IAA: Lafayette, Kokomo

IAA: Lafayette/Kokomo

IAA: Lafayette/Kokomo is the Local Advisory Council of the Indiana Apartment Association that serves the greater Lafayette and Kokomo, Indiana area.

The purpose of IAA: Lafayette/Kokomo 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]

Website: https://iaaonline.net/lafayette/

Local Advisory Council

The Local Advisory Council is a critical component of IAA’s strategic plan. This council actively plans and executes local engagement strategies including educational and networking events, member recruitment and retention, and local advocacy efforts. Council members serve as the key contributors to new and existing services and programs throughout the year.

Council Members Include:

Carla Barnhart, Stanley Steemer

Ned Swanson, Haleys Lock, Safe & Key

Alicia Kaid, RentPath

Craig Irvine, Global Village Apartments

Michelle Strohl, Hays & Sons Restoration

Ashley Rhoda, Candor Reality, LLC

Alissa Morlan, SouthRidge Commons

Karen Beard, Deerfield Commons

Adriane Henderson, Management Advantage

IAA’s resources extend throughout the Lafayette and Kokomo 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 & Education in Lafayette

Active Shooter Training

The Indiana State Police, with the assistance of school safety liaison Dr. Richard Hogue, has created a presentation providing key steps to follow should one encounter an active shooter. Incorporating a City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security video called “Run. Hide. Fight.” into the training aids, this session will assist businesses and other organizations in preparing to respond to the unpredictable possibility of an active shooter event.

This education 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.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Richard Hogue, Ed.D. of Hogue & Associates, Inc., is an education professional with more than 35 years of dedicated commitment to professional education of youth. He is the Indiana State Police coordinator and educator of ISP’s Safe Schools / Active Shooter training program.

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: TBD in Lafayette

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


Leading from the Heart

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: TBD in Lafayette

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

Instructor: Sue Anthony, Vice President, Regency Windsor Management, Inc.


Plumbing 101

Servicing common plumbing products is a key function of every multifamily property. This course will provide information on how to repair and install a toilet and show differences in toilet sizing. Faucet installation and repair will be explained, from the kitchen faucet to lavatory and tub/shower, and an overview of typical configurations and how to repair waterlines will be given. The final section of this course will be one of water heater service and repair.

Attend this sessions to learn about:

  • Water closet (toilet) installation and service, including flush valves
  • Drainage repairs, including P traps, S traps, and service drains
  • Water piping repair
  • Basic water heater repairs

About the Instructor:

John Heger is a Journeyman and Master Licensed Plumber with more than 30 years of experience.  He has been Midwest Sales Manager with a plumbing fixture manufacturer as well as being National Sales Manager for a faucet manufacturer.  Heger’s hands-on teaching style benefits attendees of all experience levels.

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: TBD in Lafayette

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


Upcoming Events & Education Near You

Merrillville

Fair Housing

This half-day training session will explain the history and principles of the Fair Housing Act and describe the changes that have occurred in fair housing enforcement over the past 50 years since the act was adopted. The speaker, Kathlene Williams, will share her experiences working in the industry for more than 35 years. She will illustrate the benefits to housing providers who promote fair housing practices and the damages that can result from mistakes. She will share examples from the many cases she has handled of fair housing issues that arise due to the actions and statements of all types of employees. Some current critical issues will also be explored, including sexual harassment, domestic violence, illegal harassment, secondhand smoke, marijuana, the challenges of processing reasonable accommodation requests, and managing properties with families with children. Be prepared to ask questions as this will be a fast-paced and interactive session.

About the Instructor:

Kathelene Williams is president of the Fair Housing Institute, Inc., a private, full-service training and consulting company whose mission is to educate and advise the nation’s housing industry about the social and economic benefits of fair housing and equal opportunity. Through her association with FHI, Williams provides fair housing training to private, public and federally assisted housing providers, trade associations and government entities across the country.

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm CDT

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

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


Meth Awareness Training

This course will aid attendees by providing a better understanding of items commonly associated with production and/or use of methamphetamines. Information also will be given on the “contractor” side of meth labs and related contamination. Attendees will learn why communities, managers, and company representatives should be on the lookout for meth signs and why they need to be addressed quickly and properly, specifically as they relate to long-term liabilities and tenant health and safety.

Register for this course to learn about:

  • Identification and awareness of meth use and/or cooking
  • What the process is after a meth lab is seized, including proper assessment, remediation, and post remediation testing
  • Considerations where there is reason to believe that a resident is using and/or making drugs, but police have not made any arrests
  • The liabilities associated with meth contamination and why awareness is so important
  • Cost-saving ideas to limit potential exposures without breaking the bank

About the Instructor:

Phillip Ball with ECC Horizon has more than 15 years of environmental consulting experience in diverse environmental settings for various industries. Ball has worked on and completed projects in 43 states across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Ball’s technical expertise includes illegal drug labs, asbestos, lead, mold, radon, environmental due diligence, remedial investigations, environmental assessments, and spill/emergency responses.

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm CDT

Location: Cressmoor Arms Apartments (621 W. 39th Pl., Hobart, IN 46342)

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


Solutions & Resolutions for Customer Excellence

Discuss how to transform a dissatisfied customer into a satisfied, loyal, long-term client who trusts that their company will provide outstanding service and support. Donna Hickey will provide information staff can use right away to understand why customers become angry or upset, techniques to use to calm customers and remain calm, and detailed complaint handling techniques including keywords and phrases.

About the Instructor:

A business strategist and executive trainer, Donna Hickey specializes in shifting organizational directions, staffing, training, marketing, business development and implementation. Over the past three decades, Donna Hickey Presents. . . has conducted seminars, workshops, and keynotes for small clients as well as Fortune 500 companies around the world. A consummate professional, Hickey uses a delightful blend of humor and insight to solve today’s business challenges. She’s a pace-setter who is set apart by her in-the-trenches experience. Her hands-on approach to leading-edge training and marketing trends truly hits home – and stays at home. Each and every concept is carefully developed to be easily implemented in real-life situations.

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time: 9:00am -12:00pm CDT

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

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


Closing Techniques

Establishing a systematic approach to the the sales process improves results and will contribute to success. Attendees will become familiar with various types of multifamily housing prospects, what their wants and needs are and how to connect with them. The instructor will share conversational tools and best practices to help create and effective sales pitch. How to prepare for a site tour and what amenities to promote are important to know. Follow-up with prospects after a meeting can make or break a deal, so this course will review all of those vital steps. The session also includes interactive role play and a question and answer session.

About the Instructor:

Melissa Glass is a property manager with the Gene B. Glick Company. Her experience covers all types of multifamily housing including market rate, affordable housing, and in-house Section 8. She has been in the business for five years and obtained her Accredited Residential Manager in 2016 with the Institute of Real Estate Management and her Certified Apartment Manager in 2017 with IAA. She manages a complex with over 480 units and has a staff of 12 employees in Mishawaka.

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm CDT

Location: The Lakes of Valparaiso (1715 Lake Michigan Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383)

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


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


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: Hays & Sons


South Bend

Plumbing 101

Servicing common plumbing products is a key function of every multifamily property. This course will provide information on how to repair and install a toilet and show differences in toilet sizing. Faucet installation and repair will be explained, from the kitchen faucet to lavatory and tub/shower, and an overview of typical configurations and how to repair waterlines will be given. The final section of this course will be one of water heater service and repair.

Attend this sessions to learn about:

  • Water closet (toilet) installation and service, including flush valves
  • Drainage repairs, including P traps, S traps, and service drains
  • Water piping repair
  • Basic water heater repairs

About the Instructor:

John Heger is a Journeyman and Master Licensed Plumber with more than 30 years of experience.  He has been Midwest Sales Manager with a plumbing fixture manufacturer as well as being National Sales Manager for a faucet manufacturer.  Heger’s hands-on teaching style benefits attendees of all experience levels.

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Runaway Bay (302 Runaway Bay Circle, Mishawaka, IN 46545)

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


Fair Housing

Fair Housing mistakes can be costly. Many of the common complaints are avoidable if personnel is knowledgeable and well trained. In this interactive session, attendees will hear ten of the most common Fair Housing “fails” and learn how to prevent discrimination by handling questions, complaints, and resident issues with professionalism and according to Fair Housing guidelines. Ideal for those new to the industry or needing continuing education, participants will leave with a thorough understanding of the Fair Housing laws and their responsibility as industry professionals.

About the Instructor:

As a speaker and trainer, Katie Rigsby’s passion is people! Her mission is to inspire success one person at a time. Her skills and experience have allowed her to successfully manage projects, people, crisis and finances with professionalism and confidence. Rigsby’s inspiring self –improvement and organizational/time management seminars are ideal for any industry, group or individual. She offers sales training and team building seminars that can be customized to meet your needs. As a faculty member of the National Apartment Association Education Institute, her Advanced Instructor status along with her CAPS, CAM and NALP credentials make her an ideal facilitator for NAA credential courses.

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Aloft Hotel (111 N. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601)

CostFREE FOR MEMBERS; $160 for non-members


Multifamily Marketing – Video & Social Media

In today’s ever-digital world, standing out online and truly capturing the attention of your ideal audience can seem like a daunting effort. With so many different social media platforms, means of advertising online, and “new” proven tricks to generate leads, how do you know what will work and be your best bet? Keep it simple! Engaging with prospective residents on social media does not have to be complex or costly. Join this session taught by Indianapolis-based tech company Realync to learn about who to be targeting online, where to be targeting them, and how to reach them there.

Register for this class to learn about:

  • Millennial & Gen Z nuances, desires, and demands
  • Social media marketing best practices
  • Tactical tips, best practices, and strategies for using video

About the Instructors:

Rachel Yockey, Director of Client Success at Realync, has spent over 15 years focusing on clients, understanding their needs and working to solve them. Yockey is a multifamily and real estate industry leader when it comes to helping marketing, leasing, and sales professionals generate, connect with, and close prospective residents. Currently the Director of Client Success at Indianapolis-based Realync, Yockey is helping multifamily teams across the nation fine-tune their marketing strategy and close more deals quicker with engaging content and a personal touch.

Matt Weirich, CEO of Realynchas a background in flipping and cashflowing properties. Weirich’s passions have always been real estate and entrepreneurship. After a personally tough experience trying to find an apartment when moving to Chicago, Weirich took the jump into full-time entrepreneurship pursuing an idea he had for revolutionizing the way people interact to tour properties. Over four years later, his technology Realync is now used in over 30,000 multifamily units across the U.S. and has users in over 30 countries.

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Retreat Apartment Homes (2801 Toledo Road, Elkhart, IN 46516)

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


Front Line Leasing with Lisa Trosien

This fun and interactive class is for the beginning Leasing Professional or a veteran who would like to brush up on his or her basic skills. Attendees will learn:

  • Lead Management: How and when to respond for the greatest results
  • Needs Exploration: How to know exactly what is important to the customer, as well as the art of selling the neighborhood
  • Demonstrating: Showing apartments in their best way possible
  • Resolving Objections: Learn the difference between a deflection and objection, as well as three proven ways to work through objections
  • Closing: Find out when closing begins, and why closing is a process and NOT an event!
  • Follow up: Learn some great techniques to keep in touch with prospects.

This class is highly interactive and will set up attendees for success as a new Leasing Professional!

About the Instructor:

Lisa Trosien is a highly respected multifamily educator, speaker, author and consultant with over 25 years of industry experience. Described by her customers as “incredibly smart” and “amazingly effective,” she’s worked with owners, management companies, and trade associations across the U.S. and Canada.

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Aloft Hotel (111 N. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601)

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


Appliances 101

This course reviews basics of all appliance repairs.  Refrigerator, electric stove, and dishwasher repair are the main aspects to be discussed. This class will review parts, questions to ask residents to accurately assess the situation, what to do if the appliance is under warranty, and solutions to solve most common problems. This class is suited for entry to mid-level technicians.

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: TBD in South Bend

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

Instructor: Bob Micunek, Lee Supply


Winterizing Your Property

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: TBD in South Bend, IN

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

Instructor: Pete Reynolds, Maintenance Supervisor, Prairie Point


Leadership in Management & Marketing

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: TBD in South Bend, IN

CostFREE FOR MEMBERS; $160 for non-members

Instructor: Marking Pennings, PERQ


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Lafayette Local Government Contacts

Mayor

Tony Roswarski: (765) 807-1002

City Council

Regular meetings are generally held on the first Monday of each month. Check the agenda for start times.

View the City Council homepage.

Members

1st District – Jerry Reynolds: (765) 474-4366

2nd District – Ronald Campbell: (765) 474-1862

3d District – Perry Brown: (765) 418-7907

4th District – Lauren Ahlersmeyer: (765) 474-5061

5th District – Melissa Williamson: (765) 448-1785

6th District – Bob Downing: (765) 447-6059

At-Large – Lon Heide: (765) 474-1776

At-Large – Kevin Klinker

At-Large – Nancy Nargi: (765) 742-4147

City Clerk

Cindy Murray: (765) 807-1021

*City offices are located in City Hall (20 N 6th Street 47901)

View City of Lafayette website.

View the Tippecanoe County Website.

Kokomo Local Government Contacts

Mayor

Greg Goodnight: (765) 807-1002

Common Council

Regular meetings are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Check the agenda for start times.

View the City Council homepage.

Members

1st District – Mike Wyant: (765) 459-4342

2nd District – Bob Cameron: (765) 457-0519

3d District – Janie Young: (765) 452-5218

4th District – Donnie Haworth: (765) 236-1471

5th District – Cynthia Sanders: (765) 434-3128

6th District – Thomas Miklik: (765) 457-2800

At-Large – Steve Whikehart

At-Large – Mike Kennedy: (765) 452-6434

At-Large – Robert Hayes: (765) 450-8741

Council Attorney –  Corbin King: (765) 459-9777

City Clerk

Brenda Ott: (765) 456-7370

*City offices are located at City Hall (100 S. Union Street 46901)

Rental Registration

Municipal Code requires rental units to register with the Rental Housing Officer. Properties are not required to update or renew registration unless there is a change in ownership. Rental Registration Form (as of 9-2017)

View the City of Kokomo Website.

View the Howard County Website.

Local Government Proposals/Ordinances Currently Under Consideration

  • Lafayette Council opens door to traffic enforcement on multifamily properties: Ordinance 2017-26

Find out more information about this ordinance here.

Local Associate Members in the Lafayette, Kokomo Area

Caldwells

Care Cleaning

Comcast

CORT

For Rent Media Solutions

Hays & Sons Restoration

Henry Poor Lumber

Herr & Phillips LLC

Journal & Courier

Stanley Steemer

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