Chicago Cubs Add Pitcher Cole Hamels in Push for Playoffs


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Cole Hamels

Throughout his 27-year career in commercial real estate, Mark Allen Hanrahan has closed more than $10 billion in office, industrial, retail, and multifamily transactions while serving in director roles with Principal Real Estate Investors and Markmel Co. A passionate sports fan, Mark Allen Hanrahan counts the Chicago Cubs as his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

Looking to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, the Cubs acquire talented, left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels from the Texas Rangers on July 27 in exchange for right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler and minor league pitching prospect Rollie Lacy. The Cubs were previously involved in discussions to acquire the Toronto Blue Jays’ left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ, but he was instead dealt to the New York Yankees.

A 34-year-old native of San Diego, California, Hamels is a four-time All-Star and 2008 World Series MVP. He spent the first nine-and-a-half years of his 13-year career with the Phillies before joining the Rangers in 2015. While he boasted a mediocre 4.72 earned run average (ERA) through 20 starts with the Rangers, he has been dominant in two starts with the Cubs, as he boasts a 1.00 ERA and has allowed only 11 hits through 18 innings.

The Chicago Bears Sign First-Round Draft Pick Roquan Smith


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Roquan Smith

The recipient of an MBA from Drake University, Mark Allen Hanrahan is a commercial real estate and venture capital executive who has served as managing partner of Markmel Co., LLC, since 2009. Aside from his professional pursuits, Mark Allen Hanrahan is a passionate fan of the National Football League’s (NFL) Chicago Bears.

Linebacker Roquan Smith, selected eighth overall by the Bears in the 2018 NFL Draft, put to rest any doubt that he might miss his rookie season on August 14, as he ended his contract holdout and signed a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $18 million with the potential for $11 million in bonuses. Smith was the last 2018 first-round pick to sign a contract with his respective team. According to ESPN, one of the reasons for the delay involved terms in the contract that would have allowed the Bears to reclaim guaranteed money if Smith was punished under the league’s new helmet-contact rule.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker played the past three seasons for the University of Georgia and accumulated 252 tackles, 6.5 quarterback sacks, and three forced fumbles through 38 games. He was also named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.

Volunteer to Support Des Moines Homeless Shelter


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Central Iowa Shelter & Services

A certified public accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Mark Allen Hanrahan serves as a managing partner of Markmel Co LLC, a real estate and venture capital firm in Urbandale, Iowa. Alongside his career, Mark Allen Hanrahan supports the work of nonprofit organizations such as Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS).

From its headquarters in Des Moines, CISS serves individuals who are homeless by providing them with food, shelter, and additional services to help them transition from life on the street to autonomy. The shelter also relies on the efforts of donations to help change the lives of thousands of people each year.

Volunteers with CISS can help staff the front desk, assist with the food pantry and clothing closet, or serve meals to the shelter’s guests. Those with special skills can inquire about contributing their expertise to enhance the shelter’s services.

For more information about CISS, to become a volunteer, or to make a donation, visit The site also includes a list of items the shelter currently needs.