1922 - 2015
Simon Konover founded The Simon Konover Company and built a legacy based on integrity and excellence.
Immigrating to the United States following World War II, Mr. Konover built a real estate company of national stature based upon strong ethics and innovation. The organization, which he founded over 50 years ago, has developed, constructed, owned and operated properties throughout the Midwest and Eastern United States. Today, its portfolio includes shopping centers, office buildings, hotels, multi-family housing, and specialty properties.
Nationally recognized as a real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Konover was a Junior Achievement Laureate and a member of its Business Hall of Fame. He has been recognized as Hotelier of the Year by the Connecticut Restaurant Association and the Connecticut Lodging Association.
Mr. Konover’s success, generosity and contributions to the community have earned him the respect of his peers and the appreciation of numerous organizations worldwide. He was instrumental in the creation of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, and the Campus Center at the University of Hartford bears his name. Mr. Konover donated construction management services to Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Camp for seriously ill children in Ashford, Connecticut.
Mr. Konover’s community contributions are countless and his recognitions include the Prime Minister’s New Life Award from the National Committee for Israel Bonds and the Distinguished Service to the Cause of Good Relations from the National Conference for Community and Justice. Mr. Konover was a Founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and served as President and Chairman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. He is a Life Director of the Federation, and chaired numerous committees.
Mr. Konover received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from the University of Connecticut.