Energy Capital Vietnam Gains Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Status from United States Government

David Lewis

Houston, TX, November 8, 2023 – Energy Capital Vietnam (ECV), a project development and holding company established as a platform for direct investment into energy and infrastructure within Vietnam, is pleased to confirm that it has been admitted to the United States Small Business Administration’s Veteran Small Business Certification Program (VetCert). Attaining Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) status makes ECV eligible to compete for sole-source and set-aside contracts. At least 3% of all federal contracting dollars each year are set aside expressly for certified SDVOSBs. ECV can also compete for contracts under other qualifying socio-economic programs.

Chairman and CEO of Energy Capital Vietnam, David Lewis, is a service-disabled U.S. Marine veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom I and II. Mr. Lewis’ military experience was recounted on the floor of the United States Senate by then-Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) on June 21, 2006. From the floor of the United States Senate Chamber, the Senator said the following about David Lewis:

Mr. President, I want to start my remarks in opposition to this resolution by sharing the story of Marine First Lieutenant David Lewis from Spring, TX. Following participation in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, he was commissioned on August 10, 2001. He wanted to serve his country, and he found very quickly after he graduated that he would have that opportunity. Lieutenant Lewis has served two terms in Iraq, two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II.

During his second tour, on August 5, 2004, Lieutenant Lewis was badly wounded in Najaf, while leading his platoon of 35 Marines into conflict against a group of insurgents. A rocket-propelled grenade grazed off his helmet and exploded, leaving him blinded and severely wounded. He survived the blast, and following numerous surgeries after returning home, he has regained partial vision in one eye. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V for his service.

But he still wanted to serve his country. He was frustrated by the negative image of the war portrayed by the media. So, Lieutenant Lewis came to Washington and applied for a job on my staff. And I am very pleased to report that he is sitting with me on the floor today, a valuable member of my staff.

Lieutenant Lewis, like so many of his brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces, has sacrificed for our country.

Upon receiving SDVOSB status, Mr. Lewis said: “It is the greatest honor of my life to have put on a U.S. Marine uniform and fight for my country. I’m grateful to the U.S. government’s ongoing commitment to my service-disabled veteran brothers and sisters.”


About ECV:

Energy Capital Vietnam (ECV) is a Houston, Texas-based project development and holding company established as a platform for direct investment into Vietnam’s energy and infrastructure sectors. Learn more at:


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