John McLernon in the PGA?

This is the third and final installment of our ongoing Industry Leaders Blog series with John McLernon, Honorary Chairman and Co-Founder of the Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Group of Companies. NAIOP Vancouver asked him about his plans for the future.


At 72 years of age, John has accomplished much in his lifetime. Is it time now to settle down, and potentially join the PGA Tour? NAIOP Vancouver asked him, "where will you be in 10 years?" He responded:

I hope on this side of the grass [laughing]. Right now I am still at Colliers in lesser capacities, and I sit on 6 corporate boards other than Colliers. I think the project I am most involved in today is helping to solve the homeless situation in Vancouver. I have been chair of Streetohome since we started in 2008.  It has a most prestigious board and has raised significant money for a most difficult issue.  I am also Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Foundation - Canada's largest community foundation, as well as Western Chair of Portage a residential addiction treatment centre for youth 18 and under at Keremeos. Those are the things that keep me active, as far as I can see.

I don't look ten years at a time, but if I'm still enjoying it in five years, it will probably morph a bit differently... But I'm not going to play golf every day for the rest of my life. I like it like everything else, but to say I'm going to spend the next five years of my life playing golf - forget it - you'd miss the business relationships, the corporate building strategies and the progress, all of those things.  I am not going to make the PGA Tour - that's one project I would not guess that I would fail, I would know for sure! [laughing]

Well John, with a career such as yours, you wouldn't be surprising any of us if you did.


Do you think John could make it in the PGA? What were your thoughts on his appearance at the October 20th Breakfast Event? Please share your comments in the space below.

John McLernon was the Icon Speaker for NAIOP's October 20th breakfast meeting, sharing information and insight he's gained during his extensive career. Tune in to the NAIOP Industry Leaders Blog every Wednesday as we share more insights and knowledge in Commercial Real Estate.

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