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Sean J. Conlon

CEO and Founding Partner

Host of “The Deed: Chicago” on CNBC

CEO and Founding Partner


Sean is the founder of Conlon & Co, an established, boutique merchant banking firm providing clients with custom-tailored solutions across a suite of services from financing, portfolio and fund management to advisory and co-investment opportunities.  Leveraging Sean’s unrivaled global network of curated, long-term relationships, the company is able to provide clients with return driven results for all of their real estate needs.


An Irish immigrant hailing from the small village of Rathangan in County Kildare, Sean came to the 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 20’s.


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 the company in 2007.


In 2009 Sean formed CONLON, which soon became one of Chicago’s most impressive brokerage firms.  In 2013 Christie’s International Real Estate aligned themselves with CONLON and in 2018 CONLON was purchased by Compass.


Sean is the host of CNBC’s original series “The Deed” which explores how fortunes are really made in the unpredictable and cutthroat world of real estate flipping and development.  In the show, Sean provides developers a lifeline 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 CNN, CNBC (appearing on Squawk Box and Power Lunch), 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.


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