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 team as Executive Assistant; she contributes to office organization and administration; with background in human resources and operations management she assists with the day-to-day in the office. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Leadership from Columbia International University. 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 began working with Cason Development Group in August of 2016 after earning his bachelor’s degree in Real Estate from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. His main responsibilities include leasing and property management of all Cason Real Estate holdings as well as assisting in all facets of the development process from site selection to construction closeout. Originally from Charleston, Frank’s hobbies include playing golf, boating, watching sports, and spending time with friends.

John T. Metts
Development Associate

Cason Development Group grew the team with an additional member as a Development Associate. John Metts previously worked in commercial real estate brokerage where he focused on shopping center representation and site selection. John’s role within the Cason Development Group is to find new development opportunities and build new tenant relationships. He is a Columbia native and graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina as a student athlete.