Village Green is helmed by the team of Diane Batayeh, Chief Executive Officer; Barbara Hale, EVP of Sales and Marketing; and Mirriam Livingstone, VP of Operations Services.

Originally founded in 1919, Village Green has evolved from building single-family homes locally into one of the nation’s largest privately held apartment companies. Nearly 100 years later its goal has remained the same: to help people “Live Better, Live Social and Live Green.”

And while the name Village Green originally symbolized the creation and management of apartments that fostered a sense of community, much like the historic village greens of England. Today, it also represents a commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility—the latter highlighted when the City of Detroit bestowed upon the company the Spirit of Detroit Award for its contribution to the city’s economic revitalization.

Village Green assists owners in renovating and building communities using environmentally-friendly materials and energy efficient products, often incorporating 24/7/365 business centers that lead to reduced commuting, bike storage and repair facilities, green rooftops, as well as air and water quality programs. Yet it wasn’t always a multifamily developer; it was only in the 1950s that the company began to expand into apartment, condo and commercial building. Village Green Management Co. and the Village Green apartment brand was established in 1966 as a separate division exclusively for developing, building and managing communities. By the late 1970s Village Green was pushing innovations in business, marketing, technology and design that over the course of nearly four decades transformed the company into a national apartment industry leader. In 2011, Compatriot Capital, a division of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., became owners in Village Green.

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Sule Aygoren

Aygoren oversees the editorial direction and content for ALM’s Real Estate Media Group, including Real Estate Forum and In her tenure with ALM, she’s held roles of increasing responsibility, including Managing Editor. Aygoren has received several awards for her coverage including Best Trade Magazine Report from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and the James D. Carper Award for Young Journalists. Under her direction, Forum has received four national NAREE awards for Best Commercial Real Estate Trade Magazine.

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