Vice President Darren McLellan leads Nook’s corporate development initiatives with an emphasis on recruiting, brand positioning and strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining Nook, Darren McLellan served as a Vice President and Senior Loan Consultant at Back Bay Funding, where he spent 13 years establishing relationships with leading national and regional lenders and building one of the most well-respected team of loan originators in Orange County. In addition to his management duties, Darren was consistently recognized as one of the firm’s top producing loan officers.
Darren is a founding partner of Partners Direct Insurance Services and currently serves on the board of McLellan Estate Co. He began his professional career with Onsale.com as an Account Manager and later honed his sales and business development expertise during his time at Deremate.com, Global Center, and Exodus Communications. Darren studied at University of California at Davis, where he earned dual degrees in International Relations and Spanish Language.
A bit more about Darren, in his own words:
Q: Why are you passionate about real estate?
A: Real estate represents so many things – shelter, opportunity, home, transformation, and design. I am passionate about spaces that not only provide basic shelter, but also evoke emotion and a sense of place that matches their environment. When I look at the low slung roofs in the desert, the heavy timbers of a snow-covered cabin, or the versatile indoor outdoor living spaces of the West Coast, I am inspired.
Q: What’s your favorite room in your house and why?
A: My favorite room in my house is the living room. It is center of our home and a place for relaxing, enjoying a fire or TV show, and enjoying conversations. To me, it represents family.
Q: Where do you live now and why do you love it?
A: I live in a Craftsman style home in Laguna Beach that is settled at the base of a canyon and surrounded by a running creek and huge eucalyptus trees. Our home feels like an intimate getaway from our busy town, and I love feeling like we live in the woods while still being a three-minute drive from the ocean. It’s the best of both worlds.
Q: If you could have a second home or a dream home (beyond your current home) where would it be and why?
A: I would love to have a home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which is renowned for its incredible homes and breathtaking mountain beauty. And if money were no object, I know my wife would love an apartment in New York City or Paris.