Cordish Chairman and CEO, David Cordish, Named to Maryland Daily Record’s 2022 Power 30 Business List
Introducing The Daily Record’s 2022 Power 30 Business List
The business landscape in Maryland is a varied one. We’re home to internationally known companies, innovative startups, homegrown businesses — and everything in between. The men and women who make up our Power 30 Business List illustrate the richness of our state’s business environment. Some are founders of their companies. Many have transformed venerable businesses. Others are building units within existing companies. And there are those whose longevity in maintaining and growing what started out as family concerns is a source of inspiration for others who want to leave their own mark. This list was chosen by our editorial team. We reached out to readers and others for input and perspective. Many of the Power 30 are familiar to all of us, but some are known only inside their organizations or communities. In these pages we explore how these leaders first became interested in their careers, how they see their role and the mentors who helped pave the path of growth. And we learn what endeavors they might have embarked on if their current careers had not been in the cards. This list is part of a series of Power Lists throughout 2022 that will showcase the most influential figures in law, higher education, health care, business, financial services and other fields. At the end of the year, we’ll offer a special Power Book that pulls these lists together and provides other information about critical sectors of Maryland’s economy.
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DAVID CORDISH, CHAIRMAN & CEO, THE CORDISH COMPANIES
In 1963, David Cordish joined The Cordish Companies, a Baltimore-based real estate development company founded in 1910 by his grandfather, Louis Cordish. In the late 1960s, he took over as chairman and CEO, and for five decades he has overseen the company’s growth into an internationally recognized real estate developer. Cordish has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University and an LLB from the University of Maryland Law School. His career has included service in law, government and commercial businesses and he served in both the Carter and Reagan administrations as head of the Urban Development Action Grant Program.
What’s the most important thing you do in your job? Acting as a quarterback or coordinator between our various divisions.
Who was your most significant mentor, and what did you learn from that person? My father. He taught me to always play it down the middle and to ethically never cross the line.
If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing? Cordish is in several industries, including real estate development, casinos, entertainment districts, sports-anchored projects, hotels, residential, restaurants and co-working, so it’s hard to say what another interest would be. I have zero interest in retiring. I love the challenge of being in business, creating thousands of jobs, and interacting with our customers. At the end of the day, business is business. It’s problem-solving and getting along with people.