Mr. Raspino’s experience spanned almost 40 years in the energy industry, most recently as President, CEO and Director of Pride International until the company merged with Ensco plc in a transaction valued at over $5 Billion.
In 2015, Mr. Raspino co-founded the VC investment firm — May River Investments, LLC. Since then, May River has funded numerous investments in early stage companies from the Pre-seed to Series A stages. Their investment strategy focuses on B2B technology-enabled services Businesses.
Mr. Raspino began his career spending 20 years in the international oil and gas exploration and production business with The Louisiana Land & Exploration Company, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Office of the Chairman. Following the merger of LL&E into Burlington Resources, Mr. Raspino served as VP Finance with Halliburton, a Fortune 100 company, and then Chief Financial Officer of Grant Prideco, the world’s largest manufacturer of premium drill pipe, drill bits and engineered connections. He began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young, serving clients in the Exploration and Production, Energy Services, Public Utilities, Real Estate and Banking industries.
Since leaving Pride International, Mr. Raspino has been an active board member, serving on such boards as the Dresser Rand Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Gulfmark Offshore, and on the board of directors of Forum Energy Technologies and The American Bureau of Shipping. He also is a board member of Houston’s World Affairs Council and of the Theater Under The Stars.