COPT announces Steve Budorick to succeed Roger Waesche as President and CEO

COPTCorporate Office Properties Trust (“COPT” or the “Company”) of Columbia, MD announced on February 12 that Stephen Budorick will be appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective after the Company’s May 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.  Mr. Budorick, who currently serves as COPT’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will succeed Roger A. Waesche, Jr.  Mr. Waesche will leave the Board at the end of his current term in May and the Board intends to appoint Mr. Budorick to the Board after the Annual Meeting.

“Succession planning has long been a priority for the Board and in Steve we have the ideal person with the vision to lead COPT forward,” said Thomas Brady, Chairman of COPT’s Board of Trustees.  “Since joining COPT in 2011, Steve has been an extremely valuable member of our management team.  He is a proven leader whose deep operating experience and track record of creating value will enable the Company to benefit from more predictable growth fueled by developing primarily for customers in our Defense/IT locations.”

“I am honored to lead COPT as we advance to our next stage of investment and growth,” said Mr. Budorick.  “Among office REITs, COPT is differentiated by our unique franchise of operating and developing specialized buildings that serve the U.S. Government and high-tech defense contractors, including defense information technology companies, cyber security firms and other contractors engaged in carrying out critical aspects of national security.  Our customers rely on our office buildings to execute their missions in safe, efficient environments and in specific locations.  I will continue to work closely with our Board and talented team to execute our well-defined strategy to create lasting value for our customers, employees and shareholders.”

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Roger for his extraordinary service over 30 years at the Company, including the last four as CEO,” stated Mr. Brady.  “Roger led COPT through a pivotal time of transition.  Among his many accomplishments, he enhanced our strategic focus by repositioning our portfolio and improved our financial strength by reducing debt and obtaining investment grade credit ratings.  We are grateful for his many years of contributions, which have helped position COPT for long-term success.”


“I am extremely proud of what we have achieved together during my tenure at COPT and remain excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the Company,” said Mr. Waesche.  “As we look forward, Steve has the right combination of skills and experience to take the Company to its next level of operational and financial excellence.  He has been a great partner and I look forward to working with him to ensure a seamless transition over the next several months.”


Steve Budorick Biography

A 33-year veteran of the commercial real estate and asset management industry, Mr. Budorick has served as COPT’s EVP and COO since September 2011.  He oversees the Company’s operations, including its asset management, property management, leasing and government services.  Prior to joining COPT, Mr. Budorick was Executive Vice President of Asset Management at Callahan Capital Partners.  He also served as Executive Vice President at Trizec Properties, Inc. and Executive Vice President in charge of third-party management and leasing at Miglin Beitler Management Company.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Budorick worked in asset management at LaSalle Partners, Inc. and in facilities management and planning at the American Hospital Association.  Mr. Budorick earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Source: COPT