Paula M. Rauchfuss

Director of Land Administration
Paula M. Rauchfuss

Biography

Paula Rauchfuss has more than 35 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry specifically in land, land administration, and energy software. She has extensive experience in all functions of land work, administration of records, contractual performance and processing, as well as supervisory experience in leading a large and highly effective team of lease and division order analysts including mentoring, cross training, and college recruiting.

Representative Experience

  • Extensive land administration experience responsible for all contract, surface, right-of-way, unit, lease, well, and ownership information requiring accurate and timely maintenance
  • Significant experience with federal, fee simple, state and tribal lands in addition to surface and mineral ownership as well as knowledge in a variety of oil and gas basins
  • Managed mineral, leasehold and surface payment and performance obligations for leases, deeds, rights of way, and contracts in addition to all division order efforts for new well setups, revenue distribution, payouts, suspense tracking, division order processing, ownership transfers, and escheat
  • Responsible for SOX compliance relative to company interest and distribution of revenue. Wrote key control narratives for division order and leasehold compliance and certifications of internal compliance on behalf of the company quarterly and annually
  • Extensive experience in acquisitions and divestitures for surface, wells and leasehold involving due diligence, land brokers, defect notices, transition services agreements and adjusting manpower to appropriately support asset. Further experience in administering such activities within the appropriate records
  • Excellent experience with project management to include project budgets, gate reviews and check ins, execution of project results, and manpower planning
  • Implemented and managed multiple software applications including QGIS mapping solution, Quorum Land Suite, Quorum Document Solutions (digital file room), Quorum eCalendar, Ad hoc queries and monthly audit reports to include configuration and business decisions, regression and user-acceptance testing, change management, training, documentation, and go-live activities
  • Responsible for physical or digital files and file room management ensuring security relative to sensitive owner information

Education

  • B.S. Regis University

Memberships

  • Denver Association of Professional Landmen
  • American Association of Professional Landmen
  • Denver Association of Lease and Title Analysts
  • National Association of Land and Title Analysts
  • Denver Association of Division Order Analysts
  • National Association of Division Order Analysts
  • Women’s Energy Network – Colorado Chapter
  • Oklahoma City Association of Petroleum Lease and Title Analysts
  • Association of Lease and Title Analysts – Houston
  • Michael Late Benedum Chapter of AAPL

Speaking Engagements

  • “Make Your Land Administration Department the G.O.A.T.” – Quorum Qnections23 User Conference 2023
  • “Importance of Land Admin and Relationships Between Land and Lease-DO Analysts” – DAPL September Luncheon 2023
  • “Outsourcing Roundtable” – 15th Annual OCAPLTA Symposium 2022
  • “Land Admin – When Capital Funds Consolidate” – NALTA Annual Conference 2022
  • “More than Data Entry- Current Expectations of Lease Analysts” – NALTA Annual Conference 2021
  • “Navigating Small Land Administration Teams” – NALTA Annual Conference 2021

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