Hello everyone. This is my first post on this forum, so I'll take the opportunity to introduce myself to you all. I am a Special Assets Analyst at a large bank in the Chicago area. My role has me acting as liaison to our Oil and Gas Agent who formally manages our Oil and Gas interests that we hold in Trust Accounts. I came into the role with no Mineral Interest education whatsoever, so everything I know, I've learned from our account files, from my boss and from our Agent. We have full confidence in our Agent's ability to provide excellent guidance in handling our interests, but we would like to gain a higher level of understanding of Oil and Gas principles in order to properly represent our clients fiduciary interests, while fully understanding our Agent's recommendations.
So I'm out here on the web looking for any formal education I can find, short of a degree in Geology or a Public Landman certification. Would any of you know of any resources for Mineral interest education that I can follow? If you know of any formal courses offered (at a general level), any conferences (preferably in the Midwest), or anything else of the sort, I would be greatly appreciative.
This is a very interesting market, and its real property aspect makes it interesting not only in regards to potential earnings, but in a historical perspective. Thanks again for any assistance. It's nice to be a part of this online community.