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David Cordish


cordish-david-submittedDavid 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 among its projects.

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 around the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium and the $250 million Texas Live mixed-use project.

Cordish served in the Carter and Reagan administrations as the head of the Urban Development Action Grant program.

What is the one decision you made in life that had the biggest impact on your career?

Going to Washington 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.

What’s been the key to your success?

I have one word that explains any success I have had, and it’s family. 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.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.