MEET OUR EXPERIENCED INVESTMENT TEAM

GEC’s investment professionals are long-term investors and operators with complementary skills specially suited to energy innovation investing.

JONATHAN FAIRBANKS

Founder and Managing Partner

Jonathan B. Fairbanks is the Founder & Managing Partner of GEC. He is currently a Director of Flowco Production Solutions, Estis CompressionStage Completions, and Locus Bio-Energy Solutions.​

In the decade before starting GEC in 2008, Jonathan was a Founder and Director of the following public companies: Seajacks International, Scorpion Offshore, Floatel International, Chiles Offshore, and Hercules Offshore, as well as Founder and/or a Director of four other successful private energy service companies, including Forum Energy Technologies (now an NYSE listed company).​

Jonathan chairs the board of IDEA Public Schools of Houston and is a member of YPO Gold and CEO. He received a B.A. degree in political science from Denison University and read European history at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University.​

ALEXANDER CHMELEV

Partner

Alexander Chmelev is a Partner of GEC. His responsibilities include originating, evaluating, structuring and executing potential investments and supporting the growth of GEC portfolio companies. He is currently a Director of Flowco Production Solutions, Estis Compression, Stage Completions and Oilfield Labs of America.

Alexander has over 12 years of energy and industrial services experience. He previously worked for Quintana Energy Partners where he focused on energy private equity investments in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas markets. He also worked at Simmons & Company International Investment Banking advising energy executives in mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Alexander began his career as an engineer at Baker Hughes.

Alexander graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer engineering and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

KIMBERLY L. BELL

Partner

Kimberly L. Bell is a Partner of GEC. Her responsibilities include originating and evaluating new opportunities and supporting the growth of GEC portfolio companies. She is currently a Director of Oilfield Labs of America.

Kimberly has over 20 years of technical energy investing experience. She was previously a founder of Vendera Resources. As President of Vendera, Kimberly served on the investment committee and built and led the technical team. Vendera was an institutionally-backed series of oil and gas funds that partnered with operators to acquire and improve producing properties. Prior to Vendera, Kimberly held corporate development and A&D positions with Hunt Petroleum Corporation and Five States Energy in Dallas. She began her career as a production engineer with Union Pacific Resources.

Kimberly graduated from the Colorado School of Mines (BS, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining), and has an MBA from Southern Methodist University. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, and is certified by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. She is a member or board member of several industry organizations, and is an Executive Tier member of Women in Energy. 

PATRICK YIP

Managing Director

Patrick T. Yip is a Managing Director of GEC. His primary responsibilities include sourcing acquisition opportunities, evaluating new investments and supporting the growth of GEC portfolio companies. He is currently a Director of Flowco Production Solutions

Patrick has over 15 years of energy and industrial services experience. Prior to joining GEC, Patrick was a key member of Halliburton’s Corporate Development group where he initiated and executed international oilfield services transactions. He previously served as an executive director at Cerberus’ SGI Frontier Capital. He also served on the board of ADG Scaffolding Engineering in Beijing. He began his career as an equity research analyst in New York and Beijing.

A native Houstonian, Patrick is also fluent in Chinese and experienced in cross-border capital formation and M&A in emerging markets, including China / Hong Kong. He graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Economics and earned his MBA from New York University (Stern).

LANA DIAL

Chief Compliance Officer & Fund Administrator

Lana Dial is the Chief Compliance Officer and Fund Administrator for GEC. She leads GEC’s compliance program, as well as financial and investor reporting.

Lana is a native Houstonian with a Bachelor of Science degree.

SYKES YEATES

Associate

Sykes Yeates is an Associate at GEC. His responsibilities include evaluating and executing new investments and growing our companies. He is currently a Director of Estis Compression.

Sykes has over four years of energy and industrial services experience. Prior to joining GEC, Sykes was an analyst in the energy investment banking group of Wells Fargo Securities, where he worked on mergers & acquisitions, strategic advisory, and capital markets transactions.

Sykes graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Finance and Business Honors.