Craig Weaver, President and founding member, began his career in the right of way industry in 1991 when he was hired by a nationally known right of way consulting company as a right of way agent. During his time as an agent, he represented MAPCO, Diamond Shamrock and Seminole Pipeline, developing and refining his natural skill in negotiation.
Craig left the right of way industry in 1994 and spent the next 13 years viewing right of way from the perspective of pipeline construction companies, acting as Vice President of Business Development for Associated Pipeline Contractors, after 4 years Craig then accepted a position with the Ozzie’s group of companies, a world leader in pipeline padding techniques and horizontal directional drilling, where he held several titles, including, V.P. of Business Development, Sr. Vice President and President, after the company was sold to an investment group, Craig and 3 others purchased the assets of the directional drilling division and formed Southeast Directional Drilling, Craig’s experience, leadership and business savvy resulted in the companies experiencing significant growth, with revenues increasing nearly 10-fold. During his tenure, Craig fostered and developed relationships with key pipeline companies, which he maintains to this day.
Craig’s experiences from the perspective of an acquisition agent and from that of pipeline construction provide him a unique understanding of the right of way process from start to finish and a solid foundation for his current responsibilities. Craig is charged with establishing, developing and maintaining relationships with pipeline and utility entities, striving to meet their needs and exceed their expectations. Craig is known for his straightforward approach to business and is widely respected for his personal and professional integrity.
Craig is a member of the International Right of Way Association and the Houston Pipeliner’s Association, Chapter 28, Phoenix, Arizona.
Mark Pickering, Vice President and founding member, is an experienced right of way agent and a seasoned professional with an exemplary employment history in sales, marketing and project management.
Mark spent more than 20 years with Emerson Process Management, the world leader in industrial automation and provider of measurement and analytical devices to the pipeline industry. Mark’s insight into the technical operations of the pipeline industry combined with his experience on the ground as a right of way agent afford him the ability to see past the surface and take into account actual systems operations. Mark’s responsibilities include the day-to-day operation of G&P as well as meeting with clients and addressing their specific right of way needs.
Mark graduated from Texas A&M in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution. He is an active member in the International Right of Way Association.
Mark Murray, Vice President, is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark began his career in the electric utility industry with Plains Electric Cooperative Association. For the next 30 years he managed transmission, engineering and land departments for power suppliers to rural electric cooperatives in New Mexico, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado. When Plains Electric merged with Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, Mark managed Tri-State’s Land Department from their Denver headquarters.
Throughout his career, he successfully negotiated easements for power lines, generation facilities and telecommunication projects across private, tribal and public lands in seven western states. Most recently, he was the Federal Land Manager for Los Angeles-based Southern California Edison. From 2011-2013, Mark was the Department of the Interior Salazar’s appointee to the BLM’s Desert Advisory Council.
Mark has 30 years of tenured experience in management, executive leadership and organizational skills and has a proven record of success in business functions including Indian rights of way negotiations, personnel communications, business practices, strategic planning, quality management and community relations. Collaboration with the Indian Tribes and Bureau of Indian Affairs requires knowledge and proven experience that Mark gained both in the industry and as owner of a small consultancy.
Mark holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering fro New Mexico State University, a Master of Arts in Computer Information Systems from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe. He is a registered land surveyor in the State of New Mexico, a member of the International Right of Way Association and is deeply involved in the Western Utility group, serving as its chairman from 2006 to 2012.
Troy Bergeron, Vice President-Projects, joined G&P Land in January, 2011.
Troy began his career in 1995 and has provided land services to numerous clients from the Pipeline, Oil and Gas Exploration, Telecommunications and Public Sectors. Troy comes to us from one of North America’s premier natural gas infrastructure companies where he was a Right of Way Project Manager for their Engineering and Construction Group with management responsibility for the South Region and Storage Team. Troy’s career began in Louisiana where he successfully accomplished projects for numerous E & P companies as an Abstractor and Landman. He has also done title and leasing in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. He has performed contract work across the nation on interstate and intrastate pipelines-FERC regulated and State regulated; Transmission pipelines; Midstream pipelines; Gathering systems; Fiber Optic systems; Wireless Towers and Water and Sewer Lines. Troy’s project management abilities from project inception to final cleanup make him especially qualified to handle any client’s specific needs.
Troy served our nation proudly receiving an honorable discharge as a non-commissioned officer of the United States Air Force. During his tenure at Southeastern Louisiana University he worked towards his Business Management Degree. He is an active member of Chapter 8 of the International Right of Way Association and a former member of the Baton Rouge Association of Petroleum Landmen.
Mike’s career in right of way began in 2000, after serving as an Air Traffic Controller for seventeen years, first with the U.S. Army and subsequently with the Federal Aviation Administration at Dallas Love Field. He was also the sole owner and operator of a successful private business enterprise.
Mike has worked for various clients, serving initially as Encroachment Manager for the largest intrastate pipeline company in Texas. He was then promoted and, working closely with management, project consultants and field personnel, was tasked with organizing and maintaining multiple projects relating to encroachment, right of way issues and construction coordination. His integrity, professional work ethic, talent for organization and communication eventually paved the way for him to serve as Right of Way Supervisor and Project Manager for other clients on various pipeline projects in the Gulf Coast areas of Louisiana and Texas.
Mike is especially talented in project management including route selection, all non-environmental permitting, budget forecasting, oversight of all right of way activities, the accurate preparation and submittal of reports and project oversight as related to construction and landowner relations. Mike’s insistence that open lines of communication with clients, agencies, entities and right of way personnel (numbering as many as 35) are critical to the success of any project is the foundation of his successful business relationships.
Mike received his formal education at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a member of the International Right of Way Association and the Houston Pipeliner’s. Not widely known is the fact that Mike’s true love is the sea. He spent 4 years sailing throughout the Caribbean and now spends his free time sailing the Texas Gulf Coast.
Leslie Allyn Cole
Leslie Allyn Cole, Accounting & Human Resources Manager, is responsible for invoicing, banking and serves as the payroll and benefits administrator at G&P.
Leslie began her career as the Accounts Payable Manager at the Marriott’s Plaza Hotel in San Antonio and helped start Imperial Meat Purveyors as the Chief Financial Officer. Always a lover of politics, Leslie then went to work as the Budget Director of Communication for a presidential campaign. She was responsible for creating, implementing and managing a multi-million dollar budget for the Press Department. She went to Washington D.C. with the Administration to become the Deputy Comptroller of the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC). There she created and managed a $14 million budget for several events and functioned as liaison between PIC and the Secret Service.
Leslie returned to San Antonio to run a local campaign and work with community leaders on organizing some of the City’s most important events: the launch of the nationally acclaimed Children’s Courts, the re-opening of the Smithsonian’s Museo Alameda and the annual conference for the influential Texas Lyceum.
Leslie received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a current member of the International Right of Way Association.
Melissa Watkins, Staffing Coordinator & Personnel Manager, began her career in the right of way industry in 1997, working as IT Administrator and designing the company website. Her natural ability to interact and communicate with others resulted in a transfer to personnel and staffing.
Melissa is a highly focused professional who has repeatedly shown great versatility in maintaining effective communication with clients, working effectively with field personnel, administering contracts, tracking project costs and assuring the smooth flow of general project activities. Her ability to establish and maintain relationships and successfully communicate with people from diverse backgrounds is a valuable asset.
Melissa’s responsibilities include identifying and recruiting field personnel, the preparation of proposals, bids, estimates and other corporate communications, the on-site establishment of remote project field offices, including locating and leasing appropriate space and ensuring that they are properly furnished and equipped.
Melissa also serves as the primary corporate office liaison with both clients and project supervisory personnel. Working in continuous contact with the principals in charge of client accounts and projects, Melissa is the lynchpin of field operations as well as the first point of contact for personnel working in the field.
Melissa received Bachelor degrees from the University of New Mexico and Central Washington University. She is a member of the International Right of Way Association.
Jason Hill, Right of Way Project Manager/Client Coordinator, joined G&P Land in April, 2011. With more than 15 years in various facets of the industry, Jason has emerged as a proven leader in successfully managing both interstate and intrastate pipeline projects.
Jason brings with him a wealth of knowledge and hands on experience including staffing, budgets, scheduling, title, civil and environmental survey permission, route selection, document preparation, public meetings, negotiations, acquisition, permitting, damage settlement, tract valuations, appraisals, litigation, mediation and construction activities. He has also worked and negotiated successfully with the Bureau of Land Management and the Navajo and Ute Indian Nations in New Mexico and Colorado.
Jason’s highly successful career began in pipeline operations where he spent more than 5 years managing a major US oil company’s South Texas mainline transmission, gathering systems, storage facilities and trucking operations. His areas of responsibility included pipeline system integrity, system measurement, safety training, environmental compliance and system improvements. Jason’s operations experience, together with over 12 years in the field managing major right of way projects, makes him uniquely qualified to address client’s needs.
Jason is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Public Relations. He is a member of the International Right of Way Association, Chapter 39, and holds a Florida Real Estate license.