40 Under 40: They’re at the Top of Their Field, and They’re Just Getting Started

Baltimore Magazine
June 2001

It’s one thing to have the dreaded "p"-word: potential. It’s another thing to live up to it. That’s where the 40 success stores we profile in this feature come in. These young people didn’t sit around patiently waiting for their turn. They, well, cut in line-achieving early success through an intangible mixture of talent, nerve, skill, connections, and smarts. To make our Top 40 (and Casey Kasem has nothing on us), you had to be more than a rising star, you had to already be a star. Do we expect more greatness from these people to come? You bet. Are they already great? We certainly think so.

Reed Cordish, 26, Vice President of Development, The Cordish Company

Blake Cordish, 30, Vice President, The Cordish Company

John Cordish, 33, Vice President, Riggs Capital Partners

Well-rounded. That’s the phrase that comes to mind when describing the Cordish scions. Oh sure, you look at their job titles and you think: two developers and a venture capitalist – not exactly stunning vocations for the sons of David Cordish, the local development mogul. But look again. Reed, for example, was a world-class tennis player and won the Princeton University American Literature Award in 1996. Blake graduated magna cum laude from Princeton and he is extremely active on several local boards, including MPT and the Living Classrooms Foundation. As for John, the family renegade? Before joining Riggs, he founded Seventh Art Releasing, a still-thriving independent motion picture distribution company that released The Long Way Home, the 1998 Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary.

Reed says that their mother, Penelope Cordish, an English professor at Goucher, played a huge role in her sons’ diversity. "My mother was instrumental in getting us to look beyond our comfort zone," he says. "Both my parents were constantly pushing us to not only do what we were doing well, but to strive to broaden ourselves and experience multiple aspects of life."

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