Through determination and an innate disposition for hard work, Sean J. Conlon, proprietor of Chicago’s premiere boutique real estate brokerage, is the embodiment of what it means to succeed in America.
An Irish immigrant hailing from the small village of Rathangan in County Kildare, Sean came to the states in 1990 with an education from the Dublin Institute of Technology’s College of Marketing and Design, a two-year stint at Lehman Brothers in London and an insatiable appetite for business. And though his beginnings in the U.S. were humble, working as a janitor, it wasn’t long before the future real estate mogul took his first step towards overwhelming success.
In 1993, Sean joined one of Chicago’s top real estate firms at the time, and within only a few short years, he had made a name for himself as one of the most prolific sellers of residential real estate throughout not only Chicagoland and the Midwest, but also the entire U.S with sales approaching $200 million annually.
Sean’s unique penchant for recognizing potential business connections and later nurturing them into a fruitful enterprise has been one of the cornerstones of his success in the industry, beginning with his founding of both Sussex & Reilly and Conlon & Co., a real estate merchant bank, in early 2000. The merchant bank calls on Conlon’s ability to connect dots and bring people together; and offers advisory services to HNW families across the globe and co-investment opportunities.
As fast as his first brokerage, Sussex & Reilly “Sussex”, was formed, starting as a modest 10-person operation, the firm just as quickly ballooned, expanding into a 300-plus-employee business accounting for more than $1 billion in annual sales. Conlon sold Sussex, bought it back and then subsequently re-sold the company between 2006 and 2007. This allowed him to pursue other real estate and development ventures, chiefly among them, CONLON: A Real Estate Company “CONLON”.
In 2009, Sean opened the doors to what would soon become one of Chicago’s most impressive brokerages, and he hasn’t looked back since. The firm, like many of Sean’s past endeavors, proved an almost immediate success, attracting buyers and sellers from the immediate area, as well as other parts of the U.S. and abroad.
The brokerage proved so successful, in fact, that in June 2013, Christie’s International Real Estate, one of globe’s most exclusive real estate networks, aligned themselves with CONLON to help bolster their business to the uppermost echelons of the international industry.
Today, CONLON /Christie’s works in tandem to provide Chicagoland buyers and sellers with an unmatched level of service and expertise, with Sean at its head.