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CONLON, Tim. (Dubuque, IA-- ) The recipient of the 2023 FIRST CITIZEN AWARD, Tim Conlon is a local builder whose family through their CONLON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY has made a considerable contribution to the skyline of the Tri-State Area. Tim Conlon added to this rich history through his considerable civic contributions to the DUBUQUE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER DUBUQUE, JULIEN DUBUQUE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, DUBUQUE DREAM CENTER, MERCYONE DUBUQUE MEDICAL CENTER board of trustees, DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART, CLARKE UNIVERSITY board of trustees, and the Dubuque Noon Optimists.

The construction contributions of his family company includes more than 30 buildings at LORAS COLLEGE and all but three buildings at Clarke University. Since 1980 the company completed work on more than 30 buildings at UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE. Other projects include work at both Dubuque hospitals, STEEPLE SQUARE, both Dubuque casinos, senior housing developments, and properties that qualified for historic tax credits. The company worked on facilities for multiple local businesses, including FLEXSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC., KLAUER MANUFACTURING COMPANY, MORRISON BROTHERS COMPANY RITE-HITE CORPORATION, and A.Y.MCDONALD MANUFACTURING COMPANY.

Along the construction company’s timeline, company founder Richard Conlon’s sons, O.M., Orlin and Vincent, took over the firm in the mid-1930s. Tim Conlon, one of Orlin’s sons, in 2023 was the company’s CEO, as well as co-chairman of the company, along with his brother, Steve.

Conlon received his early education at St. Columbkille Catholic School. He graduated from WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL and began his post-secondary education at Loras College. Without a major in mind, he traveled and then attended the United States International University in San Diego.

San Diego was where he met his wife, Christine. In 2023 they had been married for 52 years and raised three daughters, Sarah Conlon, Poppy Conlon and Roux Conlon Loar.

Conlon and his family moved back to Dubuque in the late 1970s. He took construction management courses at Clarke College and began working for the family company.



Hogstrom, Erik. "Conlon Constructing A Legacy," Telegraph Herald, December 31, 2023, p. 1