Our expertise and relationships come from more than a decade of private equity and investment banking experience serving the energy industry. The partners at Donovan Ventures are directly involved in every transaction. Our niche focus and industry expertise ensure our clients receive executive-level attention and proven results.

Ultimately, we represent you, Management, and we seek to maximize your net worth through the use of our services.

Our Team

John Donovan, Jr.
John Donovan was born and raised in Houston, Texas and attended college in Austin at the University of Texas. After graduating from UT in 2000 with degrees in Finance and Accounting, Mr. Donovan joined the Houston Energy Investment Banking division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette which was acquired shortly thereafter by Credit Suisse.

During his tenure at Credit Suisse, Mr. Donovan participated in nearly $9 billion in transactions across 14 distinct deals in a variety of arenas including, (i) public equity, debt and hybrid security underwritings and (ii) financial advisory assignments such as mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and structured financings. After a few years at Credit Suisse, Mr. Donovan joined Quantum Energy Partners where he would shift his focus away from large-cap, public companies and more towards private, start-up E&P companies.

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Will Page
Managing Director - Advisory Services
Mr. Page is a Managing Director and brings over 19 years of investment banking experience including over 135 engagements (>45 Public Offerings, 30 Private Placements, >30 M&A Advisory, >15 Fairness Opinions and other Financial Advisory) primarily for oilfield service, midstream and upstream energy companies.

Prior to joining Donovan Ventures, Mr. Page was previously with Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, Stephens Inc., Citigroup Global Markets and Sanders Morris Harris.

Mr. Page holds a B.B.A in Finance with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Texas.

Jason Holton
Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining Donovan Ventures, Mr. Holton served as the Founder and CEO of Omega Sands LLC (a portfolio company of Energy Founders Fund, LP) from 2017 through 2019. Omega Sands is developing a greenfield frac sand mine located in the STACK play in Oklahoma.

Prior to Omega Sands, Mr. Holton spent 12 years as an investment banker and held various roles in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division, including running coverage of the U.S. refining, marketing and logistics sectors (2014 - 2017), helping rebuild the Asia-Pacific energy team in Hong Kong (2011 - 2014), executing various capital markets and M&A transactions across the energy sector from the Houston based natural resources group (2017 - 2011) and working as a member of the New York based financial sponsors group, where he worked on leveraged buy-out and sell-side transactions for private equity firms.

Mr. Holton started his investment banking career at JPMorgan in 2005, where he also focused on financing and M&A transactions for private equity firms.

Throughout his investment banking career, Mr. Holton has executed over 50 capital markets and M&A transactions in the U.S. and Asia.

Prior to investment banking, Mr. Holton held positions in treasury and FP&A for companies in the retail and technology sectors.

Mr. Holton holds a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Robert E. Smith III
Vice President
Robert E. Smith III is the Vice President, responsible for financial modeling, generating investor reports and aiding in the investment diligence process. Mr. Smith has participated in over $500 million of debt/equity private placement transactions since joining Donovan Ventures. Prior to joining, Mr. Smith attended Louisiana State University and received a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering in 2014. While at LSU, he played on its Varsity football team and won a SEC Championship in his Sophomore year.

Mr. Smith currently serves on the boards of Regiment, Omega Sands and Huntington Oil & Gas.

Marcus Minton
Operations Partner
Mr. Minton started his career as an operations engineer at Lewis Energy Group, where he was the sole engineer for the company’s coiled tubing department. He oversaw continuous operations for the two coiled tubing units and 35 operators/technicians. Later he transitioned to the fracturing department as an engineer, where he oversaw daily operations for one of the company’s fracturing spreads. During his time at Lewis, he oversaw the completion of over 200 wells. After two years with Lewis, Mr. Minton joined Donovan Ventures as a Summer Associate. During his time with Donovan Ventures, Mr. Minton led several oilfield service assignments further enhancing his transition into the financial side of the business, including co-founding Regiment, LLC, a pressure pumping company that serves both the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin, in November of 2017. Mr. Minton holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University, and an MBA from Texas State University. Mr. Minton currently serves on the boards of Regiment, LLC and Huntington Oil and Gas.