About Us

The benefit to your Industrial Business

IVS Investment Banking delivers premium financial transaction services to assist industrial business owners primarily in the downstream sector. Our investment banking group has a wide array of skills and experience as a division of BIC Alliance. Since inception, the principals of IVS Investment Banking have completed 20 transactions of over $420 million in value.

JOHN ZAPALAC​

MANAGING DIRECTOR

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. 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.

Thomas Brinsko​

President & CEO

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.

JEREMY OSTERBERGER​

VICE PRESIDENT

Jeremy Osterberger is Vice President of BIC Alliance and its subsidiaries (BIC Magazine, BIC Recruiting and IVS Investment Banking). For more than 15 years, Osterberger has built relationships with several hundred strategic buyers and qualified private equity groups focused on acquiring industrial service companies within the refining & petrochemical, tanks and terminals, pipeline, construction and oil & gas sectors.  He is involved in several downstream and industrial association committees including: Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston, East Harris County Manufacturers Association, Texas Chemical Council & Association of Chemical Industry of Texas, Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, and Petrochemworks.com Workforce Development. Osterberger graduated from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

Earl Heard

CEO & Founder

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.

Overview of BIC Alliance

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General Questions

Our low-risk engagement proposition ensures that you don’t leave large amounts of money on the table.
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Let our professional investment advisors help you prepare your business for sale when the time comes.
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Learn how we can maximize your return on investment with our proven investment banking practices.
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Make the right decision selling your business with the help of our expert financial consult.
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Complete M&A transactions responsibly and learn what it takes to execute this process effectively.
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