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Real Estate Entrepreneurship

Sean Conlon’s entrepreneurial spirit led to his launch of Sussex & Reilly, which quickly became a top player in Chicago residential real estate with over 300 employees and annual brokerage sales volume in excess of $1 billion in just three years. Sussex & Reilly was also recognized as one of the most high-tech brokerages in the country. He subsequently sold the company, repurchased it, and sold it again and leveraged his financial success to establish Conlon & Co. as a boutique real estate investment firm providing clients with custom-tailored solutions across a suite of services from financing to portfolio and fund management to advisory and co-investment opportunities.  He founded and managed two successful investments funds: a $100 million mezzanine lending fund which provided financing on over $1 billion of development projects as well as a $50 million real estate opportunity which acquired distressed property in Chicago and the Southeast during the economic crisis (2008-2011).

In 2009, Sean also opened the doors to CONLON: A Real Estate Company, which 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. Reflecting its founder’s appreciation of the American Dream, CONLON’s diverse group of brokers speak almost 20 different languages. The residential brokerage was followed by the launch of CONLON Commercial in 2012. The combined brokerage has closed approximately $4 Billion in sales over the past seven years. Then, in December 2016, Sean launched his Conlon Capital and merged into his group Aries Capital. In 2016, the two firms originated over $750 million in commercial real estate mortgages. Concurrently, Sean has continued to invest opportunistically in value-add properties throughout the United States.