About Us

RCB Development was founded in 2010 by Reed Brownell and Russell Canard—former Washington, DC real estate professionals with Charleston ties.

We have since created the infrastructure for a fully integrated real estate development and investment management platform that operates in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States, with concentration in the thriving Charleston, SC and Washington, DC markets. Our team invests with a long-term focus and an acute awareness to the nuances of each unique deal over multiple asset classes. We oversee a vertical process from start to finish, always remaining hands-on, but never formulaic in the way that we do business.

As “boots on the ground,” we tap into local relationships to garner insight and move swiftly. Local market knowledge, creative incentive structures, and flexible deal arrangements make our team both savvy and dexterous—creating tangible results for our clients. 

RCB’s primary focus is delivering superior risk-adjusted returns to our investors by applying a value-oriented philosophy with institutional quality management to real estate investing.
— Russell


We are a team of insightful real estate professionals who help our clients make the most out of their investments. Working with RCB Development means a transparent process and a friendly, professional relationship.

Russell Canard

Managing Partner

russell@rcbdevelopment.com // 202.441.3142

As a Managing Partner, Russell oversees all acquisitions, financing, marketing and operations for RCB Development. Prior to RCB, Russell was a principal with Cresa Partners in Washington DC, the largest tenant-only commercial real estate advisory firm in the country. Since 2001, Russell has been strategizing, developing and implementing real estate plans that are tailored to his clients’ needs, specifically with relocating, renegotiating, purchasing, expanding, and/or downsizing their office space. Russell received a B.A. in Business Management from Gettysburg College.

Reed Brownell


reed@rcbdevelopment.com // 843.860.0954

As a Managing Partner, Reed oversees all acquisitions, financing, marketing and operations for RCB Development. He honed his experience in all facets of real estate while working with Edens in Washington, DC, gaining expertise throughout the Southeast in all aspects of development, construction, management and leasing. After working with Charleston based WRS Development, Reed started his own firm (The Garrison Group), which became the precursor to the formation of RCB Development. Reed received a B.A. in English from the College of Charleston.


Alex Fraser

VP, Finance, Development & Investments

alex@rcbdevelopment.com // 843.384.1147

Alex is responsible for overseeing all finance, development and asset management on behalf of RCB Development and its partners including reporting, third party oversight and capital improvement projects. Previously, Alex worked for Edens in Washington, DC managing development activity on the Mosaic District: A two million square foot urban mixed-use development representing a total project investment of over $650 million. While with Edens, Alex gained experience as the asset manager for their Mid-Atlantic portfolio, and as a capital markets analyst underwriting over $3 billion worth of transactions. Alex received a B.S. in Financial Management from Clemson University, was a member of Teach For America and is actively involved with the Charleston executive council for ULI.

Smith Brownell

Property Manager – Associate

smith@rcbdevelopment.com // 843.437.4017

Smith is responsible for property management and lease-up of RCB’s Charleston multi-family redevelopments. He oversees all aspects of property management including leasing, marketing and capital improvement projects. Smith joined RCB Development in 2012 and has an extensive knowledge of the Charleston market, having been a resident for over 15 years. Smith obtained a B.A. in Psychology from the College of Charleston.

Historic Charleston Has a Promising Future

The Jewel Of The South

Charleston, SC has earned both national and international fanfare in publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, Forbes, Business Insider, USA Today and The Huffington Post. While Charleston welcomed 4.9 million visitors, spending an average of $188 per day, in 2014 1, The Holy City has also become an established, growing metropolitan area.

According to The Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Charleston welcomes an average of 43 new residents per day 2. Additionally, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) is investing $2 billion in capital improvements involving highway improvements, the deepening of the harbor, and the construction of a new terminal, a new intermodal container transfer facility, and an inland port in Greer, SC. Upon completion, Charleston will be the deepest port on the east coast at 52 feet.

Meanwhile, industry has thrived with a 3.1% job growth rate (2014), ranking #12 on Forbes.com

RCB Development sees Charleston both for what it is and what it is becoming: A fresh opportunity for investment. Charleston may be a historic city, but our approach behind its investments is cutting edge. The Charleston community is developing and progressing faster than ever, providing vast opportunities for savvy, forward-thinking investors.

Contact us today to begin investing in the promise of Charleston.

  1. Office of Tourism Analysis Annual Report 2014-2015; College of Charleston Office of Tourism Analysis (2016)
  2. Charleston Regional Development Alliance