Ella McDonald


Growing up on a farm outside of Mill Creek, Oklahoma, Ella McDonald learned quickly there were no gender-specific jobs. And as she became interested in oil and gas, she knew that she had the drive and ability to succeed. Her secretarial skills were superior, and her attention to detail was uncanny.

With a quick mind, people-savvy and a strong work ethic, Ella set out to prove oil and gas wasn’t just for the boys.  Convinced she would be an excellent landman Ella was not deterred when one gentleman, whom she tried to convince to hire her, told her ‘she could be a landman when pigs could fly’.  Ella was more determined than ever to succeed and found that her pig could fly!

In early 1980, Ella and a partner formed Petro Title Management. She went on to start McDonald Land Services in 1982, which has since grown to multiple offices across the country, employing more than 150 contractors. Ella still loves all phases of the business: She cut her teeth checking records, buying leases and curing title before moving into due diligence, project management, right-of-way acquisition and 2D and 3D seismic permitting.

Although McDonald Land Services has evolved into much more than a one-woman show, Ella continues to believe in one-on-one relationships with clients. No matter what service we’re providing, our goal is to make you feel like you’re our only client.

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