IAA: Merrillville

IAA: Merrillville

IAA: Merrillville is the Local Advisory Council of the Indiana Apartment Association that serves the greater Merrillville Indiana area.

The purpose of IAA: Merrillville is to promote, advise, and protect the general interest of the construction, ownership, and management of multi-family housing by engaging and uniting industry members through informative and engaging educational and networking events.

About the Indiana Apartment Association

The Indiana Apartment Association is a statewide trade organization serving the multifamily industry in the State of Indiana

IAA Mission Statement

  1. To promote, advise and protect the general interests of the ownership and management of multi-family housing in the Indiana area by uniting those engaged in the business.
  2. To uphold the dignity of the property management profession and to acquire and disseminate useful business information among its members, to foster a spirit of cooperation among its members; to cultivate higher standards of practice and business ethics.

Contact Us

9100 Keystone Crossing, Suite 725

Indianapolis, IN 46240

Phone: (317) 816-8900

Fax: (317) 816-8911

Email: [email protected]

Board of Directors

President: Colleen LeRose, Banner Property Management, LLC

First Vice President: Suzanne Mendyke, Andover Management Corp/In Good Company

Second Vice President: Denise Webb, Prairie Point

Immediate Past President: Raquel Shamble, Andover Management Corp/In Good Company

Secretary/Treasurer: Leyla Barchett, Cressmoor Arms

Associate Representative: Trisha Weise, For Rent Media Solutions

Members at Large: Angela Fielder, Weiss Entities; Jennifer Gullette-Coleman, Creekside at Meadowbrook; Janis LaFond, Orchard Park – Chesterton; Mary Lewis, Andover Management Corp/In Good Company

IAA’s resources extend throughout the Merrillville area, the state of Indiana, and at the national level. As an IAA member, you belong to a community of professionals that share mutual goals, interests and commitments. Becoming involved with your local multifamily network will allow you to make valuable connections with peers, share knowledge and gain insights into the latest trends in your profession.

Local Benefits

State Benefits

  • Utilize the Click and Lease Program to improve accuracy, save time and money, and protect your community
  • Recruit the best talent by posting your open positions and connect with job seekers on IAA’s Career Center
  • IAA actively advocates on your behalf at the Indiana General Assembly
  • Attend the largest regional multifamily conference in the Midwest. Learn about new products and services, attend educational courses to hear nationally-known speakers and network with peers
  • Access to the IAA website that allow members to share advice on topics of professional interest
  • FREE classes to increase industry knowledge, promote professionalism, and provide better services to apartment renters and owners – all designed to increase NOI
  • Receive a free subscription to IAA’s award-winning trade publication, INSites, which keeps members informed on local, state, and national activities

National Benefits

  • Protecting the industry through local, state and national advocacy initiatives and grassroots mobilization.
  • Network and learn about national apartment trends at NAA Meetings and Expositions.
  • National award-winning monthly magazine and newsletters to keep you updated.

Upcoming Education Courses in Merrillville

Fair Housing for Maintenance

This course is designed specifically for your entire maintenance team. With discrimination complaints, testing and fines on the rise, it is imperative to abide by federal, state, and local laws regarding fair housing. Understand your role in fair housing, including the law as it applies to familial status disabilities, occupancy standards, resident selection, service animals vs. therapy animals, or companion animals.

Register your staff today to:

  • Know what to say and, more importantly, what not to say
  • Learn how to make reasonable accommodations
  • Ensure your resident relations are compliant with fair housing regulations
  • Gain practical solutions you can use tomorrow

About the Instructor:

Gavin Greene is a Regional Property Manager with Flaherty & Collins Properties and oversees operations for more than 15 properties that include more than 1,000 units.  His background includes LIHTC as well as affordable housing. 

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm CDT

Location: Brickshire Apartments (9000 Lincoln St., Merrillville, IN 46410)

Cost: FREE for members, $160 for non-members

Register now!

Disaster Preparedness: Taking the Initiative

The purpose of this course is to prepare both multifamily and commercial property staff members for natural disasters and common emergencies that can happen on site and how to handle the aftermath, when to handle responses in-house and when to call in the experts. This interactive course is targeted toward property managers, assistant property managers, maintenance, and engineers.

Learn more on how to respond to common disasters, including:

  • Fire disaster recovery, the staff role, how to build an emergency kit, securing the property in the immediate aftermath, working with a restoration company, tenant management, insurance, and longer-term reconstruction needs
  • Water damage statistics, liability from the property and tenant perspectives, damage categories and classes, assessing the issue, and how to respond and dry out
  • Mold facts and types, code requirements, assessing an issue, liability, and follow-up needs
  • Vehicle impact, storm damage, boarding up before an event, roof leaks: how to secure the property, communicating with constituents, permits, functional actions, and reconstruction

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm CDT

Location: Traditions Apartments (331 S. Boo Rd., Burns Harbor, IN 46304)

Cost: FREE for members, $160 for non-members

Instructor from: Hays & Sons

Register now!

Also coming up in:

IAA’s Northern Council Areas

South Bend

  • Aug. 16: Multifamily Marketing – Video & Social Media. Learn more.
  • Aug. 22: Front Line Leasing with Lisa Trosien. Learn more.
  • Aug. 23: Appliances 101. Learn more.


  • July 25: Active Shooter Training. Learn more.
  • Sept. 19: Leading from the Heart.
  • Oct. 25: Plumbing 101.

And more around the state!

Local Government Proposals/Ordinances Currently Under Consideration

Find out more information about these ordinances here.

Local Associate Members in the Merrillville Area

American Family Insurance

AmeriClean Inc.


Belfor Property Restoration

Brouwer Brothers Services

Carpet Showcase Distributors

Cleaning/Carpet Cleaning Water n Fire Restoration

Coin-O-Matic with Harry Miller Appliances

Comcast/Xfinity Communities

CORT/Instant Furniture Rental

Custom Appliances/Carpets

Direct Fitness Solutions

Elevate Energy

Floor & Wall Inc.

ForRent.com – The Magazine

Frontier Communications

Generate Sales + Marketing

Glass Door of Northwest Indiana

Green Arbor Landscape

HD Supply-Facilities Maintenance

HLM Insurance Agency (Allstate)

Indianapolis Signworks

Korellis Roofing Inc.

Langer & Langer


Midwest Landscape Specialists, Inc.

Monroe Pest Control Co., Inc.

NWI Health Dept. Cooperative Tobacco Prevention

NWP Services Corporation

Platinum Pest Solutions

PPG/Glidden Professional


Republic Services NW IND Able Disposal

Rite Rug Flooring

Screening Reports

Service Doctor Remodeling & Design

Sherwin Williams

Site Services

Specialty Cleaning and Contracting Services

Star Disposal of Indiana

State Farm Insurance

Steindler Signs + Graphics

Technology Consultants Group, LLC

Thorn Heating & Cooling

Total Roofing & Construction

Wash Laundry

Want to recommend a class, instructor, or associate member for membership in your area? Submit your feedback here!

I am proud to be an activate member of IAA. The courteous & professional service IAA provides along with the educational seminars and networking with my peers, helps me succeed as a property manager.
Lisa Turner, Property Manager, Autumn Ridge Apartments
I have been in the apartment industry since 2008 and loved it the moment I started. The IAA is as strong as its members, so it is always great to recruit and meet new members. I am a firm believer in networking; getting to know, like, and trust others. On top of the networking opportunities, the IAA offers exceptional and important classes.
Alissa Morlan, Regional Manager, Chair, IAA: Lafayette, HI Management
As a team, we felt like we were a little slow in terms of how long it took us to join IAA, but looking back are so glad we did. It was one of the best decisions we made not just because it put us in front of our target audience on a monthly basis, but because we have been able give back and be active members of the industry. Sitting on committees, attending events / meetings, and diving in to serve and make an impact where we can has been so rewarding for all of us.
Matt Weirich, Co-Founder, CEO, Realync