David S. Cordish (born January 30, 1940)[1] is an American real estate developer, son of Paul L. Cordish, and the third generation CEO and Chairman of The Cordish Companies.

David S. Cordish
Born (1940-01-30) January 30, 1940 (age 84)
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationB.A. Johns Hopkins University
J.D. University of Maryland Law School
M.L.A. Johns Hopkins University
Known forCEO and Chairman of Cordish Company
Spouse(s)Penny Arden Sales (divorced)
Suzi Keats
Childrenwith Sales:
--Jonathan Cordish
--Blake Cordish
--Reed Cordish
Parent(s)Ethel Patz Cordish
Paul L. Cordish



David S. Cordish was born in Baltimore, the son of Ethel (née Patz) and Paul L. Cordish.[2] 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.[3][4][5] His father also was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1934 to represent the 4th legislative district in Baltimore City.[2]

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;[6] and in 1965, he earned a M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University.[1] In 1968, he joined The Cordish Company (currently The Cordish Companies)[5] 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) in both the Carter and Reagan Administrations.[1][6]

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, 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. Cordish 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. Cordish was the recipient of the 2004 Johns Hopkins Real Estate Program’s Leadership Award,[7] 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.[1]

Personal life


He has two brothers: Joel A. Cordish 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.[2] His brother Joel was paralyzed by a gunshot wound during an attempted robbery, while pursuing his doctorate in Michigan.[8][6] In 1964, he married his college sweetheart, Penny Arden Sales (born 1940)[9][6] who was also Jewish.[10] They had three sons: Jonathan Cordish, Blake Cordish, and Reed Cordish.[6][11] 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).[5] The couple divorced in 1987.[6] Penny is a professor at Goucher College.[12] He is remarried to Suzi (née Keats) Cordish (born 1956).[13][14]


  1. ^ a b c d 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
  2. ^ a b c Briggs, Johnathon E. (April 9, 2003). "Paul L. Cordish, 93, founder of law firm, city delegate". The Baltimore Sun.
  3. ^ Cordish Companies: Legal Archived 2014-11-21 at the Wayback Machine retrieved September 22, 2014
  4. ^ Bloodhorse.com: "Five Questions: David Cordish" by Evan Hammonds January 18, 2010
  5. ^ a b c Cordish Companies: People Archived 2014-11-21 at the Wayback Machine retrieved September 21, 2014
  6. ^ a b c d e f Hiaasen, Rob (February 4, 1996). "Power Play Look homeward: David Cordish relishes the challenge of a project in his own city". The Baltimore Sun. pp. 1, 4 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "The Cordish Companies". www.cordish.com. Archived from the original on 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  8. ^ "Joel Abraham Cordish dies at 67".
  9. ^ "Bride of Mr. Cordish". The Baltimore Sun. April 19, 1964.
  10. ^ "Penelope Arden Sales has been awarded the degree of bachelor of arts cum laude from Goucher College Towson Md". Cincinnati Post – via Newspapers.com. An English major she was recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was also president of the Jewish Students Assn at the college. Miss Sales is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Adolph Sales of Avondale
  11. ^ Goucher College Reunion brochure April 2014
  12. ^ Baltimore Business Journals: "Penelope "Penny" Cordish" retrieved September 22, 2014
  13. ^ 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 Archived 2015-03-04 at the Wayback Machine October 28, 2011
  14. ^ 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