Joseph M. Holt, President

Joseph M. Holt, President of Land Services, Inc. oversees the company-wide direction, growth and financial health of LSI.  He directs business development and marketing strategies for the Oil and Gas and Right-of-Way Divisions as well as developing initiatives to engage in new growth markets.

Joe founded LSI in 1994 and through his leadership and experience, has led the company to year-over-year growth and profitability. He has been instrumental in attracting Michigan’s largest Oil and Gas clients to LSI.  Additionally, Joe led the successful expansion of LSI acquiring a diverse client base in other states in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions.

In 1983 Joe assisted in the startup of PetroStar Energy, an oil and gas exploration company.  As Manager of Investor Relations his responsibilities included overseeing two joint ventures in Colorado and Texas, which included multiple drilling programs.  He also coordinated multi-state large land exchanges and leasing programs.

Professional affiliations include the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, the American and Michigan Associations of Professional Landmen (AAPL, MAPL), the Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) and the International Right of Way Association (IRWA). He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Lake Superior State University and is a licensed Michigan Real Estate Broker.


Andrew D. Baranek, GIS Cartographer/Mapping

Andy, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University with a major in Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, and Remote Sensing. Additionally, he also has a second major in Meteorology and a minor in Mathematics.  Andrew has worked at Land Services, Inc. since June, 2011 as a GIS Cartographer and is responsible for making all client maps.  Prior to joining Land Services, Inc. Andy worked at Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences where he spent over six years as a Survey technician.


Susan C. Wiersema, Lease Records/Administrative

During her 11 years in the oil and gas industry, Sue has been responsible for all administrative functions involved in the processing and data collection for all acquired oil & gas leases, easements, title reports and related documents. She is further responsible for managing and maintaining the land software database and project acquisition reports for all documents acquired on behalf of our clients. Sue brings with her excellent organizational skills and a keen eye for detail.