Raymond Schmaus , Founder and President 

“The Marcellus Shale Expert”

Raymond Schmaus is considered the preeminent Marcellus Shale Expert.  He has completed more than 1,000 title abstracts in his 30 year career.  As his business grew he took on more and more responsibility with his business partners.   Raymond Schmaus has overseen the land service end of due diligence projects totaling $500 million dollars in net worth.

Mr. Schmaus has been able to utilize his expertise and experience to expand his business into speaking engagements, trainings, and consulting.  Here is a list of selected achievements.

  1. Spoke at Consol Energy Center regarding title issues in the Marcellus Shale
  2. Keynote Speaker at the Marcellus Shale Redux
  3. Host, Presenter, and Organizer of ongoing CLE seminars (meets four times yearly)
  4. Led a United States Energy Association briefing regarding title issues in the Marcellus and Utica.  This briefing was attended from representatives across the country included regulators working with the Department of Energy.
  5. Designed the Energy Industry Training Series with Tom Schmaus and YPE. This 12 part 2 year series is cutting edge and gives attendees a comprehensive overview of the entire shale play.

This is the first training series that Young Professionals in Energy has ever put together.

  1. Professor of Title Abstracting 1 and Title Abstracting 2 with California University of Pennsylvania beginning August 2013
  2. Author of Titling the Marcellus due August 2013

Raymond Schmaus has the experience your company needs, he can help deliver quality land services, oversee due diligence projects, educate your workforce, and consult your business.

Recent Press

Spoke at marcellus shale seminar 
Key note speaker and moderator for marcellus shale redux
Interviewed with rigzone.com December 2012
Interviewed on all energy now
Led briefing with united states energy association March 5th 2013
Interviewed on gas matters March 22nd 2013

Future speaker and host of Energy industry training series beginning June 5th
Speaker Marcellus shale leasing and land owners April 26th


Thomas Schmaus, Vice President

In his junior year at the University of Pittsburgh, Tom Schmaus created a music promotion company called Pittsburgh Pulse. In the two years he worked with Pittsburgh Pulse Mr. Schmaus was able to learn a great deal about marketing, business, and promoting.

His first job out of college was working as a Hardline Executive Team Lead for Target Corporation. Here is a selected example of his accomplishments.

  1. Increased sales by 1 million dollars year over year.
  2. Managed a 37 million dollar a hard-lines department
  3. Managed a team of 80 full time and part time employees
  4. Increased hardline operational score from bottom 5 in group (out of 74 stores) to top five in group.
  5. Achieved number one yearly ranking in accessory attachment in district (out of 12) and top seven ranking in group

After working at Target for close to two years, Tom Schmaus decided to join Armstrong Search Associates and work along-side his father.

Since he became Vice President of Armstrong Search Associates, ASA has seen its business grow by leaps and bounds.  He has increased firm partnerships by 100% over an 18 month period. Mr. Schmaus has reduced operational expenses by 148%. Most importantly by collaborating with the president of Armstrong Search Associates he has been able to diversify the business model, open up new business units, improve cash flow, and establish a bright future.

Tom Schmaus believes the Marcellus Shale is a game changer on a global scale and loves working in the energy industry.

Recent Press: 

Interviewed on all energy now
Spoke at energy industry training series march 5th 2013
Co creator of energy industry training series june 5th

Thomas Shanner ESQ

Title Abstractor/ Title Reviewer 2002-Present

Pennsylvania Counties Covered:

Armstrong, Indiana, Butler, Lawrence, Green, Clarion, Somerset, Washington, Beaver, Mercer, Lawrence, Venango, Lawrence, Crawford, Tioga, Allegheny,  Westmoreland, Clearfield, Elk

Ohio Counties Covered:

Guernsey County, Stark County,

West Virginia Counties Covered:

Wetzel, Marshall

Experienced in:

  • Research various courthouse computer systems, tax assessments records to compile reports pertaining to chain of title for specific property.
  • Examine leases, right of ways, judgments/liens, plat books, maps, contracts, and agreements to verify legal description, ownership and any restrictions.
  • Lease Analysis
  • Worked on various HBP lease projects.
  • Worked on large scale Buyer’s and Seller’s Due Diligence Projects
  • Worked on Multiple Curative title programs

Major Accomplishments:

  • Worked on over 1,000 titles over a twenty year period
  • Issued over 200 Title opinions
  • Been an abstracting crew chief on over 8 projects for 5 different

land service companies/ law firms

  • Title reviewer on 3 different due diligence projects.

Day Rate:

Title Opinion Rate: Flexible

Lives in Allegheny County

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