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David W. Green

Founder & CEO

David Green has leveraged his legal and business experience to establish an entrepreneurial career in a variety of fields. Before finishing his undergraduate studies at Alma College (BA, History, with Honors), David worked for a year in the United States House of Representatives. He also spent a year teaching History and Mathematics at Mayflower School in Ikenne, Nigeria.  

While practicing business and real estate law, David became the Founding Director of a firm focusing on resort, commercial, and residential real estate and construction. They also had interests in professional sports and the retail automotive business. For two decades, David led the acquisition, development, and operations of five professional sports teams. He was also instrumental in establishing Michigan’s largest automotive dealership group. 

His real estate experience extended from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Eleuthera, The Bahamas, where he played a key role in constructing and operating a port of call, for Princess Cruise Lines, as well as the re-development of Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina, working with three Prime Ministers of The Bahamas. David’s legacy in The Bahamas was capped with his role as Founding Director and Chairman of The Island School, an international high school semester program, scientific research institute, and middle school located at Cape Eleuthera.  

David’s role as a behavioral healthcare executive was inspired by his wife Rae’s vision. Together, they sought to elevate the quality and availability of substance use disorder, eating disorder, and mental health treatment in Michigan, their home state. Over eight years, David has directed all aspects of Sanford Behavioral Health’s development, operations, and growth. Sanford has grown from a ten-bed women’s addiction treatment center to a 160-bed residential and outpatient program providing progressive medical and clinical behavioral health services.  

David says, “I strive to create unique and comfortable spaces. With Sanford Behavioral Health, our patients inspire us to be exceptional in everything we do.”