2017 Awards Honor Best in Industry

Congratulations to the 2017 Prodigy Awards and Awards of Excellence recipients!  These professionals and properties represent the best of the Indiana multifamily housing industry.

2017 Awards of Excellence winners

Joe Rhodes Memorial Award

Sandy Carmin – Englert Management

In 1972, the Joe Rhodes Memorial Award was established to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the apartment industry. The award memorializes Joe Rhodes, a regional manager for Klingbeil Management who first organized industry professionals in Indianapolis to represent the interests of the multifamily industry. He also convinced Klingbeil Management to fund the salary of the first executive director of Indiana Apartment Association.

Sandy Carmin of Englert Management is the sole 2017 recipient of the Joe Rhodes Memorial Award.

Her drive, passion and dedication to the industry is unmatched, as she volunteers significant time while remaining committed to a demanding career and raising a large family. Sandy is a true Hoosier, born in Wabash and graduating from Ball State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Sandy’s career in property management began at the Chesapeake Landing community in Indianapolis. After only three years, she was managing the 470-unit apartment community. In 1997 she was recognized as the Grace McFadden Manger of the Year. While she climbed the corporate ladder, Sandy also became active in the Indiana Apartment Association.

She served as the chairwoman of the Midwest Multifamily Conference’s trade show and of the conference itself. She served as chair of the membership committee and instructed innumerable classes for new IAA members. At MMC 2000 she was recognized for her outstanding efforts as the Donald J. Williams Volunteer of the Year. Most significantly, she gave her time and talent to lead the IAA board of directors.

Sandy has spent the last 25 years at Englert Management, where she oversees properties in Illinois and Indiana. Her employees, including several who have stayed with her for more than 20 years, often comment that when you go to work for Sandy you become part of her family.

She currently serves on the advisory board for the Ball State Residential Property Management program, and continues to volunteer her time to moderate panels, attend and mentor new members and serve on the executive and finance committee.

Donald J. Williams Volunteer of the Year Award

Danny Dugger – J.C. Hart Company

Danny Dugger has dedicated countless hours in service to the Indiana Apartment Association and the Multifamily Community. He has served on nearly every IAA committee over the years—in 2017 alone Danny has been an active participant of the Maintenance, Professional Development, Young Professionals, and Convention Committees. He even served as MC of the Maintenance Social Hour at MMC2017. Danny has been integral part of shaping the IAA member experience and the organization is thankful to have such a passionate supporter.

Management Company of the Year

Becovic Management Group

Becovic Management Group surpassed all IAA standards for Awards of Excellence. Although multifamily housing has been in their family for decades, the Becovic story in Indiana started just 12 years ago. Over that time, they have grown quickly—doubling the size of their portfolio in 2016 with the acquisition of three Indianapolis area communities.

As the company evolved, so has its methods to recruit and retain employees. Becovic crafted a new employee experience tailored to the needs of each new hire. Each employee is greeted on their first day with company-branded apparel and a personalized gift box. They are also assigned a “buddy” who acts as both a training resource and a mentor to the new team member.

Grace McFadden Manager of the Year Award

Andrew Scherle – Gene B. Glick Company

Creating and managing a budget for an apartment community can be a daunting task. Andrew must complete this process not just once, but three times each year. Primarily working with students, he works closely with his staff to turn over 45% of the units at Woodbridge I & II between the months of May and July. In addition to Andrew’s litany of their internal obligations, he has overseen a 21.6% increase in leads over the last year through innovative outreach to the local student and professional community. Andrew truly exemplifies a property manager’s role in connecting with residents on an individual basis. He’s taken it upon himself to learn each resident’s name and their community involvement.

Assistant Manager of the Year

Jessica Barker – Barrett & Stokely Management

Jessica faithfully executes her managerial duties and still finds time to interact with residents at an individual level. Every month, she randomly selects 5 members of her community—Summerwood on Towne Line—and reaches out to them directly. Jessica builds relationships that go well beyond rent collection, service requests and renewals. Her consistent positivity is infectious in the office, and helps the community stand out among peers.

Rick Stapp Regional Property Supervisor of the Year

Michelle Gautier – CORE Redevelopment

As part of a young company, Michelle tackled the daunting task of scaling CORE Redevelopment’s portfolio. She quickly brought in 325 new units, resulting in a nearly 40% increase in size. Michelle also oversaw a simultaneous rise in the company’s occupancy rate, from 90% to 93%. Her flexible leadership style encourages her team to think outside the box and create new, more efficient ways to overcome obstacles and achieve high standards.

Vendor Member Individual of the Year

Schawn Wathall – Trane—Ingersoll Rand

When Schawn joined the Indiana Apartment Association as an associate member, he volunteered to join several committees, and met directly with IAA staff to identify how his company, Trane, could be of service to the state’s multifamily professionals. Thanks to his influence, Trane organized seven 410-A certification courses across the state, instructing more than 100 maintenance professionals.

Vendor Member Company of the Year

Eye 4 Group

Since joining the IAA in 2014, Eye 4 Group has participated at all levels of the organization, becoming quickly involved with volunteer committees and sponsoring several IAA events. Most importantly, the company maintains a rock-solid reputation of dependability and quality service within the multifamily community. Despite an already outstanding level of engagement, Eye 4 leadership continues to explore new ways to help IAA and its members.

Leasing Professional of the Year

Erika Garringer – J.C. Hart Company

Erika was only promoted to her current role as lease-up manager at Lakeside Apartments of Carmel in February, but she took to the new challenge with astonishing success. In just her first six months, she personally captured over 40 net leases, increasing the property’s occupancy by 20%. Erika immersed herself in the local community, finding leads through local businesses, chamber of commerce events, and resident appreciation weeks and turning them into traffic for her community through a combination of superior customer service and tireless outreach.

Alberto Covarrubias Maintenance Supervisor of the Year

Jose Torreblanca – Van Rooy Properties

Jose’s ability to plan, organize and execute dozens of concurrent projects has dramatically increased efficiency in maintenance projects across Van Rooy’s downtown Indianapolis properties, to the delight of Van Rooy residents and managers. He accomplishes this high-wire act while serving residents in 24 apartment buildings and 65 houses—a total of 454 units—across downtown Indianapolis.

Maintenance Technician of the Year

Bruce Carter – AMP Residential

Bruce is the very model of a modern maintenance professional. He has worked to further develop his skill set through certifications and trainings to create the best experience for the residents at Emerson Village. From HVAC repair to full unit upgrades, Bruce has set a standard of service that has residents requesting him by name when placing their work orders.


2017 Prodigy Award winners

Category Property Management Group
Spirit of Giving Award Flaherty & Collins
Community of the Year (11+ years) Foxfire at Valley Lakes Monarch Management
Community of the Year (5-10 years) Cosmopolitan on the Canal Flaherty & Collins
Community of the Year (2-5 years) Artistry Milhaus
Community of the Year (New) The Coil Sheehan Property Management
Evansville Area Community of the Year The Timbers Edward Rose & Sons
Fort Wayne Area Community of the Year Brandy Chase Apartments IGC Property Management
Northern Indiana Community of the Year The Foundry Buckingham
Best Brochure The Avant Apartments Edward Rose & Sons
Best Lease-Up Community Pinnex Milhaus
Best Clubhouse/Leasing Office (<10 years) The Preserve at Willow Spring Becovic Management Group
Best Clubhouse/Leasing Office (11+ years) Oak Pak AMP Residential
Best Company-Wide Employee Relations Program Flaherty & Collins
Best Community Resident Retention Program Maple Knoll Marquette Management
Best Overall Amenities (<10 years) Woodland Terrace of Carmel Justus Senior Living Communities
Best Overall Amenities (11+ years) Central Park at Metropolis Becovic Management Group
Best Renovation Project Alumni Lofts CORE Redevelopment
Best Overall Curb Appeal (<10 years) The Annex of Richmond The Annex Group
Best Overall Curb Appeal (11+ years) Lakeshore Apartments Birge & Held
Best Apartment Community – Tax Credit Braeburn Village Barrett and Stokely
Best Repositioning of An Asset Circle City Apartments Barrett and Stokely
Best Overall Community Marketing Program The Avant Apartments Edward Rose & Sons
Best Decorated Model Woodland Terrace of New Palestine Justus Senior Living Communities
Best Corporate Marketing Program Edward Rose & Sons
Best Maintenance Shop Ashton Pointe Gene B. Glick Company
Best Floor Plan (<800 sq ft) (<10 years) Circa JVM Realty
Best Floor Plan (<800 sq ft) (11+ years) Temple Lofts Van Rooy Properties
Best Floor Plan (801-1100 sq ft) (<10 years) Quarry at River North Gene B. Glick Company
Best Floor Plan (801-1100 sq ft) (11+ years) Circle City Apartments Barrett and Stokely
Best Floor Plan (1101+ sq ft) (<10 years) The Olivia on Main Keystone Realty Group
Best Floor Plan (1101+ sq ft) (11+ years) The Springs Becovic Management Group
Best Community Corporate Suite Program The Reserve at Dawson’s Creek Flaherty & Collins
Best Project-Based Rent Subsidy Cambridge Square Greenwood Gene B. Glick Company
Best Student Housing Community The Annex of Kokomo The Annex Group
Best Mixed-Use Community CityWay Buckingham
Best Community Green Initiative Program The Preserve at Willow Spring Becovic Management Group
Best Community Designed for the Physically Challenged Benjamin Court Van Rooy Properties