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In the Beginning...

Corporate Biography:
Since 1963 - Building Into The Future...

Property Management & Leasing Division

Pettit Companies, a third generation, family-owned business, founded in 1963 by John H. Pettit, has focused on the development of residential, light industrial warehouse, office, and retail properties. The company has developed and built over 5500 residential units in 50 communities and more than a half million square feet of commercial space in 13 buildings in Montgomery County. The majority of these properties are still owned and managed by the principals of Pettit Companies, who continue to control of the various functions of the full-service real estate development firm giving our customers the Advantage of Quality and Value Since 1963.

Company Timeline
1960 - 1969
1963

Pettit & Griffin, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Maryland.

1963

First Pettit & Griffin residential community breaks ground.

1970-1979
1972

Howard D. Griffin, founder of Pettit & Griffin, retires from the business due to illness.

1974

Howard D. Griffin dies from illness.

1973

John Pettit becomes President of Metropolitan Washington Builders Association.

1979

Pettit & Griffin, Inc. is awarded “Medium” volume builder of the year from Suburban Maryland Home Builders Association.

1980 - 1989
1980

Flower Hill, a 2025 residential & commercial mixed-use project in Gaithersburg breaks ground.

1985

Pettit & Griffin, Inc. breaks ground on a 130,000 SF industrial warehouse and flex space project for lease in Gaithersburg, MD which becomes one of their first ground-up properties.

1988

Pettit & Griffin, Inc. celebrates 25 years of business with record sales of $25M.

1984

Corporate Management, Inc. is formed to offer commercial leasing and property management services to commercial properties.

1987

Flower Hill Shopping Center, a 93,840 SF retail shopping center development, in the Flower Hill community opens its doors.

1989

Plantations I & II, a 700 unit residential subdivision in Damascus, MD, was completed—this was Pettit & Griffin, Inc.’s second largest project

1990 - 1999
1990

Flower Hill Professional Center, a 76,000SF office and medical property, opens its doors.

1994

John H. Pettit passes away.

1994

Richard Pettit becomes President and CEO.

1993

Pettit & Griffin, Inc. receives “Builder & Developer” of the year from Flower Hill Central Corporation.

1994

Montgomery College Endowment Scholarship Fund is established in honor of John for students in the Building Trades Technical Program.

1996

Richard Pettit becomes President of Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association.

2000 - 2009
2001

Richard Pettit receives the Milton E. Ketler Award.

2003

Pettit & Griffin, Inc. is restructured for legal and accounting purposes and becomes Pettit Companies.

2002

Pettit Development is established as the company’s Land Development and Excavation division.

2010 - Present
2011

Richard Pettit’s son, Brian, joins the family business full-time as the start of the third generation.