Chicago Bears Add to Coaching Staff

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Chicago Bears

Mark Allen Hanrahan is a managing partner at Urbandale, Iowa’s Markmel Co. LLC, where, since 2009, he has earned the company an over-20 percent return on investment in venture capital transactions. Outside of work, Mark Allen Hanrahan’s hobbies include watching his favorite professional sports teams, including the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL).

With the 2017 NFL season still months away, Chicago added to its coaching staff in February, announcing the hiring of Zach Azzanni, Brandon Staley, and Derius Swinton II. Azzanni, who will assume the role of receivers coach, comes to the team with 18 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level. He previously served as a receivers coach for the University of Tennessee and has also worked with Wisconsin and Bowling Green, among others.

Staley brings 11 years of experience to the Bears staff and will work with the team’s outside linebackers. He previously worked as a defensive coordinator for John Carroll University and is a former quarterback for the University of Dayton. Swinton II, meanwhile, returns to the Bears as an assistant special teams coach after working with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.

Preparing for an Ironman Triathlon

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Ironman Triathlon

When not working as a managing partner at Markmel Co., LLC, Mark Allen Hanrahan participates in Ironman triathlons. To date, Mark Allen Hanrahan has completed six Ironman triathlon competitions.

Participating in an Ironman triathlon is no easy task. Unlike other races, which only require a minimum of 12 weeks of training, Ironman races demand at least 12 months of preparation. In fact, professional trainers recommend that people should take two years to properly condition themselves for their first Ironman race.

Ironman organizers suggest that beginners start with a minimum of 10 hours of training per week if joining Ironman 70.3. If joining a full Ironman, people should train at least 15 hours per week. Many athletes find that hiring a personal coach helps boost their confidence. However, it isn’t necessary to purchase expensive training equipment. In fact, beginners will only need some high-quality basics, like running shoes, a swimsuit, a bike, and a bike helmet.

CISS’s Community Kitchen Program

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Central Iowa Shelter Services

Since 2009, Mark Allen Hanrahan has been a managing partner at Markmel Co., LLC, where he uses his knowledge of the local and global markets to invest in commercial real estate and seed-stage startups. During his free time, Mark Allen Hanrahan supports the Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) homeless shelter.

CISS has been providing free temporary housing and meals to homeless adults since 1992. The shelter serves more than 2000 people each year, helping them become more self-sufficient. To accomplish its goals, CISS runs several programs, including a Community Kitchen.

Funded by United Way, CISS’ Community Kitchen initiative provides employment and training opportunities for up to 15 homeless men and women annually. These workers prepare and deliver over 99,000 meals every year to several meal sites across the metro area. These meal sites are strategically located in Polk County neighborhoods with high poverty levels.

Newly Expanded Central Iowa Shelter Helps Thousands

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Central Iowa Shelter


Mark Allen Hanrahan is a philanthropist and an exprienced real estate professional located in Iowa. When he is not overseeing properties and managing investments, Mark Allen Hanrahan can be found supporting charities like the Central Iowa Homeless Shelter.

The Central Iowa Shelter was created in 1992 with the goal of providing free shelter and meals to local adults in need. It serves 2,000 men and women each year, helping them gain access to safe emergency shelter and supportive services.

Thanks to generous donations, the shelter expanded dramatically in 2012. It grew from an 8,000 square foot facility with 96 beds to a 42,000 square foot facility with 207 beds. The updated shelter includes expanded transitional housing for veterans in need, providing 19 dedicated rooms just for them. The new shelter is also home to 38 Section 8 efficiency apartments, providing affordable housing to people who need it.

The Central Iowa Shelter is also home to an on-site health clinic, a food pantry, a free clothing closet, and a classroom. Other services include showers and laundry facilities, group counseling, and helpful individualized case management.