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.

Matthew 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.

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.

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