About Us

Cason Development Group is a commercial real estate development firm located in South Carolina, and focused on small to midsize development projects in the Columbia area as well as tenant-focused development outside Columbia.


Our Vision Statement

Cason Development Group will remain steadfast in its desire to be the industry leader in character and integrity as well as in the business of commercial real estate.  We will grow with our client’s needs and as our markets increase, while focusing on long term relationships and product diversification.  We will remain committed to honesty, integrity, creativity, and excellence in all of our partner relationships.  Our company growth will allow us to hire, train and grow people who are committed to long term excellence and continual improvement, and where they can grow personally, professionally and spiritually.


Our Mission Statement

We serve businesses who desire to grow by consulting and coordinating with their internal team to
recognize long term financial success in operations and real estate.


Our Values

  • Accurate  We are precise in the answers and information we provide to our clients and partners.
  • Adaptable  We value and encourage new ideas. We anticipate and respond quickly to changes in our industry and workplace.
  • Dependable  We do what we say we are going to do when we say we are going to do it. Our clients count on us to provide solutions quickly for their most difficult business challenges.
  • Encouraging  We serve our clients and one another in a joyful manner, being patient, gracious, and forgiving.
  • Knowledgeable  We have extensive knowledge of our clients’ needs, the real estate industry, and our client’s operations. Our team is strongly encouraged to pursue relevant professional education.
  • Results-Oriented  We deliver superior business performance in a highly competitive environment. We are committed to hard work and personal accountability.

Our Team

Frank Cason

Frank Cason brings over 10 years of experience to his new venture having worked as a senior brokerage associate for eight years with Colliers-Keenan, now Colliers International, and the last two and a half years with Cypress Real Estate Partners purchasing and developing retail projects valued at more than $30 million. He has deep roots in Columbia’s business and development community, his great-grandfather Joseph Walker having developed the Forest Hills neighborhood in the late 1920s. He is an active member at First Presbyterian Church and has served in numerous leadership roles inside the church including the board of Deacons, pastoral search committee, and officer nominating committee.

Hannah Thickens
Executive Assistant

Hannah Thickens joined the Cason Development Group, LLC in January 2017 after working in human resources and operations management for a private law firm. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Leadership from Columbia International University in 2014. In addition to her operations management role with Cason Development, Hannah assists with marketing, research, and preparation of development proposals.
In her spare time, Hannah enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband Joe, doing creative projects and cooking. Hannah and Joe are active members of Shandon Baptist Church.

Frank Dougherty
Development Coordinator

Frank Dougherty joined Cason Development Group, LLC in August of 2016. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Real Estate, Frank began with Cason Development Group working in property management and leasing and is now responsible for assisting in all facets of the development process from site selection to construction closeout. He is also responsible for the leasing and property management of several properties including a 64,000 square foot office building, BI-LO shopping center, residential apartments and self-storage facility. Originally from Charleston, he enjoys spending time on boat as well as playing and watching sports.

John T. Metts
Development Associate

John Metts joined the Cason Development Group, LLC in 2018 as a Development Associate after previously working in commercial real estate brokerage. His primary focus is on new development opportunities and building new tenant relationships. During his career, John’s experience covers shopping center leasing and sales, site selection, tenant representation and investment sales. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with dual degrees in History and Political Science. While attending South Carolina he competed on the Men’s Swimming and Diving team. He still enjoys swimming and is a proud Columbia native.