LEADERSHIP

LEADERSHIP

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.

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.

Kasza
Larry Kasza

Larry Kasza is President and CFO of The Brucker Company. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Mr. Kasza leads Brucker’s HVAC distribution business. He joined Brucker in 2006 as Vice President of Sales, served on its Executive Committee and was appointed President in 2011.

Prior to Brucker, Mr. Kasza enjoyed a long and varied career with Trane and American Standard – a Fortune 500 Company. Working in corporate and field locations, in businesses large and small, existing and newly acquired, Mr. Kasza gained broad experience in sales and marketing, distribution, manufacturing and acquisitions.

A Management Partner during Trane’s LBO, Mr. Kasza later gained substantive executive experience during his ten years as a Trane Vice President and General Manager with full strategic, functional and P&L responsibility for three decentralized business units. One of them being Trane’s most profitable, the two others being two more recent acquisitions. As a Business Unit Leader, Mr. Kasza delivered results in different businesses with unique cultures across a full range of economic conditions. Under his leadership, these businesses reported record years and were recognized for exceptional financial and operations performance.

Mr. Kasza is uniquely qualified to help Brucker become an even more outstanding business. Brucker’s mission is to simply be the best in the markets it serves – the best place for customers to do business, the best distribution partner for existing and new suppliers and the best employer among its competitors.

A Chicago native, Mr. Kasza holds an engineering degree from Bradley University and his MBA from the College of St. Thomas. He completed Trane’s HVAC graduate level HVAC program and has been extensively trained in marketing, sales, Six Sigma and Demand Flow Technology. He stays current with continuous product and industry education, is a local member of ASHRAE and SMACNA and has served on supplier advisory councils.

Barry
Matthew Barry

Prior to TNR Staffing, Matt was General Manager of Real Estate at MARS 2 LLC. In this role, Matt was responsible for the overall performance of the company’s real estate portfolio containing commercial office, warehouse space and residential homes. Daily responsibilities include leasing of both commercial and residential properties, property management and financial performance of both individual properties and the entire portfolio. The strategic acquisition and sales of both residential and commercial assets were key factors in overall portfolio performance.

Matt started his career at Carpenter Technology Corporation in a number of sales roles that focused on growing opportunities at strategic customers as well as inventory and asset management.

Later, as the VP of Operations at Design Ventures, LLC, Matt was responsible for the management of the internal and logistical operations at this regional distribution company. His responsibilities included implementing and managing a third party logistics system for customer delivery and overhauling the existing customer support network. In this turnaround effort, Matt was also responsible for daily financial management and reporting of the company.

RPalka
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.

Rob is a member of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and is a licensed Real Estate Broker.