Mark Allen Hanrahan has spent nearly a decade as the managing partner of Markmel Company, LLC, in Urbandale, Iowa. When he is not sourcing and closing real estate and venture capital transactions, Mark Allen Hanrahan enjoys supporting Chicago area sports teams, including the Chicago Cubs.
In 2016, the Chicago Cubs ended one of the longest championship droughts in professional sports, winning the World Series for the first time in more than a century. While the victory represented a momentous occasion for professional baseball and the city of Chicago, it may not be the most interesting World Series the Cubs have been involved in from a historical perspective.
The Cubs franchise, playing one of its last seasons as the Chicago White Stockings, made its first World Series appearance in 1885 following an impressive 87-25 regular season. The White Stockings faced off against the American League champion St. Louis Browns. The teams contested seven games in four cities, including an opening game in Chicago that was suspended due to darkness after eight innings, with the score tied at five runs apiece. Perhaps more strangely, the following day’s game in St. Louis ended with a White Stockings forfeit. Chicago, leading 5-4 in the sixth inning, left the field in protest of an umpire ruling, which resulted in the forfeit.
Remaining in St. Louis for Games 3 and 4, the home team won 7-4 and 3-2, respectively. Game 5, played at Recreation Park in Pittsburgh, was also suspended due to darkness. However, Chicago’s 9-2 lead after seven innings was enough for a victory. The series moved to Cincinnati for Game 6, which Chicago again won by a score of 9-2, this time in a full nine innings. The final game of the series saw the Browns upend the White Stockings 13-4.
Chicago, discounting the Game 2 result, viewed the series as tied at three games each, while St. Louis claimed an outright victory. The series was ultimately declared a 3-3-1 tie, with the teams splitting the prize money.
The managing partner at Markmel Company LLC in Urbandale, Iowa, Mark Allen Hanrahan contributes to a variety of local charities and community initiatives. Mark Allen Hanrahan gives to Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS), which helps people who are experiencing homelessness to readjust and get back on their feet, with warm meals and safe shelter.
In the early 1990s, five men lost their lives in Des Moines, having had nowhere to stay in the middle of winter, and denied from existing shelters. CISS was created after this tragedy. With over 200 beds, a clinic, food pantry, and classroom, the organization has grown to assist more than 2,000 men and women each year.
CISS also offers various programs, including its United Way-funded Community Kitchen, which cooks and delivers meals to local underserved areas and provides job training and employment to men and women who are homeless. In addition, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings convene at various times Sunday through Friday at CISS.
An experienced accounting and real estate professional, Mark Allen Hanrahan is the managing partner at Markmel Co., LLC, in Urbandale, Iowa, where he works to secure the firm’s real estate transactions. An active philanthropist, Mark Allen Hanrahan lends his support to a number of charitable organizations, including United Way Worldwide.
In April of 2017, United Way Worldwide announced that Mary B. Sellers will serve as the organization’s new US Territory president. Ms. Sellers is being promoted from her current position as the president of United Way’s Central Iowa Office.
In her new role, Ms. Sellers will oversee the rollout of all United Way strategic initiatives in the US and will meet with the organization’s leaders in different locales to ensure that all key stakeholders are remaining on track. United Way Worldwide CEO and president Brian A. Gallagher lauded Ms. Sellers’ accomplished career and said he expects her to excel in the new position.
An investment executive with over two decades of experience, Mark Allen Hanrahan serves as a managing partner with Markmel Co., where he sources venture capital and real estate transactions. Outside of his professional endeavors, Mark Allen Hanrahan is an avid fan of the National Football League's (NFL) Chicago Bears.
For the past eight seasons, the Bears have been led at the quarterback position by Jay Cutler, a former 11th overall pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2006 NFL Draft. In 102 career games with the Bears, Cutler posted a record of 51-51 and recorded 208 touchdowns and 146 interceptions. He had a disappointing, injury-plagued campaign in 2016 and was released by the team following the season. Rather than seek a contract with another team, Cutler will transition to a new role in the sport as a color commentator for Fox Sports beginning in the 2017 season.
The Indiana native will join veteran broadcasters Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis for Fox broadcasts. Coincidentally, the first game he is scheduled to work is an August 27 pre-season game between the Tennessee Titans and the Bears, his former team.
With 25 years’ experience in commercial real estate finance and investment, Mark Allen Hanrahan has served since 2009 as the managing partner of the Markmel Company LLC, a family office. In his free time, Mark Allen Hanrahan enjoys competing in triathlons and has finished more than 60 of them, including six full Ironman races.
The traditional triathlon includes three sports: biking, swimming, and running. However, not all triathlons are the same. Sponsors offer triathlon races in four distances and degrees of difficulty.
- The short-distance Sprint triathlon involves a 0.5-mile swim, a 15-mile bike ride, and a 3-mile run. Frequently chosen by beginners, the sprint is the most popular distance.
- The Olympic triathlon, which follows international Olympic guidelines, is generally considered the traditional triathlon, with swimming, biking, and running distances, respectively, of 0.93 miles, 24.8 miles, and 6.2 miles.
- The full Ironman triathlon, the iconic competition, requires athletes to swim 1.2 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26 miles (a marathon). Usually, only professional athletes attempt a full Ironman.
- A Half Ironman includes a swim of 1.2 miles, a bike ride of 56 miles, and a run of 13 miles.
The triathlon has also evolved various spinoffs, such as the off-road triathlon, the indoor triathlon, the winter triathlon, and the duathlon, in which one of the legs is omitted. The Aquabike duathlon leaves out the run, and the Aquathlon leaves out the biking.