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

MERRILLVILLE

Surviving Fair Housing without Fear

Receiving a Fair Housing discrimination complaint can be intimidating. Attendees will learn about basic Fair Housing guidelines, recent updates, and best practices to educate members on the regulations of our industry. Whether you are new to multifamily or an industry veteran, this engaging session is certain to be informative and empowering!

Attendees will:

  • Understand basic Fair Housing laws and our obligation as industry professionals
  • Learn about the complaint process and the penalties involved in a violation
  • Discover recent updates or changes to the laws
  • Recognize potential issues and learn how to reduce the risk of a claim

Instructor: Katie Rigsby

Date: Thursday, July 11

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm Central

Location: The Patrician, 410 US 30, Schererville, IN 46375

Register here!

MERRILLVILLE

Winterizing Your Property

Gear up for winter. Maintenance professionals strive to promote safety in their apartment communities during unpredictable weather. Local expert Pete Reynolds of The Lakes of Vaparaiso will share a series of effective and simple tips that will help attendees prepare for the upcoming winter months. A few of the topics for maintenance teams to be reviewed include:

  • Winding down from summer, updating grounds and landscaping for winter, how to safely store equipment and grills, and tips for closing out a pool.
  • Plumbing systems and how to prepare pipes for freezing temperatures and avoid problems.
  • Best practices for clearing snow and ice, when and how to use salt, and considerations for maintenance professionals that affect resident safety when conditions are poor.

Instructor: Pete Reynolds, The Lakes of Vaparaiso

Date: Thursday, Sept. 12

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm Central

Location: The Patrician, 410 US 30, Schererville, IN 46375

Register here!

Also coming up in IAA’s Northern Council Areas!

SOUTH BEND

The Pillars of Social Media

Social media plays a crucial role in the ways property management professionals connect with residents and prospects. This course will review three essential marketing principles: establishing a connection, maintaining a relationship, and building trust. Property managers and leasing professionals will learn to maximize use of digital platforms, best practices for customer communication, how to use social media as a sales tool, and the necessary steps to uphold your property’s brand.

Additional topics to be reviewed include:

  • Identifying what technology is useful and implementing new tools
  • How to find and use relevant data to identify what content works in sales and resident retention
  • Formulating a social media schedule and creating quality content
  • Translating these same techniques into individual personal and career growth

Instructor: Jonathan Saar, Market Me Social INCs

Date: Tuesday, April 16

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm Eastern

Location: Double Tree South Bend, 123 N. Doctor MLK Jr. Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601

Register here!

SOUTH BEND

Time Management Realized!

As a property management professional, you wear many hats. This course will focus on how to ensure important tasks are completed in a timely manner while navigating through common distractions using tried and true time management techniques. This course will be extremely interactive so be prepared to learn while sharing and conquering your personal time management challenges. Realize the potential of having more time to do the important things in your job and in life.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Identifying time zappers
  • Properly prioritizing your needs
  • New technologies for managing time

Instructor: Suzanne Hopson, Senior Regional Property Manager, Equity Property Management, LLC

Date: Tuesday, May 14

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm Eastern

Location: Double Tree South Bend, 123 N. Doctor MLK Jr. Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601

Register here!

SOUTH BEND

Surviving Fair Housing without Fear

Receiving a Fair Housing discrimination complaint can be intimidating. Attendees will learn about basic Fair Housing guidelines, recent updates, and best practices to educate members on the regulations of our industry. Whether you are new to multifamily or an industry veteran, this engaging session is certain to be informative and empowering!

Attendees will:

  • Understand basic Fair Housing laws and our obligation as industry professionals
  • Learn about the complaint process and the penalties involved in a violation
  • Discover recent updates or changes to the laws
  • Recognize potential issues and learn how to reduce the risk of a claim

Instructor: Katie Rigsby

Date: Wednesday, July 10

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm Eastern

Location: Double Tree South Bend, 123 N. Doctor MLK Jr. Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601

Register here!

SOUTH BEND

Combating Human Trafficking

Receiving a Fair Housing discrimination complaint can be intimidating. Attendees will learn about basic Fair Housing guidelines, recent updates, and best practices to educate members on the regulations of our industry. Whether you are new to multifamily or an industry veteran, this engaging session is certain to be informative and empowering!

Attendees will:

  • Understand basic Fair Housing laws and our obligation as industry professionals
  • Learn about the complaint process and the penalties involved in a violation
  • Discover recent updates or changes to the laws
  • Recognize potential issues and learn how to reduce the risk of a claim

Instructor: Katie Rigsby

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 11

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm Eastern

Location:St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601

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