“Don” Condon is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, and has been involved in the Center for many years. He has over 35 years of experience in the chemical, industrial manufacturing, plastics, energy, and transportation industries, having worked in DuPont, Conoco, Titan Chemicals and Westlake Chemicals. He has helped several large businesses improve both growth and operating performance, as well as with high-level strategy, restructuring, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. While at Titan, he led the country’s largest industrial IPO and was named Malaysia’s CEO of the Year, the first non-Malaysian so honored. Don was the first recipient of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business “Shape the Future” Award.
Don’s executive career is complemented by over 10 years of public board and committee roles, where his deep interest, global expertise, and commitment to helping organizations succeed is evident. Having lived and worked overseas has allowed him to help global companies develop and execute effective long- and short-term strategies. Don is a Board Leadership Fellow for the National Association of Corporate Directors, their highest certification. Don currently serves as a Director for the Manitowoc Company, the global leader in large crane manufacture, where he serves as Chair of its Compensation Committee and Member (and former Chair) of its Audit Committee. He also is Chairman and President of IDSM Distribution Services, Inc., a family owned transportation business serving Houston, TX suburbs, and on the Board and the Finance Committee of the Depression and Bipolar Alliance.
Don earned his BBA in Finance, Economics and Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and did graduate studies at the University of Bridgeport (CT), the University of Delaware, and the Southern Methodist University. He is a member of several organizations, including American Mensa and Chapelwood United Methodist Church. Don lives in Houston, TX.