The Deed: Chicago

Sean Conlon

The Deed: Chicago Host

ABOUT THE HOST

Through sheer determination and an innate disposition for hard work, Sean J. Conlon is the embodiment of what it means to achieve the American dream.

An Irish immigrant hailing from the small village of Rathangan in County Kildare, Conlon 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. Though his beginnings working as a janitor in the U.S. were humble, it wasn't long before the future real estate mogul took his first step towards hard-won success.

In 1993, Conlon 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 Chicago and and the Midwest, but also the entire U.S. with sales approaching $200 million annually. Conlon'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 Conlon &Co., a real estate merchant bank, in early 2000.

Conlon & Co. is an established, 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. Leveraging Conlon's unrivaled network of curated, long-term relationships and experiences enables the company to provide clients with return driven results for all of their real estate needs. Conlon & Co 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 2008 – 2011 economic crisis.

Sussex & Reilly ("Sussex") was also launched in early 2000. Starting as a modest, 10-person operation, Sussex quickly grew, expanding into a 300-plus-employee business accounting for more than $1 billion in annual sales. It was hailed as one of the most high-tech firms in real estate with every agent carrying a Blackberry or palm pilot. Conlon sold the firm, 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, Conlon opened the doors to CONLON, what would soon become one of Chicago's most impressive brokerages, and he hasn't looked back since. The firm, like many of Conlon'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 Chicago market.

Recognized as one of the top real estate experts in the country, Conlon is regularly interviewed by CNN, CNBC, The New York Times, Forbes, Crain's, and the Wall Street Journal to name a few, to discuss the market and trends within the real estate industry. He was featured in Crain's "40 under 40"; awarded Irish America's Business 100 profile four years running; and was honored to be guest speaker at The Wharton School of Business on entrepreneurship and leadership as well as Cornell and DePaul Universities. A former college dropout, Conlon is constantly striving for excellence and setting himself high personal standards. He returned to the academic world and in June 2016 graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor ofArts.

Conlon is actively involved in philanthropic and civic causes, most prominently he established The Conlon Wildlife Foundation to aid animal rescue worldwide.

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Highlights

  • The Deed: Chicago | "Playing Defense on the Deal": Flippers Kai and Bernette are a week behind schedule with construction on their investment property and they claim it's all the fault of a lazy general contractor. But host Sean Conlon sees another reason for the lack of progress: They keep paying in advance for unfinished work. The Deed: Chicago All-new Wednesdays 10P ET/PT

  • Host Sean Conlon just happens to be in the neighborhood when he notices a fire truck parked outside flippers Kai and Bernette's property. When he goes to investigate, he's met with another surprise at the door: a potential buyer. And Kai and Bernette are nowhere to be found. The Deed: Chicago All-new Wednesday 10P ET/PT

  • The Deed: Chicago | "Playing Defense on the Deal": Rookie flipper Kai can't seem to stop buying up real estate, even though her husband's personal finances are still reeling from the 2008 market collapse, . She may not see a problem, but host Sean Conlon thinks there's value in learning to say "No." The Deed: Chicago All-new Wednesdays 10P ET/PT

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    Sean Conlon, host of CNBC's The Deed: Chicago, has a tendency to use some interesting analogies that will make you ask "what did he just say?" Check out some of the best ones.

  • Still from CNBC's "The Deed: Chicago," starring real estate mogul Sean Conlon.

    The Deed: Chicago | "Analysis Paralysis": In this behind-the-scenes look, host Sean Conlon discusses hard-working flippers Larry and Chantill, a married couple beset by crooked contractors and intent on improving their fortunes despite several mismanaged real estate investments. The Deed: Chicago All-new Wednesdays 10P ET/PT

  • The Deed: Chicago | "The Mistake on the Lake": In this behind-the-scenes look, host Sean Conlon talks about the dysfunctional relationship between flipping partners Mark and Bryan, and how the duo managed to heed his advice, clean up their act and get their development business on the path to success. The Deed: Chicago All-new Wednesdays 10P ET/PT

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