David S. Cordish
|David S. Cordish|
|Born||January 30, 1940|
|Residence||Anne Arundel County, Maryland|
|Education||B.A. Johns Hopkins University|
J.D. University of Maryland Law School
M.L.A. Johns Hopkins University
|Known for||CEO and Chairman of Cordish Company|
|Spouse(s)||Penny Sales (divorced)|
|Parent(s)||Sylvia Cohn Bloom|
Paul L. Cordish
David S. Cordish was born to a Jewish family in Baltimore, the son of Sylvia Cohn Bloom and Paul L. Cordish. His father founded the Cordish Law Firm which served as and continues to serve as the legal arm of the Cordish Company which was founded by his grandfather, Louis Cordish in 1910. His father also was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1934 to represent the 4th legislative district in Baltimore City.
In 1956, he graduated from Baltimore City College at the age of 16. In 1960, he earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University; in 1963, he earned a J.D. from the University of Maryland Law School where he was on the Board of Editors of the Law Review; and in 1965, he earned a M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University. In 1968, he joined The Cordish Company (currently The Cordish Companies) and began developing regional, community and neighborhood shopping centers and office buildings. with intermediate stints as chair of the Baltimore City Housing Authority (1972-1974) where he helped mediate city labor disputes; and as Director of Urban Development Action Grant program in Washington D.C. at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (UDAG) on both the Carter and Reagan Administrations.
In 1981, after having interrupted a successful development career to serve as Director of UDAG, he began a second division of the company that specializes in the development and redevelopment of multi-use downtown urban projects. In addition to his service at HUD, Mr. Cordish has been appointed to a variety of civic leadership positions as well as serving on numerous national, state, and local boards both professionally and charitably. He has chaired the Baltimore City Housing Authority, the Baltimore City Harbor Endowment Foundation, and several public policy task forces appointed at various times by the Mayors of Baltimore. Mr. Cordish has served as a pro bono consultant and mediator for Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College (currently Loyola University Maryland), Stevenson University, and other non-profit entities in dealing with major development projects and relationships with the neighborhoods around them. Mr. Cordish was the recipient of the 2004 Johns Hopkins Real Estate Program’s Leadership Award, and numerous other regional and national honors and awards.
As of 2010, The Cordish Companies has grown to over $1 billion in sales under his stewardship.
He has two brothers: Joel A. Cordish Z"L of Jerusalem and Michael Cordish of Rehovot, Israel; and three stepsiblings: Howard Paul Bloom of Lake Hill, N.Y.; Susan F. Abramson of Finksburg; and Marilyn E. Bloom of Pleasant Hill, California. His brother Joel was paralyzed by a gunshot wound during an attempted robbery, while pursuing his doctorate in Michigan. His brothers, Joel and Michael, both became more religious, following Orthodox Judaism and moved to Israel while he remained in Baltimore to run the family company.
He married his college sweetheart, Penny (née Sales) Cordish (born 1940); they had three sons: Jonathan Cordish, Blake Cordish, and Reed Cordish. As of 2014, all three of his sons serve with The Cordish Companies: Jonathan (Vice President of Private Equity Holdings), Blake (Vice President of Real Estate Development), and Reed (Vice President of Entertainment Management). The couple divorced in 1987. Penny is a professor at Goucher College. He is remarried to Suzi (née Keats) Cordish (born 1956).
- Baltimore Business Journal: "David S. Cordish, 2010 Newsmaker of the Year (Video) - Baltimore developer has appetite for competition" by Daniel J. Sernovitz December 31, 2010
- Baltimore Sun: "Paul L. Cordish, 93, founder of law firm, city delegate" By Johnathon E. Briggs April 09, 2003
- Cordish Companies: Legal Archived 2014-11-21 at the Wayback Machine. retrieved September 22, 2014
- Bloodhorse.com: "Five Questions: David Cordish" by Evan Hammonds January 18, 2010
- Cordish Companies: People Archived 2014-11-21 at the Wayback Machine. retrieved September 21, 2014
- "Power Play Look homeward: David Cordish relishes the challenge of a project in his own city". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
- Baltimore Sun: "Power Play Look homeward: David Cordish relishes the challenge of a project in his own city" By Rob Hiaasen February 04, 1996
- "The Cordish Companies". www.cordish.com. Archived from the original on 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
- Goucher College Reunion brochure April 2014
- Baltimore Business Journals: "Penelope "Penny" Cordish" retrieved September 22, 2014
- Baltimore Sun: "Celebrity traveler: Suzi Cordish shares her valley fever - Arts advocate feels at home amid Hudson River Valley's natural beauty" By Stephanie Citron October 28, 2011
- Baltimore Sun: "From Sun Magazine: David Cordish Q&A - Developer David Cordish doubles down with a new casino near Arundel Mills and a revamped Power Plant Live!" By Sam Sessa September 23, 2011