WHITE MARSH, MD—Edward St. John, Founder and Chairman of St. John Properties, Inc., the real estate development company behind Greenleigh at Crossroads, has been recognized by The Daily Record in the publication’s inaugural “Power 100” list. The “Power 100” includes men and women across Maryland “who are shaping our businesses, governments, nonprofits, law firms and other critical institutions.”
St. John was named eighth in the overall list and was the highest-ranking commercial real estate executive to be recognized. The top three honorees were Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland House speaker Adrienne Jones, and Maryland Senate president Bill Ferguson. Nine professionals, engaged exclusively in the commercial real estate industry, earned placement on the list.
Founded in 1971 and headquartered in Baltimore, St. John Properties is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest privately held commercial real estate firms. The company is distinguished by their commitment to customer service, achievements in green building, and top-rated workplace culture. Throughout St. John Properties’ 50-year history, the company has developed more than 21 million square feet of flex/R&D, Office, Retail and Warehouse space serving more than 2,500 clients in Maryland, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Utah, and Wisconsin. The company’s real estate investments exceed $3.5 billion.
“The Daily Record has compiled a who’s who list of individuals who have demonstrated long-term leadership and sustained success and who have provided philanthropic support throughout the State of Maryland. I am honored and humbled to be included among so many industry and community leaders,” said Ed St. John. “We have assembled an extremely talented, hard-working and loyal team at St. John Properties that I consider the best the commercial real estate industry has to offer, and I share this award with our entire organization.”
Over $65 million has been donated and pledged through the Edward St. John Foundation, St. John Properties, and Mr. St. John to more than 350 educational and non-profit organizations throughout the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This includes $10 million to develop the St. John Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he earned an electrical engineering degree.
In recent years, Edward St. John was named the CEO of the Year by The Baltimore Business Journal in 2019, and was recognized as an Icon Honoree by The Daily Record and earned entry in the Maryland Business and Civic Hall of Fame from The Baltimore Sun in 2018. St. John Properties was also awarded First Place 2020 Best Places to Work for Large Businesses by The Baltimore Business Journal and was the named national developer of the year by NAIOP, the commercial real estate professional trade association with more than 50,000 members, in 2018.
St. John was the only commercial real estate professional to earn the highlighted Top 15 ranking. According to Tom Baden, editor of The Daily Record, “this additional ranking was created to recognize the top of the top” in the overall list of 100 nominees.