David Cordish - Bio

David S. Cordish is Chairman of The Cordish Companies.

Mr. Cordish has a B.A. and a Masters in Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University.  He has an LLB degree from the University of Maryland Law School and was on the Board of Editors of the Law Review.  His career has included service in law, government, and commercial businesses.  He served in both the Carter and Reagan Administrations as head of the Urban Development Action Grant Program.
He is Chairman of one of the largest and oldest privately-held development companies in the United States.  The Cordish Companies is headquartered in Baltimore, and was originally started by his grandfather in the early 1900’s.  David’s father was an active participant for over 70 years, and David’s three sons, Jon, Blake, and Reed Cordish, the fourth generation, are presently executives at the Company.  Cordish has six distinct thriving divisions:

    • Real estate development;
    • Live! districts;
    • Gaming and hospitality;
    • Sports anchored developments;
    • Entertainment management; and
    • International urban planning and development. 

The Cordish Companies is widely recognized as one of the leaders nationally in the field of entertainment development and its own operation of entertainment venues, restaurants, live performance, and gaming.  The Company owns and manages over 60 million square feet of commercial, hotel, and residential development.

 The Cordish Companies is the only development company to receive seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence.  The Company has partnered with two dozen City, State, County, and Indian Nations to co-develop projects and is unique in its depth of experience in public/private development.  The Company also has partnerships with a large number of major league sports franchises across the U.S.  In addition, the Company has received the Most Inclusive Corporation of the Year Award for Minority Business, and the Bridging the Gap Award for Key Partnership and Strategic Alliance.

Mr. Cordish has served on numerous national, state, and local boards, including professional, civic, and charitable.  He has acted as a pro bono consultant to Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College, Stevenson University, and other non-profit entities.  Mr. Cordish was the recipient of the Johns Hopkins Real Estate Program’s Leadership Award, the David M. Sampson Award by the Greater Baltimore Urban League, the Baltimore WaveMaker Lifetime Achievement Award by the Urban Land Institute, and the Daily Record’s Most Admired CEO Award.  Mr. Cordish is the recipient of numerous other regional and national honors and awards.