The Cordish Companies
David Cordish isn’t comfortable taking credit for the success of the Cordish Companies, one of the largest and oldest privately held development companies in the United States, which includes Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland.
“I have one word that explains any success I have had, and it’s family,” the chairman said in 2017. “I had two wonderful parents, Paul and Ethel Cordish, and I have three sons in the business with me as executives, Jon, Blake and Reed Cordish. My sons have lifted the company, and I maybe help a little, but my sons are extraordinary.”
Cordish said he’s proudest of the continued growth of the companies’ six divisions: real estate development, Live districts, gaming and hospitality, sports-anchored developments, entertainment management and international urban planning and development.
The Cordish Companies have been a prominent developer of entertainment venues in urban areas near sports venues, including the Fox Sports Midwest Live in the St. Louis Ballpark Village around the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium and the $250 million Texas Live mixed-use project between the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park and the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
Cordish could live anywhere he wishes but is still happy to call Baltimore home. “I think of myself as a kid who grew up in Baltimore city and never left,” he said. “I have lived my entire life in Baltimore.”
Cordish served in the Carter and Reagan administrations as the head of the Urban Development Action Grant program and has served on numerous local, state and national boards.
The Cordish Companies were started by Cordish’s grandfather in the early 1900s ,and Cordish’s father was actively involved in the companies for 70 years.
“We are proud of the fact that we are more than 100 years old, with our fourth generation running our major divisions, and all of the divisions are growing rapidly without friction among the generations,” Cordish said. “Nobody outworks us.”
What is the one decision you made in life that had the biggest impact on your career?
Going to Washington, D.C., to serve in the Carter and Reagan administrations as head of the federal government’s Urban Development Action Grant Program taught me that public-private partnerships are the key to urban revitalization and placemaking.