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Gerald Alley, 2013 AR Black Hall of Fame Inductee

Gerald Byron Alley was born in Pine, Bluff Arkansas, on September 30, 1952.
From the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame:

Gerald Byron Alley was born in Pine, Bluff Arkansas, on September 30, 1952. He was the youngest of five
children. At the early age of four years old, Gerald began his formal education. He attended public and black
private schools in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. At the age of sixteen, he enrolled in the College of Business (presently
known as Walton College of Business) at The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a major in finance. In
1973, he graduated and was recruited by a major retail corporation for their Management Executive Training
Program in Dallas, TX.

In 1974, he was accepted and awarded a scholarship in the Graduate MBA program at Southern Methodist
University. While attending SMU, Gerald interned at a consultant firm that specialized in business development
for small and medium size businesses. In 1975, he proudly earned his MBA in Finance and Real Estate. Upon
graduation, he accepted a full time position with that firm and served in the capacity of a Financial Analyst,
Controller, and Vice President of Construction Services during his four-year tenure.

In 1978, Gerald ventured to become an entrepreneur by forming a business, concentrating on providing
management and technical services for small businesses in the construction industries. He was immediately
joined by his eldest brother, Troy Alley, Jr., who also had graduated from SMU’s MBA program in the area of
Real Estate Studies.

Gerald and Troy began the firm as a consultant service business, but immediately decided to transform the
business into a full service construction and real estate firm. Con-Real was established with a mission to change
the perception of African-American owned businesses in the Construction and Real Estate industry. By utilizing
strong management and technical tools, Con-Real built the reputation of delivering excellent services to its
clients. For over 35 years, the company has diligently concentrated on providing complete Construction and Real
Estates Services to Fortune 500 companies nationally. The company has also been recognized by state agencies,
federal agencies and by many trade groups as a leader and trailblazer for successfully delivering high quality
services. As co-founder and president of Con-Real, LP, the company has achieved the brand of being one of the
most successful African American Owned Construction and Real Estate firm in the Southwest United States.
Con-Real has offices in multiple states including Arkansas.

In the area community and philanthropy development, Mr. Alley serves as the co-founder of the Gerald
and Candace Alley Family Foundation which supports many organizations to help educational needs of
underprivileged students from K – Higher Education. He also is a major sponsor and supporter of the Alley
Scholars program that has provided scholarships for over 300 students in several states.

As President and CEO of Con-Real and its related companies, including The Alley Group, a nationwide program
management organization, Bravado, a real estate and hospitality development firm, Mr. Alley provides leadership
for these entities. Through his vision, these entities have made remarkable growth and progress for over four
decades, operating on local, regional, and national levels. Mr. Alley, a multi- talented individual, has been active
in numerous capacities in the community as well.
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