The Southeast’s Premier Commercial Real Estate Development Firm

Headquartered in Greenville, SC

Relationships Are The Cornerstone To Success

So many things determine success: timing, expertise, skill, experience, market knowledge. But most of all, success lives and breathes on the relationships you establish. No matter how big the company or organization, it all comes down to working with people.

At Contender, we have been fortunate to work with the finest individuals and companies across a wide range of commercial industries, in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. At Contender, we partner with companies that share our integrity and commitment to create premier developments and businesses that we can be proud of collectively.

Who Is Contender?

A development company focused on land development, hotels, and restaurants
Combined experience 50+ years
More than 4,000 acres for development owned in SC, NC, GA & FL
One billion in active developments

Industry Partners

$1.25 B

In Active Developments




Automotive Dealerships

“From day one, our vision has been to partner with like-minded companies and individuals to create highly successful developments that bring value to the communities in which they are located. Together, with our partners, we have part of some of the most renowned residential, hotel, restaurant, and apartment projects in the southeast.”
Ford Elliott
Contender Founder & CEO

The Contender Advantage

Deep knowledge of southeast market
Experience in commercial and mixed-use sectors
Relationship-based approach
Strong belief in collaborating toward shared goals
Honesty and integrity in all that we do
Commitment to enhance our communities

A Team You Can Trust

Ford’s mother once gave him some advice that remains close to his heart: “Give your 100% best every day and you can achieve anything.” That has served as a credo for Contender—and a core value that he has passed down to everyone in the company. He says: “We want to work with the best partners, hire the best people, and always do what we say we will do. Those three things have helped us grow and achieve the success we have today. They are the foundation of our business.”