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.

Bethany Christian Services Helps Young Refugees


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Bethany Christian Services

Mark Allen Hanrahan, a real estate investment professional based in Iowa, serves as managing partner at Markmel Co. LLC. In this position, Mark Allen Hanrahan oversees acquisitions, dispositions, and joint venture formation related to commercial real estate transactions. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Mr. Hanrahan supports a variety of charitable organizations, including Bethany Christian Services.

Bethany Christian Services, located in 36 states, aims to strengthen families across the globe by providing adoption services, pregnancy support, and counseling. In addition, the organization offers services to refugees and immigrants.

In situations that involve violence, turmoil, and natural disaster, many families become separated before reaching refugee camps near their home countries. When children arrive in camps without their parents or family members, they are considered orphans or unaccompanied minors and may be resettled in other countries. When these young refugees arrive in the United States, they are in need of welcoming homes where they can heal and begin new lives in a new country.

Bethany Christian Services’ refugee and immigrant foster care programs gives these children an opportunity to start again in the context of a family. Within a safe environment, vulnerable children have access to counseling as well as the education that will equip them to live a life of independence.

Families in Bethany’s refugee and immigrant foster care program are provided with the training they need to parent a child from a different culture. They are also paired with mentors and provided with medical insurance and a stipend to offset the costs of an additional family member.

Bethany Christian Services offers additional services to refugees and immigrants that include assistance with resettlement and employment as well as counseling.

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.