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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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 Events and Education Courses in Merrillville
Also coming up in IAA’s Northern Council Areas!
Active Shooter Training
The Indiana State Police, with the assistance of school safety liaison Dr. Richard Hogue, has created this presentation providing key steps to follow should one encounter an active shooter. The City of Houston’s Mayor’s Office video, “Run. Hide. Fight.,” is incorporated into the training session, assisting businesses and other organizations in preparing to respond to the unpredictable possibility of an active shooter event.
The session includes a screening of the video, best practices for safeguarding oneself and others in the event of an active shooter, and a question and answer session. Police instructors will lead this interactive presentation.
Instructor: Sgt. Ted Bohner, Indiana State Police
Date: Wednesday, February 20
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: St. Joseph County Public Library – Main Branch, 304 S Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601
Staying Ahead in Leasing & Marketing
Are you looking to Stay Ahead in Leasing & Marketing? Do you want to learn advanced techniques for following up and closing the deal? In this course you will learn how to lease and close the deal based upon different diversity’s and locations, and why setting appointments is extremely important. Other topics such as, how to drive in traffic from social media, how selling customer service can lease the apartment and so much more! Even if you’re the most seasoned leasing consultant, you will leave feeling energized with a wealth of new ideas and techniques.
Instructor: Kristin Sanders
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: The Patrician, 410 US 30, Schererville, IN 46375
Maintenance Inspections & Standards REAC
This three-hour course is an introduction and overview of many different types of industry standards and inspections that impact the trade, with particular focus on the federal Real Estate Assessment Center inspection. Also covered will be what to look for and how to prepare in an organized and professional manner to achieve the highest possible REAC scores. Topics include:
- Safety procedures
- Preparing for different types of inspections (fire department, local housing authority, bank, REAC)
- Action steps following inspections
Instructor: Herb Harr, Inspection Solutions & David Creek, Hays Gibson Property Services
Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Double Tree South Bend, 123 N. Doctor MLK Jr. Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601
Navigating the Fair Housing Minefield
Staying up to date on constantly changing Fair Housing regulations can be like navigating a minefield. This course will cover basic principles of Fair Housing, current issues facing property management professionals, and the best practices for ongoing compliance. Participants will examine real-life situations and have interactive discussions on and how to avoid violations.
Additional topics to be reviewed include:
- Emotional support vs. service animals
- Website accessibility compliance
- Disparate impact and criminal background screening
- Fair Housing testing
- Addressing Hostile Environment Harassment
Instructor: Sherre Helmer, Dynamic Training for Results
Date: Tuesday, March 12
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Tippecanoe County Public Library – Downtown Library, McAllister Room B, 627 South Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
Section 608 of the Federal Clean Air Act requires people who work with regulated refrigerants to become certified. Enroll in this course to comply with regulations essential for supporting an apartment community.
Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 8:00am – 3:00pm CST
Location: Merrillville TBD
Instructor: David Creek, Director of Maintenance, Hayes Gibson Property Services, LLC
- Full test: Member: $150.00Non-Member: $265.00
- Re-test: Member: $94.00Non-Member: $165.00
And more around the state!
Local Government Proposals/Ordinances Currently Under Consideration
Member only benefit! Find out more information about these ordinances by logging in to IAA’s Member Only portal.
Local Associate Members in the Merrillville Area
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Associate Membership in IAA opens doors!
If your business has a product or service needed by the multifamily housing industry, associate membership in the Indiana Apartment Association can be a valuable asset. IAA associate membership promises one thing: EXPOSURE. Your membership will open doors and help you achieve your business goals.
- Gain direct contact with apartment owners and managers in your areas
- Stay current on important industry developments in the multifamily industry
- Boost sales of your products and services
Demonstrable benefits include:
- Members Buy From Members campaign that encourages members on the site level as well is in the corporate office to contact associate members first when looking for a product or service.
- Increased visibility through local networking and sponsorships of events in your area
- Display your IAA pride through certificates, plaques, window cling, etc.
- Access to member only information on the industry and association in our publications
- Subscription to industry news and trends in INsites magazine and Multifamily Minute newsletter
- And more! Contact IAA for full details