Our Team

Entrepreneurial and dynamic.

The McLaurin team is entrepreneurial, dynamic, and relentless in pursuit of our clients and partner interests. Our integrity, service, performance, and old fashioned hard work displayed in the strategy and execution of each project has earned accolades across the country.

 
 
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Zeb McLaurin

Chief Executive Officer

Zeb possesses a unique understanding of integrated real estate approaches that benefit people and business across consumer segments and industries.

Zeb Mclaurin is CEO of McLaurin Development Partners. He is an entrepreneur whose work and thought leadership has created nationally recognized developments for urban communities and Fortune 500 companies. Zeb credits his humble beginnings as the spark that sustains his work in the development and revitalization of marginalized neighborhoods.  He is a visionary leader whose accomplishments have been recognized by the NFBPA, Illinois Governor, Illinois State Treasurer, Mayor of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, and Chicago Housing Authority.

His principles and legendary teamwork have led to successful partnerships with policymakers and community stakeholders resulting in increased valuation and economic development in the communities he has modernized.

Zeb is a champion of rejuvenating communities where basic amenities including grocery, work space, retail, and healthcare are not easily accessible. He has a unique understanding of integrated real estate approaches that benefit people and business across consumer segments and industries.

Community and Passions

Zeb is a community leader lending his support and time as an advisor to community and city-wide organizations. He is Chairman of the Chicago Area Morehouse College Alumni Association responsible for raising thousands of dollars of scholarship funds for local Morehouse men and an active  member of the Urban Arts Council, International Council of Shopping Centers, and Real Estate Executives Council.

 
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Michael Lucas

Director, Business Development
and Investor Relations

A solution-oriented leader focused on innovating and reimagining the boundaries of real estate development.

Michael is Director of Investor and Capital Relations at McLaurin. He is a solution-oriented leader focused on innovating and reimagining the boundaries of real estate development. He is responsible for private and capital market funding.  

Lucas is a seasoned finance expert holding numerous professional designations, including, Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65 licenses. Formerly a senior leader at Campbell Newman, Aon Hewitt, Northern Trust, and Leading Edge Investment, he has won billions of dollars in client mandates and marketed a wide range of investment products for international and domestic clients.    

 

Community and Passions

Michael is a philanthropist who believes in corporate governance, dedicating his time on the oversight committee of a chef-driven restaurant group in Chicago and formerly finance committee board chair at Near North Montessori. He is a mentor in residence at 1871, a Chicago-based and nationally recognized incubator, and an Advisor for Guidepoint Global. A former All-Ivy Varsity basketball player at Cornell, Michael is a member of the Red Key Society and the Sphinx Head Society. Michael lives in Chicago with his wife of 23 years, Deirdra, and daughter, Perri.