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Our combined experience spans over 100 years with our depth of capabilities including portfolio management, banking, trading, and capital markets.
We pursue diverse opportunities, with a particular focus on non-economic and liquidity driven situations, across a breadth of sectors, asset types, and capital structures.
CEO & FOUNDER
Sean is the founder of Conlon & Co. An Irish immigrant hailing from the small village of Rathangan in County Kildare, Sean came to the United States in 1990 working as a janitor before joining one of Chicago’s top real estate firms in 1993. He quickly made a name for himself as one of the most prolific sellers of residential real estate with sales approaching $200 million annually, making him one of the top real estate brokers in the country while in his twenties.
Sean launched Sussex & Reilly in 2000 which quickly grew into a 300 plus employee business accounting for over $1 billion in annual sales and was hailed as one of the most high-tech firms in real estate. Sean sold the firm, bought it back, and subsequently re-sold it in 2007. In 2009 Sean formed Conlon which soon became one of Chicago’s most impressive brokerage firms. Christie’s International Real Estate aligned themselves with Conlon and in 2013, and in 2018 Conlon was purchased by Compass Real Estate.
Sean is the host of CNBC’s original series “The Deed” where he advises and provides a lifeline to developers by offering them his own cash and expertise in exchange for a piece of the property and a percentage of the profits. Recognized as one of the top real estate experts in the country, Sean is regularly interviewed by major publications and broadcasting networks - including CNN, CNBC (appearing on Squawk Box and Power Lunch), New York Times, Forbes, Crain’s, and the Wall Street Journal - to discuss the market and trends within the real estate industry.
Sean is actively involved in philanthropic and civic causes; most prominently he established The Conlon Wildlife Foundation to aid animal rescue worldwide.
Richard is the Chairman of Conlon & Co. The longest-serving mayor in Chicago’s history, Richard has earned an international reputation as a leading innovator in urban development, fiscal policy and government stewardship. The mayor enhanced Chicago’s quality of life, improved the public school system and infrastructure, strengthened the economy, reduced crime, improved transportation and made Chicago one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.
During his 22-year tenure as mayor, Chicago became a prominent player in the 21st century global economy, now ranking among the top economic centers and most influential cities worldwide. Richard pioneered a model of successful public-private partnerships that established Chicago as the benchmark for long-term sustainable urban growth and development. Throughout his career, Richard has maintained a commitment to unifying mayors across the United States and the world to tackle the challenges confronting cities.
He served as the 54th president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, organized the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative in 2003 for the restoration of the Great Lakes and founded and chaired the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus for the Chicagoland region. He has also hosted international conferences in Chicago for delegations of municipal leaders from the United States, Canada, China and the Middle East.
A former state senator and county prosecutor, Richard was elected mayor in 1989 and re-elected five times before deciding to retire from government in May of 2011. He serves as Of Counsel to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, an international law firm based in Chicago; and is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.