Our team represents one of the most experienced and proven group of investors in energy technologies and solutions. We have been directly involved as investors, entrepreneurs and advisors with hundreds of energy technology companies.



Managing Partner  |  Seattle  |  Connect on LinkedIn

Jeff has more than 25 years of experience as a management consultant focused on business strategy and financial analytics to support the creation of client shareholder value within the energy, utility, wireless and technology industries. He was the founding partner and served as the CEO of Veracity Innovation, a joint venture with the Gas Technology Institute commercializing natural gas-related technologies. Jeff holds an MBA with a Specialization in Finance with Honors from The University of Chicago, Booth GSB and a B.A. in Economics with Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Whitman College.



Managing Partner  |  Houston  |  Connect on LinkedIn

George is one of the longest-tenured venture capital investors in the Energy technology industry. He founded and led three corporate venture capital groups: ConocoPhillips Technology Ventures Investments, Energy Technology Ventures and Chevron Technology Ventures, the longest running corporate venture capital program in the Energy industry. George also served as the President and CEO of DeepFlex Inc., a VC-backed energy tech company. He previously worked in Exploration & Production leadership roles at Chevron. George holds an MBA from Tulane University, a M.S. in Geology from the University of Kansas and a B.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of New Orleans.



Managing Partner  |  San Francisco  |  Connect on LinkedIn

Kevin’s more than 20-year career has focused on investing and strategy development in the global energy industry. He led GE’s program investing in emerging technology companies in the Energy industry from 2005 through 2013 and led a joint $300 million fund with ConocoPhillips and NRG Energy.  Kevin’s prior career focused on the O&G sector, including key roles in about 15 private equity and debt investments, and 9 years as a strategy consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.  Kevin has an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


Paul Dickerson

Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director  |  Houston  |  Connect on Linkedin

Paul has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector and through serving as a partner of an international law firm, managing director of an investment bank, and operating partner of a private equity firm.  As a Presidential appointee, Paul also served as Chief Operating Officer for the United States Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Paul is a CPA who holds a JD from South Texas College of Law, a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas, and licenses with FINRA.



Managing Director  |  San Francisco  |  Connect on Linkedin

Ben has 13 years of experience in the energy technology ecosystem, as an entrepreneur, corporate manager and venture investor. He spent four years at Chevron Energy Solutions, Chevron’s renewable energy group, where he led the strategic alliances group and helped setup the renewable energy tax credit investing group. Ben was an associate at AECOM, the world’s largest integrated infrastructure company and a founder of Trophos Energy, a developer of microbial fuel cells. He earned a BS in Chemistry and an MBA from Stanford University and a Master's in Chemistry from Harvard University.


Managing Director  |  San Francisco  |  Connect on Linkedin

Ben has 15 years of industrial, natural resources and technology investment and advisory experience. At Energy Innovation Capital, he has led investments in software, engineered product, chemical, and advanced energy companies.  Prior to joining EIC, he worked at a middle market private equity fund. Ben previously worked at Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs, and Fidelity. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MS and BA from Stanford University.


Chad Gardner

Principal  |  Houston  |  Connect on Linkedin

Chad has 20 years of broad-ranging business and finance experience including stints in M&A at Honeywell, power plant project development at Coastal Power Company, and Treasurer of a $1.4B private home-builder.  He co-founded the corporate venture capital group at ConocoPhillips where he spent 5 years investing in energy tech start-ups before serving as VP of finance at venture-backed start-up Modumetal, Inc.  Chad earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S. in Construction Management from Brigham Young University.


Christopher Smith

Managing Director  |  San Francisco  |  Connect on Linkedin

Christopher leverages more than 20 years of experience in the global energy and industrial markets to invest and advise on technology development. He focuses on the application of digital technology for industry and is not afraid of hard science and hardware.  Before joining EIC, Christopher held executive and advisory roles at three San Francisco based technology startups.  Prior, Christopher was a Managing Director of DuPont’s strategy and operations management consulting firm, leading the global Energy & Operations practices.  He has held business and operational leadership roles in DuPont’s electronics and specialty chemicals businesses.  Christopher holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware’s top 10 ranked program.



Operating Partner  |  Houston  |  Connect on Linkedin

Vikki has 30 years of energy and technology strategic marketing experience. She drives growth through understanding market needs, commercializing differentiated value propositions, and delivering stakeholder engagement and communications plans that build brand and enhance reputation. She has consulted with startups and large firms, was the CMO for GE Oil and Gas – Drilling and Surface, and was Global Marketing Director for Shell Global Solutions. Vikki completed the Executive Leadership Program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and holds a B.S. in Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, and a guest lecturer at select university MBA programs. 



Operating Partner  |  Houston  |  Connect on LinkedIn

John is a former Venture Executive from Chevron Technology Ventures. He was responsible for identifying and executing venture capital investments in companies that have technology beneficial to Chevron, and assisting in the introduction and deployment of the technology. John has over 35 years of O&G industry experience. He is currently a Rice Alliance Advisory Board member, and is active in HTC Energy events. John has a BS in Earth Sciences from the University of Minnesota Duluth, a MS in Geophysics from Purdue University (Phi Kappa Phi) and an MBA from St. Mary’s College.

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