Founder / Consultant
Brent Leftwich, Founder of Contract Land Staff (CLS), led the company in its growth and advancement in the Right of Way industry from 1985 until moving into the role of Founder/Consultant in July, 2017. Brent’s land and Right of Way experience includes almost 40 years of service to the oil and gas, real estate, pipeline, utility, transportation and telecommunication industries. Over the years, he transformed his one-man operation into one of North America’s largest Right of Way and Land Management companies.
With B.A. degree concentrations in Urban Planning and Public Administration from Southwest Texas State University, Brent began his career in the public sector holding various positions at the City of Lockhart, Texas, including serving as Interim City Manager at the age of 22. From there Brent ventured into the real estate industry, which ultimately led him into the oil and gas Right of Way service industry.
With vision and leadership, Brent propelled the growth of CLS, acquiring a reputation of bringing innovation, technology, and new ideas into the Right of Way industry such as the development of CLS’s Virtual Right of Way Department® (VROW), development of a full service GIS group and the opening of numerous Regional Offices across North America. Also, beginning in 1995, under Brent’s guidance and direction, the Right of Way project management database PowerTrak, and the state-of-the-art CLSLiNK database along with the CLS GISViewer® were developed and deployed to numerous clients in the U.S. and Canada.
Brent served for many years as an IRWA Certified Instructor for the IRWA Pipeline Course 215, as well as being a frequent Instructor for the CLS Professional Development Institute (PDI) on virtually any aspect of Right of Way. Honors include being named the IRWA Chapter 8 Right of Way Professional of the Year in 1999 and CLS being named as the IRWA Large Employer of the Year in 1999 and 2009. Additionally, Brent was named as a Finalist in the Ernst & Young Professional of the Year – Energy & Energy Services for the Gulf Coast Area 2014, 2015 and 2016. Under the leadership of Mr. Leftwich, CLS was named 7th in the Large Company category in the Houston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Houston Great Area 2016.
Brent is a sought after presenter at national conferences in the energy and land management industries. He has served as Chair of the IRWA International Environmental Committee and currently serves as the Secretary for the IRWA International Pipeline Committee. He is a long time member and Past President of the IRWA’s Gulf States Chapter 8.