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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.