He enjoys the business of enjoyment

A DRINK WITH

A Drink With Reed Cordish

December 04, 2005

Reed Cordish, 31 and single, is a vice president of The Cordish Company, a Baltimore-based national real estate development company, run by his father, David Cordish. Reed and his brother, Blake, oversee entertainment, restaurant, club and mixed-use divisions. We met with him at Rams Head Tavern at Power Plant Live!, a Cordish project.

Since much of your business involves projects including nightclubs and restaurants, is it hard for you to go out and relax?

I've been told it's hard for me to go out and relax anytime! I'm always looking for ideas and things I think people would enjoy. That is what I enjoy.

You must be loads of fun on a date!

Dates are like working on a [project] concept. You don't always get it right, but you keep trying.

When you're on a date, are you always looking around at the restaurant or club and looking for work ideas?

No, ... I'm only concentrating on my date! Listening to every word. She's the only thing on my mind.

Since you travel so much for business, is it hard to maintain a social or personal life?

What's a personal life?

Are your friends mostly around your age?

I find younger people really interesting. And because of work, I'm also around older people a lot and I'm interested in them and their experience. I can hang out in the club scene and the boardroom scene. ... It's fun to experience things that may not be entirely comfortable ... because I think you learn about yourself and find you might not fit in the label you thought you did. Part of what we do, workwise, is try to take people out of their everyday world, and expose them to something different.

What are some of those "different" experiences for you?

The whole live music world. When you get into those subcultures. It's a very unique world. Unique people. ... Another example ... we're doing work with NASCAR. When I see 500,000 people completely absorbed in an event, it's hard not to get engaged.

Work is really fun for you, isn't it?

For someone to understand me, they have to understand my work. I don't think you can divorce yourself from work.

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