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

Unarmed Response to Active Shooter Events

IAA has partnered with the Indiana State Police to offer active shooter training to Merrillville multifamily professionals. Police educators will share general safety and response information while also answering questions oriented toward property management. The session includes a screening of a video, review of best practices for safeguarding oneself and others in the event of an active shooter.

Topics will include:

– Developing a plan specific to your property/location.

– Reviewing your location’s security.

– Training all staff on emergency response and preparing an emergency kit.

– Dealing with hostile or overwrought people in an effort to de-escalate issues before they become an emergency.

– Communicating and working with police and emergency response agencies.

Instructor: Sgt. Jamerson

Date: Thursday, February 20

Time: 9:00am – 11:00am CDT

Location: St. Peter & Paul Macedonian Banquet Hall (9660 Broadway, Crown Point, IN 46307)

Cost: FREE for members

Register here!

Also coming up in IAA’s Northern Council Areas!

SOUTH BEND

Unarmed Response to Active Shooter Events

IAA has partnered with the Indiana State Police to offer active shooter training to South Bend multifamily professionals. Police educators will share general safety and response information while also answering questions oriented toward property management. The session includes a screening of a video, review of best practices for safeguarding oneself and others in the event of an active shooter.

Topics will include:

– Developing a plan specific to your property/location.

– Reviewing your location’s security.

– Training all staff on emergency response and preparing an emergency kit.

– Dealing with hostile or overwrought people in an effort to de-escalate issues before they become an emergency.

– Communicating and working with police and emergency response agencies.

Instructor: Sgt. Ted Bohner

Date: Wednesday, February 19

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm EDT

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel South Bend (123 N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601)

Cost: FREE for members

Register here!

LAFAYETTE

Unarmed Response to Active Shooter Events

IAA has partnered with the Indiana State Police to offer active shooter training to Lafayette multifamily professionals. Police educators will share general safety and response information while also answering questions oriented toward property management. The session includes a screening of a video, review of best practices for safeguarding oneself and others in the event of an active shooter.

Topics will include:

– Developing a plan specific to your property/location.

– Reviewing your location’s security.

– Training all staff on emergency response and preparing an emergency kit.

– Dealing with hostile or overwrought people in an effort to de-escalate issues before they become an emergency.

– Communicating and working with police and emergency response agencies.

Instructor: Trooper Stephen W. Grayson

Date: Tuesday, February 25

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm EDT

Location: Tippecanoe County Public Library – Downtown Library – McAllister B Room (627 South Street, Lafayette, IN 47901)

Cost: FREE for members

Register here!

SOUTH BEND

The Middle Child of Multifamily

A course written especially for the issues of the assistant manager, this class will provide great tips for success in that role.  Tips for dealing with resident drama, supplier drama, team drama, and even manager drama will be discussed! Discussions will include collections, leading the leasing team, managing the maintenance team, and stepping into the manager’s role when needed. The instructor will also do a deep dive into lease renewals, rent increases, and even steps for your personal growth in the industry. Lots of meat in this session, so sign up today!

Instructor: Vicki Sharp

Date: Thursday, March 12

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm EDT

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel South Bend (123 N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601)

Cost: FREE for members

Register here!

SOUTH BEND

Love Em’ Don’t Lost Em’

This power packed session is all about taking care of our residents so they won’t even think of moving! Customer service techniques for leasing, management, and maintenance teams will be discussed. This course will also talk about those “challenging” residents, and how to manage them. Of course, renewals always should include an increase in rent, so how small increases can add up and how to talk to residents about rent increases will be covered as well. Lastly, attendees will share ideas about using property improvements to build the rent, even during the lease term.

Instructor: Vicki Sharp

Date: Thursday, March 12

Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm EDT

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel South Bend (123 N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601)

Cost: FREE for members

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.

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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