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 in Merrillville

Morning Motivator Networking Event

This information-filled networking event will start the day off right. An open and interactive format will give attendees the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of seasoned multifamily professionals. Time will be allotted for attendee groups to discuss creative tips, solution-based suggestions and new ideas that participants may apply to their daily duties and responsibilities.

Roundtable Topics Include:

  • Dealing with Difficult Residents
  • Effective Time Management
  • Resident Retention
  • Effectively Utilizing Social Media

Roundtable Discussion Facilitators:

  • Raquel Shamble, ATG Real Estate Development LLC
  • Leyla Barchett, Cressmoor Arms Apartments
  • Colleen LeRose, Banner Property Management
  • Suzanne Hopson, Equity Property Management

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 10:30pm CST

Location: The Patrician (410 East Highway 30, Schererville, IN 46375)

Cost: $15 for members, $30 for non-members

Register now!

Holiday Party

Join us as we celebrate another successful year in the multifamily industry! Bring your whole team. The evening will be filled with food, beverages, games, costume contest, caroling, and other holiday fun. This event will provide the perfect forum to open doors to new contacts, enrich existing business relationships, and share great information.

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018

Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm CST

Location: TBD in Merrillville.

Register now!

Also coming up in:

IAA’s Northern Council Areas

South Bend


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 Lung Association in Indiana

Cathy Blume

[email protected]


Categories: Education Programs/Online Training



Gina Jones


Categories: Advertising Apartments, Apartment Locator Service, Employment, Internet Advertising, Marketing


Belfor Property Restoration

Christy Lasowski

Categories: Emergency Services; Fire & Disaster Damage Restoration; General Contractors; Smoke, Water & Odor Restoration Services; Water Damage Service


Carpet Showcase Distributors

Erik Salgado

Categories: Carpet & Floor Coverings



Steve LaMotte

[email protected]


Categories: Investment Sales, Mortgage Banking, Real Estate Appraisers/Consultants, Real Estate/Brokerage


Coin-O-Matic with Harry Miller Appliances

Mike Dragon


Categories: Coin Operated Laundry Equipment


CORT Furniture Rental

Patti Buss


Categories: Decorating, Furniture, Furniture Rental, Interior Design, Office Furniture


Custom Appliances/Carpets

Renard Patkus

Categories: Appliance Distributors


Direct Fitness Solutions

Rocky Lane


Categories: Athletic Equipment, Exercise Equipment Sales & Service, Fitness Facility Design/Bicycle Rack & Storage Solutions, Fitness Flooring


Floor & Wall Inc.

Mary Zimmer

Categories: Carpet & Floor Coverings


Glass Doctor of Northwest Indiana

Ron Maxey

[email protected]


Categories: Glass


Green Arbor Landscape

Nick Ahrens, Sr.


Categories: Landscape Design


Hays + Sons Complete Restoration

Mary Carter-Myers

[email protected]


Categories: Emergency Services, Fire & Disaster Damage Restoration, Water Damage Service


HD Supply-Facilities Maintenance

Bill Jones

Categories: Air Conditioning/Heating Equip Parts, Appliance Distributors, Maintenance Supplies, Plumbing Products/Supplies, Water Heaters


Langer & Langer

Mike Langer

Categories: Attorneys



Dan Drakos

Categories: Cleaning Service


Monroe Pest Control Co. Inc.

David Wilson

[email protected]


Categories: Pest Control & Exterminating


PPG/Glidden Professional

Mike Gradziel

Categories: Paint & Wallcoverings, Painting Supplies, Spray Equipment



Angela Fields

Categories: Advertising Apartments, Internet Advertising, Marketing


Rite Rug Flooring

Larry Meiring

Categories: Carpet & Floor Coverings, Floor Tile


Screening Reports

Tim Fortner

Categories: Applicant Pre-Rental Screening


Service Doctor Remodeling & Design

Danielle Sholar

Categories: Bathtub Liners & Wall Surrounds; Cabinetry, Kitchen & Bath; Countertop Resurfacing; Painters; Remodeling & Repairs



Chris Miller

Categories: Carpet & Floor Coverings, Floor Tile, Paint & Wallcoverings, Painters, Window Covering


Star Disposal of Indiana

Christine Lovitz

Categories: Recycling, Trash Receptacles, Waste Disposal


Total Roofing & Construction Services Inc.

Justin Cooper

[email protected]


Categories: Roofing, Siding, Windows


Wash Multifamily Laundry

Dan Moulton

[email protected]


Categories: Appliance Service, Coin Operated Laundry Equipment, Equipment Rental, Laundry Equipment, Maintenance Service


Wellman Exteriors

Chris Wellman

[email protected]


Categories: Chimney Sweep, Dryer Vent Cleaning, Gutter Int & Ext Cleaning


Wilmar Industries, Inc.

Jim Polster


Categories: Cabinetry, Kitchen & Bath; Lighting Supplies; Maintenance Supplies; Plumbing Products/Supplies; Window Covering

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