After joining the Gillis Thomas Company in January of 1979, Don Conlon quickly learned that in a family owned and run business, no job was too big or too small for him to undertake. Over the years Don has been in charge of overseeing everything from reroofing of old buildings, interior finish outs, development of new building projects, negotiating leases, financing of projects and solving of Tenant problems. Today, Don is responsible for the overall running of the Gillis Thomas Company. His goals continue to be the ones developed and preached by founder, Gillis Thomas, keep the buildings full, avoid vacancy, never sell and pass the Company on to the next generation. To that end, having interned each summer during his college years at the Company, Gillis hired Don’s oldest son Kevin, permanently to learn the family business and represent the interests of the third generation.
Don’s commitment to individual, personal service to each and every one of the Gillis Thomas Company’s Tenants is unique in today’s world of institutional industrial ownership and produces intense loyalty among his Tenants, who remain with the Company year after year after year. Don’s honesty and strong work ethic make him a favorite among real estate brokers to bring him lease deals.
Don is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he received his Bachelors of Arts Degree. Don lives in Dallas with his wife, Robyn and has three sons, a grandson, and a granddaughter. Outside of the office, Don is an avid photographer and sports enthusiast, with a particular love of baseball. Don has also served on the Park Cities YMCA Board, the North Dallas Chamber Baseball Board, and supports various other charities in the Dallas area.