Leadership

Brian Flanagan

Brian Flanagan

Brian founded MARS (an acronym for Midwest Asbestos Removal Services) in 1984. It began as an asbestos abatement remediation contractor in Chicago. MARS Environmental Solutions was added in 1987 to focus on bioremediations of soil and underground storage tank removal. In 1990, MARS Equities was created to purchase environmentally tainted Class A real estate. Since the mid 90’s, MARS has continued to invest in real estate, developing and managing numerous projects for their own account. Seeking diversifications, MARS began buying platform businesses in various industries to build mid-sized operating companies.
Rick Anglin

Rick Anglin

Rick Anglin is a MARS 2 Principal and is responsible for acquisitions. He has been President of two of MARS’ operating companies including TNR Staffing. Rick identified the potential opportunity of TNR Staffing, conducted the due diligence, negotiated the deal and guided the transition to MARS 2.

Prior to joining the team, Rick spent 25 years in the financial and operations sector in various industries. Ten of those years were spent as CFO for portfolio companies for two private equity firms.

Rick is responsible for sourcing potential acquisitions, managing due diligence, execution and assisting in monitoring investments post-closing.

Robert Palka

Robert Palka

Overseeing the management and leasing of office properties in Illinois, Rob is responsible for the office and industrial portfolio in the Chicagoland area. Before joining Mars 2, LLC, Rob has built a strong background in the real estate industry over the last 10 years. Starting as a construction manager, he oversaw the development of over 500 single-family multi-unit homes. In the next chapter of his career, Rob was a superintendent for Bovis Lend Lease where his contributions led to the successful completion of several high-rise projects in downtown Chicago. In 2018, Rob Palka was promoted to Vice-President of Real Estate. Rob is an industry professional with over 7 years of experience in management, finance and leasing. Rob is an excellent leader and broker with a track record of successful tenant negotiations and project management for our privately held diversified portfolio of office and industrial.

 

Harriet Basiorka

Harriet Basiorka

Harriet joined Mars in August of 2016. With an experienced background in sales, management and customer services she was an excellent candidate for our property management division. Because during her interview she aced the owner’s question. of “what does the word “no” mean to you” she immediately joined our team. Harriet has been graduating through our rigorous in-house training program to become a Property Manager. Along the way she has volunteered for special projects to manage and in doing so has earned her the very appropriate title of “Special Agent H”. Harriet is a licensed Real Estate Broker and was promoted to Property Manager of Mars in February of 2020.

Luana McNaughton

Luana McNaughton