About Us

We Create Luxury Lifestyles

Based in Westlake, Ohio, Banyan Living is the multi-family property management arm of Banyan Realty Partners. We are comprised of a passionate, dedicated team of specialists that create catered lifestyle experiences for our residents and rewarding growth opportunities for our employees. At Banyan Living, we take pride in offering a variety of best-in-class lifestyle accommodations. It shows in our achievements such as winning multiple NOAA Gold Awards including Overall Community Appeal. This award-winning service is accomplished through unique amenities, luxurious surroundings and comfortable living atmospheres combined with our outstanding customer service. You deserve to be treated with the utmost respect, professionalism and consideration. Our Banyan Living culture reflects that and provides memorable living experiences with value, comfort and residents’ needs in mind.

The Banyan Mission

Whether you’re a prospective investor or resident, it is our mission to provide the most value for your financial goals and lifestyle.

The Banyan Vision

Our vision is to create exceptional, innovative, personalized and valuable business and living experiences for our investment partners and residents.

Banyan Values

Outstanding Customer Service

We treat everyone with respect and pride ourselves on conscientiousness. Every member of our team is not only knowledgable, but approachable, congenial and accessible. 

Exceptional Experiences

Imagine the most hospitable travel experience you’ve ever had; where every one of your needs is attended to before having to ask. Now picture all those needs fulfilled with courtesy and timeliness. This is the Banyan approach to our residents’ needs.

The Banyan Executive Team

The Banyan Living team leverages a strong, positive company culture as well as inviduals’ skills, knowledge and experience to offer residents superior customer service. Our team places a strong emphasis on elevating residents’ experiences, providing idyllic lifestyle amenities and addressing needs before they arise.

Phillip Philippou

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Since 1996, Phillip Philippou has developed a track record ofsuccessful real estate advisory consulting. Of particular note were Mr. Philippou’s successful string of 1031 exchange sales, purchases and subsequent financings. In addition, he excelled at creative joint venture structures, which have resulted in “win-win” situations, both for developers and property owners. Phillip’s unique family office/high-net-worth clientele have resulted in him being able to act in a unique advisory-manager capacity where he was solely responsible for the restructuring and repositioning of legacy portfolios into the modern, cash-flowing asset base that you see today.

In the past 20 years, Phillip and Banyan have a proven track record in finance, management, lease-up, renovation and repositioning of assets to optimize value. All of Banyan’s value enhancement strategies have an eye towards high overall return on investment through thoughtful risk-adjusted and tax optimization strategies.

Jean Marie Philippou

Chief Visionary Officer

As Founder, Owner and Operator of Banyan Living’s sister company Banyan Consulting, Jean Marie Philippou spearheads this dynamic vision-to-reality business strategies, solutions, project management, and concept development firm. Jean Marie has a long, proven track record of creating prestigious, ahead-of-the-curve and resilient brands, concepts and companies with integrity and authenticity. Combining her sharp, forward-thinking ideas with expert change management skills, Jean Marie develops and steers the course of each vision initiative toward its successful future—for our Banyan Living partners, clients, and team members.

Emily Truex

Vice President of Operations

Banyan Living Vice President of Operations Emily Truex displays acute industry knowledge, commanding proficiency and dedication as she leads, directs and executes on all aspects of operations. Her command of operations extends to talent management, business development, operational excellence, budget management and leasing strategy at the property site level for the entire Banyan portfolio. Additionally, Emily serves as the regulatory compliance, policies and procedures specialist for Banyan, and co-creates all Banyan training programs.

Joey Wills-McCrary

Chief Financial Officer

An Accounting Executive with over 20 years of hands-on experience, Joey is an adept leader with a proven track record of high level accomplishments while performing in fast-paced deadline driven environments. Her expertise includes project management, cash flow analysis, budgetary planning, team management, P&L variance analysis, cross-functional collaboration, and effective communication. Joey’s professionalism is further distinguished by her keen ability and established experience in managing boutique acquisitions up to multi-billion dollar real estate investments with leading-edge partners and multiple locations.

Claudia Mohsen

Regional Manager and Corporate Trainer

Since joining the Banyan Family in 2012, Regional Manager and Corporate Trainer Claudia Mohsen continues to distinguish herself, prompting her rapid growth through the Banyan ranks. Fueled by passion, a commitment to excellence and collaborative leadership style, Claudia has established aniche talent for masterfully  bringing challenged assets through stabilization. In her current role, Claudia is responsible for increasing site-level productivity via the co-creation of all training programs, of which she is responsible for implementing across the Banyan spectrum.

Doug Ferrell

Controller

Doug Ferrell adds 25 years of high-level accounting experience, backed by serving as a controller in our large-scale, multi-family market for the past 15 years. As Banyan Living Controller, Doug provides keen and expert oversight to the financial health of each property within our portfolio. His insight leads to continuous cost-savings for our partners, investors, and residents.

Kasey Carter

Director of Human Resources

Kasey is an analytically driven,  highly-motivated, deadline-committed, goal-oriented professional that comes with a proven track record of excellence with over 10 year experience within Human Resource Management.  Her highlighted career accomplishments include vast growth and implementation in areas including but not limited to; coaching; advising; recruitment and selection; benefits, onboarding, training, and employee retention.

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