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 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

Register here!


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

Register here!


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

Register here!


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

Register here!



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

Register here!

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

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