Larry Connor

In 1972, Larry Connor graduated from Ohio University with virtually no money, but plenty of ideas, and the desire to own his own business. Below is a brief snapshot of the career successes and personal accomplishments that Larry Connor was able to achieve throughout the years.

Professional
  • 1973-1976 – E.F. MacDonald, travel director
  • 1977-1980 – Developed and established Newcom's Tavern, a bar and restaurant in Dayton's historic Oregon District
  • 1980-1982 – President and Owner of Connor & Co., real estate
  • 1983-1990 – Chairman and majority owner of Orlando Computer Company, selling hardware and software to business of all sizes
  • 1991-present – Managing partner, The Connor Group
    • Co-founded and grew The Connor Group from $0 to more than $2 billion in assets.
    • Arthur Anderson Dayton 100 Award Recipient, 1999
    • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2001
    • Top 10 Employer in the State of Ohio, 2006
    • Dayton Business Journal Business of the Year, 2008
    • Two-time Finalist for Dayton Business Journal Executive of the Year and Service Business of the Year
    • University of Dayton Entrepreneurship Program Volunteer of the Year, 2011
    • Glassdoor Top 50 Best Places to Work, Small and medium sized companies, 2014
    • Dayton Business Journal Top 100 Businesses in the Region (multiple years)
    • Dayton Business Journal Top 25 Fastest Growing Companies (multiple years)

Education
  • Ohio University, 1972
    • Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, Honors College
    • J Club (top 22 students selected from 4,500)
    • Who's Who of College Students (twice)
    • President of fraternity
    • Treasurer of student government

Personal
  • Created and funded a Dayton-based charitable foundation to help disadvantaged children
  • Two-time class winner of the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000
  • Completed a perfect season in 2015 by winning all five races in the SCORE International Off-Road Desert Racing Series in the Trophy Truck Spec Class
  • Winner of more than 60 Formula and sports car races throughout the U.S.
  • Participated in 24 Hours of LeMans and Daytona 24 Hour race
  • Avid sports enthusiasts including fitness, squash, wakeboarding, spear fishing, international white water rafting expeditions, weightlifting, mountain climbing, competitive aerobatic flying and skiing
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