is the vice president and shareholder of Roger A. Soape, Inc., where he has been employed since 1981.  Frank qualified as a Certified Professional Landman in 1989 and is an active member of the Houston Association of Professional Landmen, the North Houston Association of Professional Landmen and the American Association of Professional Landmen.  He was one of the original instructors of AAPLís beginner landman course.  Frank earned his degree in Agriculture Economics from Texas A&M University in 1981, following which he was employed as a lease analyst with Sanchez Ė OíBrien Oil & Gas in Laredo, Texas.  Frank maintains his certification with continuing education of more than ten hours per year with courses offered by the AAPL, including environmental site assessment courses, and the Advanced Oil and Gas Short Courses sponsored by the University of Houston Law Foundation.  Frank has served on the board of The Fay School and on the board of the Dadís Club as President and Vice President.  Frank is married to the former Debbie Davis and they are the parents of three daughters and a son.  He and his family are members of St. Martinís Episcopal Church.


Will Holstien - Senior Project Manager

Will Holstien, CPL, is the senior project manager of Roger A. Soape, Inc., where he has been employed since 2005. He earned his bachelorís degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin.  Following graduation, Will was a research assistant at the Austin oil & gas law firm of McElroy, Sullivan & Miller, LLP.  He is a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen and the Houston Association of Professional Landmen. Will actively volunteers with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and other Houston area organizations.


C. Andrew Cooper - Project Manager

C. Andrew Cooper, CPL, is the project manager of Roger A. Soape, Inc., where he has been employed since 2006. Andrew received his bachelorís degree in political science with a minor in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin, following which he was a legal assistant with Minton, Burton, Foster & Collins, an Austin law firm. Andrew is a member of the Houston Association of Professional Landmen, North Houston Association of Landmen and the American Association of Professional Landmen. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the NHAPL.



Loren Grabau - Accounting Manager

Loren Grabau is the Accounting Manager of Roger A. Soape, Inc. where he has been employed since 2009. Loren received his bachelorís degree from Texas A&M University earning a Bachelorís of Business Administration in Finance. Loren previously worked in internal audit for Protiviti before starting with Roger A. Soape, Inc. Loren works to process Accounts Payable, Account Receivables, and Vendor issues. He has significant previous experience with GIS, databases and spreadsheets. Loren is responsible for answering billing inquiries and other various office responsibilities.



Julie Grabau - GIS Manager

She manages workflow, trains and mentors the GIS Analysts in cartographic design, technique and maintaining the quality expected at Roger A. Soape, Inc. She worked for many years in business accounting AP/AR was later educated at Texas A&M University, earning a B.S. in Geography, with a Minor in Geoinfomatics. Julie joined Roger A. Soape, Inc. in 2004. She is responsible for creating the customized client database and map spatial database for each client project, creating standard and custom reports and queries. Julie is experienced in using GIS software being sure to adhere to quality cartographic principles & design. She creates and produces maps to meet customer requests and changing requirements. Size and scope of projects range from small prospects of a few acres to projects of over 100,000 acres. Emphasis is always on creating the most efficient transfer of information from field personal to visualization of information on a map to best meet the specifications of our clients


Leslie Arbour - Assistant Accounting Manager

Leslie Arbour is the assisting account manager at Roger A. Soape, Inc. and has been with the company since 2007. While working for RAS, Inc., she has completed her Bachelor's in Business Administration through Sam Houston State University. She is responsible for much of our billing entry and collection of all landman invoicing. Outside of the office, Leslie enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her dogs.

 


Caryn Rugg - Administrative Assistant

Caryn Ruggís cheerful voice is what you will hear when you call the office. Caryn joined Roger A. Soape, Inc. in 2012. She earned her Bachelorís degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Houston. In her free time she enjoys volunteering at a local animal shelter, fishing and shopping.

 


Katie LaRue - Lease Analyst

Katie LaRue joined Roger A. Soape, Inc. in 2012 after returning to Houston from Austin with her husband.  Katie attended Converse College in South Carolina where she earned undergraduate degrees in business and music, before heading to Baylor University to earn a Masters’ degree in flute performance.  Her business and real estate background allowed her to launch into a career in right of way as an acquisition/relocation agent and eminent domain project oversight manager for United States Right of Way, Inc.  Katie transitioned into an in-house land position for a private oil and gas company in 2011.  She has served on many boards in her community including the Houston Symphony Young Professionals Backstage and as president of the Austin Flute Society. 


Joe Manak - GIS Analyst

Joe Manak is a GIS Analyst at Roger A. Soape, Inc., where he has been employed since 2011. He is currently responsible for map creation and database management. Joe earned his Bachelor's degree in English from Texas State University and is currently pursing certification and a  Master's in GIS through Penn State University. He is also a registered member of the AAPL from his previous work as an independent petroleum landman. In his free time, Joe enjoys watching his Texans every Sunday during football season.


 

 

 

 

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