20 Under 40 – Joshua Furrh

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Tomahawk Land Resources
Education: Western State Colorado University of Texas

Joshua Furrh is always looking to expand his horizons.

Furrh began his career in the oil and gas industry in 2007 as a landman with Four Sevens Energy and eventually was tasked with building the land department of Birchman Land Services in 2013. Birchman merged with Tomahawk Land Resources in 2017, and he currently works in marketing and business development for Tomahawk.

“That light bulb started to flicker when I realized how much I enjoyed working with other people, learning about the oil and gas industry and sharing the knowledge I gained with others,” Furrh said.

He’s become involved with the Touchdown Club of Dallas, benefiting the Ashford Rise School of Dallas.

He hopes to continue to travel with his family and explore new opportunities in the oil and gas industry in the future.

Q: What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?

A: Starting in high school, I worked with Mountain Hideout and in college with Whole Earth Provisions and then Orvis. This led me to a professional career in the outdoors, working in the fields of snow skiing, hiking, hunting, and fly-fishing.

Working in the outdoor industry gave me many rewarding life lessons from survival to simply just having fun. I used these lessons, which led me on an expedition in 2002 through the Outward Bound Hurricane Island School, completing 30 days of hiking from Southern Germany to Northern Italy and then sailing for 31 days from Northern Germany to Southern Portugal — at the same time, earning college credit through Western State Colorado University. Later, taking these life lessons and starting my career and the oil and gas industry.

Q: What, to date, has been your most impressive or rewarding accomplishment in both your professional and personal life?

A: Professionally, the relationships I have gained throughout my industry and community.

Personally, the marriage to my wife, Whitney, and the birth of our son and daughter.

Q: Which leadership skills were the most challenging for you to develop and why?

A: Leadership doesn’t happen overnight, and no matter how much experience you have, you can always benefit from challenges. Challenges such as management of all walks of life. Learning how to work with and manage others while maintaining a positive focus and creating an environment to remove complacency from the equation has been part of the biggest development of my career.

Q: What do you love most about your community?

A: One of my favorite characteristics about our community are the generations kept within the area. Growing up with friends and their families has been a great aspect in my life.

Q: What is your favorite local store?

A: Tailwaters Fly Fishing

Q: Where is the best place in the Park Cities or Preston Hollow for a power lunch – what do you order?

A: R+D Kitchen, the salmon

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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