Edward St. John, Founder and Chairman of St. John Properties, started the company in 1971. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, St. John Properties has developed, constructed and owns more than 23 million square feet of office, flex/research & development, retail, and warehouse space, serving more than 2,500 clients in Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Utah, and Wisconsin. In addition, St. John Properties has investments in residential projects encompassing more than 3,000 apartments. St. John Properties is at the forefront of the industry with the design and construction of 100 LEED certified buildings. Today, the company’s assets are valued at more than $5 billion. St. John Properties was named the 2018 NAIOP “National Developer of the Year” and was awarded the 2020 “Best Places to Work” by the Baltimore Business Journal (1st Place, Large Business).
In 1998 St. John established the Edward St. John Foundation, a separate 501(c)3. The mission, “to provide financial assistance to formal education programs through the high school level,” is based on the belief that “education has the power to transform lives and provide a foundation for success.” His generosity has had a pivotal impact, providing students with opportunities to place them on the path to success. He left the Foundation Board in 2007, turning philanthropic responsibility over to the other members of the Board of Trustees. More than $65 million has been donated and pledged by the Baltimore native through his philanthropy, his company and foundation. Equally important, his generosity has inspired others to give!
St. John has served on numerous boards and committees including the University of Maryland Medical Center, UMMC R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, B&O Railroad Museum, Johns Hopkins Edward St. John Real Estate Program, Maryland Academy of Sciences at the Maryland Science Center, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Baltimore Economic Development Commission, and various County Planning Boards, among others.
Long recognized for his outstanding accomplishments, St. John has received numerous honors and awards. In May 2012, he was bestowed a Doctor of Public Service from his alma mater, the University of Maryland College Park, from which he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1961. He was named #8 in the “Top 15” of the 2021 “Power 100 ” for the State of Maryland. Other awards include Maryland’s “Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year”, “Philanthropist of the Year” for Anne Arundel County, “Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year,” been given Lifetime Achievement Awards, and inductions into to several Halls of Fame.