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. Upon graduating in 2000 with a degree in Finance and concentration in 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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Keri W. Herrin
Vice President of Investor Relations
Keri W. Herrin joined the Donovan Ventures team to lead investor relations, assist with advisory services and lend her expertise to deal execution.

Mrs. Herrin has an extensive background in energy finance, including investment banking, commercial banking and consulting services. She has participated in all phases of the oil and gas cycle and capital structure, including initial public offerings, equity and debt transactions, evaluating merger and acquisition candidates, budgeting, reporting and valuation.

From 2007 until joining Donovan Ventures, Mrs. Herrin served as an independent financial consultant to E&P, OFS and midstream companies, assisting them in the financial and analytical evaluation of their businesses.

Prior to consulting, she served as Vice President at Texas State Bank (predecessor acquired by BBVA Compass) where she originated their Energy Lending program and maintained a portfolio of energy, real estate and other industrial clients’ commercial banking.

Mrs. Herrin began her career as an investment banker and worked in the Houston Energy offices for Prudential Securities and Credit Suisse First Boston.  Mrs. Herrin received her BBA in the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin.
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.