IVS Investment Banking Staff

earl-head-square-photoEarl Heard, CEO & Founder E-mail

Heard is the CEO and Founder of BIC Alliance, which publishes BIC Magazine — North America’s largest multi-industry, multidepartmental energy and construction publication. He has 40-plus years’ combined experience in industry and marketing, having served as an industrial training manager and buyer for Ethyl Corp. in Baton Rouge, La., before founding BIC Alliance in 1984. Having spent the past 30 years helping grow industrial service companies through marketing and training consultation, mergers and acquisitions and executive recruiting, Heard has a wide range of contacts in petrochemical, refining, construction, environmental and other sectors.. 

THOMAS BRINSKO, President & COOThomas Brinsko, President & CEO E-mail

A former contracts attorney for Exxon and Key Petroleum, Brinsko joined BIC Alliance in 1999 and became president in 2002. Brinsko was involved in the founding of BIC Recruiting as well as its first placement. Brinsko received an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana - Lafayette) and a juris doctorate from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Brinsko serves on the board of directors of both the Association of Chemical Industry of Texas and the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region.  

john-zapalac_0John Zapalac, Managing Director E-mail

Zapalac joined IVS Investment Banking in January 2007 as Managing Director. He is responsible for originating, processing and ultimately closing investment banking assignments. Zapalac has been involved in the investment banking industry since 1994, primarily working on middle-market leveraged buyout transactions. Prior to joining IVS Investment Banking, he was a vice president at McFarland, Grossman & Co., an investment bank located in Houston. His past work experience also includes working as a portfolio manager for BHF Capital, overseeing a $750 million debt fund that invested in senior bank debt of leveraged buyouts and add-on acquisitions; Ryan, Beck & Co., analyzing commercial bank mergers; and an internship for Trivest Inc., a $250-plus million leveraged buyout fund, analyzing private equity leveraged buyout opportunities. Zapalac received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University and a degree in corporate finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and graduated from Citibank’s School of Banking. 

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