Southern Indiana Area Events

Come together with Southern Indiana’s multifamily industry leaders and rising stars to learn, network, and grow at the 2018 Evansville Convention and Trade Show hosted by the Indiana Apartment Association.

This event offers maximum impact in one day. Curated education courses on the afternoon of April 19 are planned before an evening of socializing and recognition at the Tropicana Evansville Executive Conference Center. Hear the latest trends in multifamily leasing, maintenance, marketing, and more during the afternoon block. Connect with multifamily specific vendors servicing Southern Indiana as well as surrounding states and regions at the trade show. These IAA associate members are ready to show the latest and greatest products and services to assist property management staff and executives.

In the evening, the trade show and cocktail reception is open to all attendees just before IAA honors the Best of the Best Award recipients who achieve excellence and represent all that in the multifamily housing industry. Interested in exhibiting at the trade show or a sponsorship? Contact us!

Join Evansville IAA as we promote, advise, and protect the general interest in construction, ownership, and management of multifamily housing by uniting those engaged in the industry at the 2018 Convention and Trade Show. Registration is now open!

View the schedule and speakers now! 

Honor those IAA members from Southern Indiana who have made significant contributions to the multifamily housing industry by nominating them for a 2018 Best of the Best Award, recognizing achievements in excellence and success in the field.

For the past seven years, these awards have recognized those in the Evansville, Jeffersonville and New Albany areas who exemplify the best of the multifamily industry. In 2017, more than 50 nominations were entered for more than a dozen awards for 2016 service.

The deadline for all nominations is midnight CST April 3, 2018. Nominations should encompass successes and work from 2017.

These honors will be presented at the banquet concluding the 2018 Evansville Convention & Trade Show on April 19. If you have not done so yet, we encourage you to register to join us!

Contact IAA with questions or for assistance.


Keynote speaker

1:30pm to 2:30 pm

Petra Marquart

Property management executive, licensed Realtor, author

Partnering in Service 

There is nothing more powerful than a well-oiled team that works with one heart and one purpose: to keep residents happy and wanting to stay. But for a team to work well together, team members have to communicate effectively, trust each other, understand what each member of the team contributes, and celebrate that contribution.

In this session, Petra Marquart will share her insights on how to build a strong team based on respect, how to know what team members/residents expect, how to willingly serve one another, and how to build trust that is durable and strong.

About the speaker

Petra Marquart is an inspirational speaker who has received rave reviews at property management conventions, conferences, and meetings around the globe.

She is principal in the global speaking and training firm, Petra Marquart and Associates. She has worked as a leasing agent, on-site manager, property/portfolio manager and as Vice President of Operations for Krohn Management Corporation —a Minnesota-based property management firm. As a licensed realtor, she managed over a thousand apartment units in Michigan and Minnesota. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women and the author of the best seller, The Power of Service: Keeping Customers for Life.

In addition, Petra developed and taught Introduction to Property Management and On-site Apartment Management courses for Hennepin Technical College as well as the management section of the Certified Resident Manager program for the Minnesota Multi Housing Association.

Whether speaking on customer service, leadership, personal power, or performance, Marquart’s skilled stage presence comes, in part, from her experience as a performer in Las Vegas with such stars as Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and some of the most recognized names in the world.


Sessions geared toward maintenance and leasing professionals will follow the keynote. Those education courses include:

Leasing track

2:45pm to 3:45pm


Information to come.

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Conflict Management in the Multifamily Industry

The ability to work well with others is vital to a successful career in the multifamily industry. When working with a team that consists of people from different backgrounds, skills, and experience, it is likely that some form of conflict will occur. In this session, attendees will come to understand the potential impact of conflict within our team and explore the common sources of conflict. Also, learn to identify the difference between conflict resolution and conflict management, explore methods for resolving and managing conflict, and discover ways to turn conflict into positive growth.

Presenter: Pam Roberts

Maintenance track

2:45pm to 3:45pm

Interior Maintenance Trends

This course will focus on the simple maintenance solutions, how to ensure the best results in regard to touch up painting, and floorcovering repairs. The discussion will include tricks of the trade for the maintenance staff to utilize on a daily basis. An open forum and interactive format will allow attendees to ask questions of these industry experts while taking part in hands-on demonstrations that are used throughout the multifamily industry.

Presenters: Rod Mosquera, Sherwin Williams; Tom Fowle, Mohawk Flooring; Jason Wilson, 3M

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Bed Bug Prevention

Education, inspection and a plan of action for bed bug prevention is imperative. This session is tailor-made for multifamily industry maintenance professionals. Tips, best practices, and suggestions from a pest control expert will help these vital team members craft a protocol that will minimize the risk of bed bug infestation, help them develop cost-effective means for preventative treatments, and familiarize them with resources that are available.

Presenter: Brandon Gile, Platinum Pest Solutions, Inc.

Expect excitement, excellence, and exposure as a vendor at the 2018 Evansville Convention & Trade Show. It’s a great opportunity to meet new contacts, make new friends, and win new customers. Reserve your spot now!

How to reserve a booth

Contact IAA Director of Membership and Professional Development Pat Gleason at

[email protected] or (317) 816-8900

Interested in other sponsorships at the event? Many opportunities are available. Download the form for more information or contact Pat Gleason.