Trendsetter to Know: Bryan McLaren of Zoned Properties

Name: Bryan McLaren

Twitter: @ZonedProperties / @BryanAMcLaren

Instagram: @ZonedProperties / @Iron_Entrepreneur

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Age: 34

Title: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Married/Single: Not Yet… 

Kids: Not Yet…

City you live in: Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes… a mystery only those closest to me get to know (I’m very private).

I was born… In London, Ontario, Canada

My favorite thing about Arizona… Monsoon season! It’s amazing to see the power of nature and weather.

I’m listening to… Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar

My family… doesn’t give themselves nearly enough credit for shaping me into the human I am today. 

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Fictional) / Chief Tecumseh (Real)

One thing I cannot live without… Trees, I mean let’s be real, trees are the best.

When I was younger, I wanted to be… a professional storm chaser.

I’m inspired by… people’s compassion in the hardest of times.

The one person who motivates me is… a weaker version of myself.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… a solution to the Tragedy of the Commons.

The perfect day would be… an adventure with Rick & Morty.

My first job was… a Gelato Scooper!

My favorite escape… the backwoods on a long trail-run or triathlon course

I’m currently working on… what will hopefully become my professional legacy… using the local planning/real estate development to transition the legacy cannabis market from being forced underground after decades of prohibitionist propaganda to now finally becoming an integral part of prosperity in our local communities. 

Always… tie your left shoe first.

Never… tie your right shoe first.

Favorite Quote… 

“So, live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.” -Chief Tecumseh

Biggest Dream… is yet to come.

My Pet Peeve(s)… insincere apologies.

More About Bryan McLaren:
Bryan McLaren is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zoned Properties, a publicly traded, strategic real estate development firm for emerging and highly regulated industries. McLaren has accrued over a decade of experience in social, economic, and environmental development of complex business organizations with a focus on sustainability in emerging industries.  As a certified and licensed realtor, Green Roof Professional, LEED Green Associate, and former City Sustainability Commissioner, McLaren provides compliant real estate, zoning, permitting, and operational expertise to Zoned Properties and its clients. McLaren’s expertise in community organizing has been a vital approach for client projects. He has navigated state regulatory programs as an advisor in over ten cannabis markets for over 100 development projects. 

Prior to his role at Zoned Properties, McLaren worked as a Sustainability Consultant for Waste Management where he led the strategic development and operational implementation of zero-waste programs for Higher Education clients. McLaren has worked as a Sustainability Program Manager in the Higher Education industry and has been appointed as a City Sustainability Commissioner. Sustainable development has been a life-long passion for McLaren, who strives to create a global impact by forging a strong foundation for principles of sustainability in emerging industries.

McLaren holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Ethics Studies from the University of San Diego, a Masters of Sustainable Development from Northern Arizona University, an Executive master’s in business leadership from Arizona State University, and an MBA from Marylhurst University. Throughout his graduate education, McLaren devoted time to community development and philanthropic efforts earning several honors and awards including Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society Membership and the Distinguished Walton Scholarship. McLaren is also an active Forbes contributor providing insight on commercial real estate and the regulated cannabis industry.

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