The NI tech community remembers First Derivatives Founder Brian Conlon

  • On the anniversary of First Derivatives Founder Brian Conlon's death, the firm has announced the "Spirit of Brian Conlon" award and is renaming its Newry offices in dedication to him. 

    Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of First Derivatives founder Brian Conlon, and those who knew him are remembering his substantial contributions to the NI tech and business scene. Brian established Newry-headquartered software firm First Derivatives over 20 years ago and built it into a billion pound company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

    While the firm expanded globally, Brian always kept the focus on his home of Newry and kept the company headquarters there. New graduate staff hired abroad were even required to work in the Newry offices for their first few months, which helped put Newry on the global tech map. His name frequently graced our headlines as he picked up awards, signed deals with partners such as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, and announced record-breaking revenue.

    To commemorate Brian's life, First Derivatives has announced that its two offices in Newry are to be renamed in his honour. The Canal Quay office is to be renamed to "Brian Conlon House" while the firm's Marcus Square office will now be known as "The Conlon Building" in recognition of their late founder.

    On this anniversary of Brian's death, First Derivatives has announced the inaugural winner of its new "Spirit Of Brian Conlon" award selected from within all the employees at the company. The award is designed to recognise an employee each year who the company feels embodies Brian’s core values of "being a positive corporate citizen," "having a passion for lifelong learning," and "being focused on excellent customer service."

    The Conlon family commented on the firm's initiatives to honour Brian: "They are a wonderful and fitting tribute to Brian’s memory. First Derivatives is part of the fabric of Newry having welcomed graduates, colleagues, customers and many other visitors from all over the world for more than 25 years. We are all immensely proud of what Brian achieved and the naming of the buildings, including our Group headquarters, and launch of the award will be a lasting legacy to the successful business he created."

    Source: Written based on press release

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