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.

Des Moines Triathlon Club Works with Iowa Games Triathlon

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Iowa Games Triathlon

A graduate of Drake University’s MBA program, Mark Allen Hanrahan serves as managing director of Markmel Co. LLC based out of Urbandale, Iowa. An active individual, Mark Allen Hanrahan participates in triathlons and sits on the board of the Des Moines Triathlon Club.

Formed in 2002, the Des Moines Triathlon Club seeks to increase awareness about the sport, offer financial support to those in financial need to participate, and help athletes achieve their goals. The organization began when Jason Halfpap and Andrew Shipley sought a network for other triathletes in the area. Through their efforts, the organization helped establish the Hy-Vee World Cup Triathlon, which is now known as the Des Moines Escape Triathlon.

In addition to its name, the Des Moines Triathlon Club has participants in the Iowa Games Triathlon. The 2017 race occurred on July 9 at Big Creek State Park in Polk City. The open course event had participants sharing the road with traffic, so during the cycling portion, participants could not wear headphones or use iPods and must have donned helmets. The race featured a swim distance of 1/4 mile, a bike portion for 20 kilometers, and a 5K run. Logan Marvin came in first overall with a time of 57:01, while Jennifer Groos came in first for females with a time of 1:03:35.

Chicago Bears Make Big Moves at Quarterback During 2017 Offseason


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Chicago Bears

Since 2009, Mark Allen Hanrahan has sourced and closed real estate transactions as the managing partner of Markmel Company, LLC in Urbandale, Iowa. In his spare time, Mark Allen Hanrahan enjoys rooting for the Chicago Bears.

The 2016 season was quite disappointing for dedicated Bears fans, as the team struggled to a disappointing 3-16 record and finished last in the NFC North division. Nevertheless, the Bears’ management team made some big moves during the off season, which should propel the squad to success in 2017 and beyond.

First, the released veteran quarterback Jay Cutler, who decided to retire after the Bears let him go. Next, the team signed 27-year-old quarterback Mike Glennon for a three year contract for $14.5 million per year. While Glennon hadn’t started a game since 2014 for his previous team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many feel he has the skills and experience to lead the Bears.

Their second move was also at quarterback, where they traded up in draft picks from the number three spot to number two in order to acquire Mitchell Trubisky from the University of North Carolina. He signed with the team for a four year $29 million contract combined with a $19.25 million signing bonus.