Breaking New Ground

LAVLE is a joint venture company that combines advanced energy storage technologies from the Japanese battery company 3DOM with the best-in-class marine engineering, design, and systems integration services of Ockerman Automation.

We provide products and services to the defense, renewable energy, and marine transportation markets.

Headquartered in the picturesque maritime center of Anacortes, Washington, LAVLE is committed to providing solutions that preserve our environment.

Our next generation energy storage is creating new possibilities with safe, reliable electrification solutions for use in applications that until now have been limited by the capacities of energy storage technology.

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LAVLE has assembled a leadership team of seasoned professionals, trusted in their industries, with strong track records of success.

Dr. Jason Nye

Chief Executive Officer and Director LAVLE

Dr. Jason Nye is an international relations, trade, and investment executive with more than two decades of commercial and government experience. His proven track record of success in the private sector includes originating or directly managing foreign investment, joint venture creation, and sales efforts totaling over $55 billion.

Dr. Nye is also a Founding Director of Steelhead Global Advisors, a Founding Director of China Beige Book International, and was a partner with Avascent International until 2015. From 2002-2008, Dr. Nye served as a Division Chief within the U.S. Department of State. In addition to advising highest-level State Department and White House officials on political-military issues, his portfolio included advice related to international trade, energy security, and U.S. export control enforcement—subjects for which Dr. Nye was recognized as one of the U.S. government’s leading experts.

A graduate of Montana State University, Dr. Nye received his PhD from the University of St. Andrews (UK) in 2000. A sixth-generation Washingtonian, he has held academic and teaching posts at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Mainz (Germany), speaks German and was enlisted as a reconnaissance infantryman in the United States Marine Corps.

Shusuke Oguro

Director LAVLE and 3DOM

Mr. Shusuke Oguro has been involved in the lithium battery business for 35 years. In 2006, he was appointed a Director of Matsushita Battery Industrial. In 2007, as the Director of Panasonic Energy’s lithium ion battery business division, he launched a factory that supplies battery cells to major electric vehicle manufacturers. He was appointed head of Panasonic Cycle Tech in 2011, and he assumed the position of the Representative Director and President of 3DOM in 2016.

John Ockerman

Chief Technology + Engineering Officer and Director LAVLE

In the 1980’s, John Ockerman began developing of a microprocessor-based digital data acquisition system with a unique graphical user interface. At that time, the company manufactured and produced several marine type-approved products distributed in the USA and abroad. From that beginning, Mr. Ockerman quickly emerged as a leader in the field of marine systems engineering & systems automation.

Mr. Ockerman has since been involved in many sophisticated and technically advanced vessels. He continuously improves the technical and application expertise required to design systems that embody the ideals of balanced levels of technology, human considerations, and application life cycle.

Dr. Kiyoshi Kanamura

Chief Technology Officer 3DOM

Dr. Kiyoshi Kanamura, Chief Technology Officer at 3DOM and Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University, has led the development of 3DOM’s advanced battery technologies.

Dr. Kanamura holds hundreds of patents and is currently director of TMU’s Research Center for Building Hydrogen Energy Society. He has been a Professor in Applied Chemistry at TMU since 2004. He serves as a Member of the Electrochemical Society and the Chemical Society of Japan; a Director of the Inorganic Material Society; an Editor of the Functional Materials Journal; a Director of Electric Science Society; an Associate Editor of Chemistry Letter and a Member of Electric Safety Promotion Committee. Dr. Kanamura is the Group Leader of the Interface-Controlled Battery Materials Group, Batteries and Fuel Cells Field, GREEN, and the National Institute for Materials Science.

Dr. Kanamura holds a BS and a PhD from Kyoto University (Dept. of Industrial Chemistry, Faculty of Industrial Engineering) and completed a Postgraduate Course at Tokyo Metropolitan University.