Patrick Lewis - BBL Ventures Managing Partner

Patrick Lewis

Managing partner

Patrick is an experienced investor with over twenty years investing in energy/technology credit, private, and public equities.

He is the co-founder of VLAB, a technology incubator, and was previously Chief Strategist at ETR&D (Enterprise Technology Research & Development).

He serves as a mentor / advisor to the Station Houston, Founder Institute and Capital Factory accelerators and is the President and Chair of the Technology Investment Committee of the Houston Angel Network (HAN).

Jonathan Dison - BBL Ventures Managing Partner

Jonathan Dison

Managing Partner

Jonathan is an expert in getting technology implemented, adopted, and scaled in the energy industry.

He is the founder of OilCM, a change management firm known for helping energy clients accelerate adoption of large-scale projects - totaling more than $750M in budget, $6B in value creation and 1M users impacted, and whose clients include Halliburton, Waste Management, Cameron, Exelon, China National Petroleum Co., Spectra Energy, Bunge, Globe Energy Services and ECOM Trading.

In 2015, he was recognized by the Houston Business Journal's '40 Under 40' and 'Who's Who in Energy'. His firm was also part of the Fast 100 (the fastest growing companies in Houston) for four years in a row.

Jim Lawnin

Jim Lawnin

Managing Partner

Jim Lawnin is a leader in helping companies digitally transform their business operations through emerging technologies. He has a career in building and leading global consulting practices in the oil and gas, utilities, manufacturing, and life science industries.

Today, he is an active angel investor where he served as a board member of Houston Angel Network (HAN) and co-led their energy sub group. He has mentored startups at Station Houston, Rice University, Stanford University and Surge Accelerator.  He was IBM Lead Account Partner for ExxonMobil where he implemented emerging solutions in blockchain and advanced analytics. 

Prior to IBM, Jim was recruited by Wipro’s President to start their oil and gas practice and lead their energy growth initiatives.  He was responsible for penetrating new markets, developing innovative solutions, and creating sub verticals within the energy industry. The practice tripled in the five years he was there to a $1 billion IT business. 

Prior to Wipro, Jim was Senior Vice President at Science Application and International Company (SAIC) where he started and led their global oil and gas consulting practice of 1300 industry consultants. His team led digital oilfield programs at Shell, BP and other supermajors. 

Prior to SAIC, Jim held senior executive positions at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen where he provided strategic consulting to both domestic and international oil and gas companies. Jim has 12 years’ experience as a petroleum engineer working for a major and a startup oil and gas company he created and successfully sold.

Jim has a BS in Petroleum Engineering, MBA and Accounting degrees. He has held the following designations – Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and Licensed Professional Engineer (PE).     

Marat Zaripov - BBL Ventures Partner

Marat Zaripov

Entrepreneur in residence

Marat is a proven technology leader and developer at the field level, with more than 10 years of software development experience within the energy industry.

He is the serial entrepreneur and founder of AI Driller and DataJudo. He has previously worked at Schlumberger, where he has received several VP Excellence Awards and held a variety of roles including Early Stage Investments, Marketing and New Technology, Product Management, and more recently Operations Management for North America Land. He also served as Energy Sub-Group coordinator for Houston Angel Network and Energy champion for Houston Technology Center.

He is an active member of Houston Startup community and he is passionate about helping entrepreneurs working on new technologies for the energy industry.



Dr. Seth Dobrin

Dr. Seth Dobrin


Dr. Dobrin is responsible for the transformation of the Analytics Business operations using data and analytics, influencing IBM Analytics offerings to meet the needs of CDO’s and providing his perspective and experiences to clients.

Prior to joining IBM, he was a leader in the data science transformation of a Fortune 500 company as well as their Agile transformation and their shift to the cloud.

Additionally, he led efforts to leverage the data science transformation to drive new business models to create new revenue streams as wells as the optimization of existing processes. 

He has been a member of IBM’s Spark Technology Center advisory board, is a founding member of the International Society of Chief Data Officers and has been a prolific panelist at the East and West Chief Data Officer Summits. Dr. Dobrin received his PhD in Genetics from Arizona State University.

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Nick Mikhailovsky

Technology Partner

Nick is the co-founder and CEO of NTR Lab, a software development consultancy that helps technology companies around the world scale their software development.

Nick has also co-founded Sinergo, the maker of the leading ERP for open pit mining industry, as well as several other startups. He is also an angel investor into early-stage companies.

His technical background is in the areas of artificial intelligence, straight-through processing, information system architecture, and information retrieval systems.

Nick holds an MS in Math.

Craig Hodges - BBLV Advisor

Craig Hodges


Craig is a proven executive leader in marketing, sales and management over a 30+ year career with ever increasing responsibilities for solutions, services, technology and partner focused sales. He possesses highly developed leadership skills, including profit and loss responsibility for teams across diverse client sets. Broad general management experience, including international assignments in Asia in oil and gas segment and global marketing and solution sales job scope.

Craig exceled in a long career at Microsoft in a number or roles including General Manager Gulf Coast District, General Manager, Northeast District and General Manager Manufacturing.  He also worked as a Director of Solutions and Sales to the Energy and Process Industries.

Prior to Microsoft, Craig held numerous executive level positions at IBM focused on the Global Chemical / Petroleum, Industrial sectors including a three year assignment in the APAC region.