In the News with IGC

We are excited to share with you the best of IGC. Please, check back from time to time to see what's new with us!

 

Reader's Choice Named FOUNTAIN LAKE THE BEST!!!!

We are proud to announce that Fountain Lake has won the "Reader's Choice Award" for BEST APARTMENT COMMUNITY in Fort Wayne, Indiana! The Journal Gazette - News-Sentinel announced the award and will feature our community! Please take the time to consider Fountain Lake as your next home! 

Click here to visit our page and view a slide show of our amazing apartment homes!

 

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We are proud to congratulate IGC employee Jentri Cripe, founder of Spread the Sparkle LLC, as the winner of the 2017 Mirro Student Founder Award! This year's award was presented by Ideas@Work. The event attracted more than 500 attendees and 56 sponsors and is in its fourth year. You can connect to more about the NIIC by clicking here.

Read the entire feature article by clicking here! And, next time you're at Fountain Lake Apartments, be sure and tell Jentri hello and congratulations!

 

 

 

 

 

Groundbreaking for a Groundbreaking Community in Coffee Creek. Eagle Crossing Construction has Begun!

 

An eagle in flight is an awe inspiring sight. Graceful, powerful and elegant. Much like the vision that inspired IGCRE to build the community of Eagle Crossing in Chesterton, Indiana, in beautiful Coffee Creek. Turning the first ceremonial shovelfuls of dirt, owners Michael Sakich and Jon Hicks were joined by family, close friends and community partners to celebrate the event.

This luxury apartment community represents a paradigm shift for multi-family offerings in the Duneland area. With over 21 unique floor plan layouts, all offering garages, these 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartment homes will feature the finest amenities, and the community is adjacent to the beautiful Coffee Creek Conservancy! Miles of trails, water features and so much more!

Watch us closely. When we begin leasing in early 2018 units will go FAST. Click here to contact us!

 

 

 

 

 

Milestones: Showcasing Employees that truly exemplify REAL HOSPITALITY!

Kay Anderson - She Really Has a Heart of Gold


K.Anderson.Website.Mar2017.jpgKay joined IGC as the maintenance supervisor at Ashley Oaks in Lafayette, Indiana in October of 2014. From the start Kay embraced the full responsibility of this community and began immediately leading by example and with great care. Kay quickly and competently trained her maintenance technician and really showed all of the Ashley Oaks Residents what Real Hospitality is all about. Day in and day out she quickly completes each Resident Service Request as timely as any maintenance supervisor at IGC. The fact is, Kay provides the finest Resident Service in Lafayette, Indiana.  Additionally she is also an expert in heat pump maintenance and replacement and selflessly shares that unique knowledge with her fellow maintenance supervisors.

Kay seems to truly love the responsibility of beautifully taking care of (128) Ashley Oaks families.  Kay is smart, funny, competent and leads with a true heart of gold. Kay is a great leader and all of us at IGC are honestly impressed with her effort, talents and true service to others.

 

 

 

Ed Carillo – A Man of quiet Determination and Achievement 

 

Ed.Carillo.Website.Mar2017.jpgEd Carillo joined the IGC family in March of 2009 as an entry level maintenance technician and part time grounds-keeper. Ed had the privilege to learn alongside of some of IGC’s finest maintenance supervisors; the lucky beneficiary of increasingly more complicated tasks which helped him become the competent and talented team member he is today. In 2011, Ed’s quiet determination paid off, and he became Maintenance Supervisor of Boulevard North Townhomes in Hammond, Indiana.

Now a seasoned Maintenance Supervisor, Ed is responsible for training other maintenance technicians and does so with patience and skill.  He is an honest, trustworthy employee and determined to learn and grow as a professional. We sincerely congratulate Ed on his wonderful IGC career and his impressive leadership achievements.

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Raquel Shamble – Her Leap of Faith Resulted in a Career at the Top!

Raquel.S.Website.July2016.jpgIt was July of 2010. Our community Boulevard North in Hammond was only part of the way through a huge upgrade for all 118 town homes. Many large capital projects were yet to be completed when Raquel joined IGC as our Community Manager for that community. Knowing she was beginning her career with us under these circumstances shows she made a huge leap of faith. But she waded through all of the sweat of training staff and guiding residents through the upgrades and constant construction without blinking an eye. She leased EVERY townhome. And then, received one of the best compliments any Community Manager on the IGC team has ever received when, in 2012, Boulevard North Townhomes was voted “Best Turn-Around” Community in the State of Indiana by the Indiana Apartment Association.

In 2012, IGC opened its first green certified apartment community called “Traditions Apartment Homes.” We opened the first phase consisting of 75 apartment homes. Who did we select to lead the charge? Raquel. She and her team leased nearly every one of the new apartment homes before the apartment received its occupancy permit! Traditions now consists of 128 apartment homes. And, yes. Raquel and her team have leased them all.

Then, in 2013, Raquel accepted the added responsibility to manage both Harvest Grove Apartments in Crown Pointe and Harvest Ridge Apartments in Schererville, Indiana. With her property management skills even more honed, Raquel quickly brought much improved resident service to our Grove and Ridge residents. One big reason so many residents stay so long at Harvest Ridge and Harvest Grove is due to her sincere commitment to hospitality and high quality customer service.

It started in 2010 and now after her initial leap of faith, Raquel has truly risen to the top! We are exceptionally proud of her courage and truly respect her for her outstanding character. Raquel is a leader with very high standards for herself and those on the IGC team. Congratulations, Raquel! We are so proud of you, your impressive accomplishments, and we are honestly humbled by the faith you have shown in IGC.



John Stevenson - His Loyalty and Heart are as Big as His Truck!

John.Stevenson.Website.July2016.jpgJohn joined our family in August of 2006 as the Maintenance Supervisor of Crestview and Parkwood Apartments. Over these past ten years, John has successfully led us through a complete upgrade of both communities with a value totaling over $1.3 million dollars. John both selected and skillfully supervised numerous independent contractors over this long and difficult project. In many cases, John installed countless kitchen cabinets, countertops and bathroom tub surrounds by himself. Through it all, John is always steady, loyal, and cool.  

In 2014 John accepted the additional responsibility to supervise the maintenance activities at Arlington and Lakeview Apartments in Hobart. In addition to competently supervising the daily maintenance activities of four communities, he loyal in supporting the other maintenance supervisors in IGC. For over seven months, John assisted with training a new maintenance supervisor in Lafayette. Each month, working many days often back-to-back, John drove to Lafayette without complaint. And he routinely assists our maintenance teams in Michigan City and Valparaiso. John’s loyalty and real heart for the IGC team is as big as his truck.

Just recently in fact, John Stevenson drove down 1-94 with an 80 gallon hot water tank in his truck. He knew our supervisor in Valparaiso needed him and the equipment. Again, without complaint, John reliably delivered the hot water tank and stayed late until the job was complete. This is only one story about John Stevenson. Over the last ten years John has continued to prove he is simply reliable, respectfully loyal and true to his word. Did I tell you how enormous his truck is?




Rhonda Husen – An Impressive Career with No Limits in Sight

Rhonda.Husen.Website.July2016.jpgJoining IGC in January of 2007 as an Assistant Manager at Bayberry Place Apartments in Brownsburg, Rhonda excelled at leasing, and is simply a real natural at resident relations. Her super-kind hospitality towards residents and guests alike is so genuine that she is quickly embraced by everyone she meets. Within six months, Rhonda earned a well-deserved promotion to become Community Manager at Bayberry. Due to her extraordinary property performance at Bay Berry, Rhonda was one again promoted. This time, Rhonda was promoted to Regional Property Manager, supervising both Bayberry Place in Brownsburg and Ashley Oaks Apartments in Lafayette in 2009.

IGC was not the only professional apartment management firm impressed by Rhonda’s talent. In 2012, Rhonda received an attractive offer from a competing property management firm to join their team. For a few years, we worked diligently to re-build our team at Bayberry Place and Ashley Oaks without Rhonda. Somehow, things were never quite the same as they were when Rhonda was in charge. Then in 2014 Rhonda re-joined IGC as Regional Property Manager at both Bayberry Place and Ashley Oaks Apartments. Her performance during these past two years is simply stellar! Rhonda keeps both communities near or at 100% occupancy. More importantly, her unique brand of kind hospitality is even more powerful than before.

Rhonda has also been diligently pursuing her professional education. By September of 2016, Rhonda will earn the prestigious designation of CAM through the Indiana Apartment Association.

Rhonda Husen is an extraordinary real estate professional, proving she is a one-of-a-kind leader who demonstrates true hospitality. She's both a natural at leasing and resident relations who treats others by consistently implementing the Gold Rule.

 





Tony Gibbs - A Well Deserved Promotion!

Tony.G.Website.May2016.jpgTony Gibbs joined us in 1999 as an apartment painter and also as a maintenance assistant at Crestview Apartments in Griffith, IN.  Within a short period of time Tony proved himself a very competent maintenance technician, diligently honing his technical skills and earning his CFC Certification. In 2013, Tony became our Maintenance Technician at Harvest Ridge in Schererville, IN, and Harvest Grove Apartments in Crown Pointe, IN.

Tony handles himself with real poise and sincere confidence. Our Residents trust Tony because he is a man of his word. Some of the more exceptional traits Tony demonstrates is dedication. He routinely delivers same-day service to residents, comfortably engaging in pleasant conversation while he carefully explains exactly what he is doing and how long it will take. Tony is especially adept at perfectly preparing vacant apartments. We would joke together about how his 40 year old apartments, “…look like they have never been lived in.” Tony’s attention to detail is simply superb.

In March 2016, all of his hard work paid off. He was proudly promoted to Maintenance Supervisor at Harvest Ridge Apartments and Harvest Grove Apartments. As we celebrate Tony’s well deserved promotion we have to remark about the gentleman that he is today, and always has been. Congratulations, Tony!!

 

Derrick Shaw - A Sincere Brand of Hospitality!

Derrick.S.Website.May2016.jpgIn January of 2012, Mr. Derrick Shaw left a long term employment position to join IGC as Maintenance Supervisor at Bittersweet Pointe Apartments in Mishawaka, IN. We promised Derrick that he would be able to experience an incredible turn-around opportunity in Mishawaka that would involve updating each of the 116 apartment homes. For the next labor-filled years, Derrick worked diligently and competently installing new elegant shower rods in every bathroom, new vinyl flooring in every kitchen and bath, and installing hundreds of light fixtures. Eventually, the old Bittersweet Pointe Apartments was renamed Reflections Apartment Homes. Today, Reflections shines brightly because of Derrick’s sincere brand of southern hospitality.

 Originally from the greater New Orleans region, Derrick naturally greets everyone he meets with a smile. His maintenance skills are superb, his interpersonal skills are excellent, and his attitude demonstrates his respect for the residents. He sincerely wants them to be happy. The resident service he provides at Reflections Apartment Homes is prompt and complete.

While working to improve Reflections Apartment Homes, Derrick has also found time to further his professional education by earning both his CFC Certification and his CPO designation. Derrick is a real leader who rarely seems to have a bad day. His maintenance talent shines as brightly as his brand of hospitality. Way to go, Derrick! We’re proud of you.

 

 

Kent Klemp - A Skilled Home Builder Finds a Home with IGC

Kent.K.Website.May2016.jpgLong before Kent Klemp was familiar with IGC, he had a well-deserved reputation as a highly skilled home builder and expert roofer. He became aware of IGC shortly after replacing a roof at Avery Glen Apartments in 2010, soon joining us as Maintenance Supervisor at both View Pointe Apartments and Avery Glen Apartments in Valparaiso. By 2014 Kent was our competent lead for the $550,000 upgrade of View Pointe Apartments, and over the last six years has personally updated every aspect of more than 180 kitchens and bathrooms.

Without a single complaint, Kent has worked diligently -- sometimes six days a week -- upgrading two apartment communities that were built in the late 1960’s. During these hard working years, Kent also earned his CFC certification and CPO designation. We are also fortunate that he has personally recruited an excellent maintenance staff that we firmly believe provides the finest resident service in Valparaiso.

Today Kent is also Maintenance Supervisor over IGC’s newest community, The Preserve at Grande Oaks. Supervising three communities proves his prowess in our industry. He is clearly a leader among his peers, earning the high respect from our internal team of specialist, and from outside professional contractors. Kent has brought to IGC a maintenance talent that is both highly skilled but flawless in execution. His motto could easily be, “I cut no corners, and I take no short cuts, I just do it right every time.” Thank you, Kent!

 

 

DERRICK PERKINS - A Work Ethic Like No Other

Derrick.P.Website.May2016.jpgJoining IGC as an entry level maintenance technician eleven years ago Derrick Perkins’ career has been skyrocketing ever since. With outstanding painting and reliable maintenance skills Derrick proved himself as a competent maintenance generalist. Through diligent study, he quickly earned his CFC certification and later his CPO designation. Five years later, Derrick received a well-deserved promotion to Maintenance Supervisor at Cherry Hill Townhomes and State Place Apartments, proving his skill level and maintenance skills are unmatched. His HVAC and plumbing talents put him at the top of the IGC organization, his willingness to voluntarily assist other maintenance supervisors is truly remarkable, and he is regularly called to assist with many of IGC’s most complicated special maintenance projects. It should be further noted that Derrick has been nominated to the Indiana Apartment Association as Maintenance Supervisor of the Year on several occasions. However, what we celebrate most is the kind of hard working friend he is to all who know him.




KEVIN SHARP - Exceptional Character, Trustworthy and Hard Working

Kevin.S.Website.May2016.jpgJoining IGC as a maintenance technician in March of 2009 and due to his maintenance expertise and reliable work ethic, Kevin Sharp was promoted to Maintenance Supervisor for both Avalon Woods and Avalon West in Elkhart, IN, after 2 short years. Having truly earned the respect of his staff and other IGC leaders by being trust worthy and always willing to go “above and beyond,” Kevin regularly assists other fellow maintenance supervisors by interviewing technician candidates and being available to travel to other IGC communities at a moment’s notice.

An expert teacher who regularly instructs his staff on new maintenance solutions, Kevin is also a fine student of our industry and has earned numerous professional designations such as a Universal CFC and CPO. We honestly congratulate Kevin on his stellar career with IGC. He is gentleman whose personal and professional character is above reproach.





MARY JO HARKENRIDER -The Finest Service Delivering Inspired Hospitality

MJHarkenrider.Website.May2016.jpgMJ Harkenrider joined IGC in November of 2012 as a Community Manager at Fountain Lake Apartments, in Fort Wayne, IN. Since that time she has helped establish Fountain Lake Apartments as having one of the finest reputations for delivering exceptional customer service. MJ truly knows each resident by name and warmly welcomes each one with a sincere smile. She truly loves her staff and demostrates it daily through her unique brand of heart-felt hospitality.

In 2014, MJ was also given the title Community Manager at The Reserve at Norwood in Huntington, IN. And in 2015 earned the prestigious designation of Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) awarded through the National Apartment Association.

MJ is a strong leader, a loyal friend and unselfish professional who endeavors to help everyone she meets. Each of us sincerely congratulates MJ for her exceptional leadership qualities and her career success!

 
 

 

JERRY GRAHAM - 21 Years Leading By Example

Jerry.G.Website.May2016.jpgJerry Graham has been part of the In Good Company family since 1995 during which time he earned multiple professional maintenance certificates including Universal CFC, and CPO. And, he has attended countless Grace Hill Educational classes. During his impressive IGC career Jerry has held the title of Maintenance Supervisor at View Pointe, Avery Glen and Arbor Glen Apartments.

Today, Jerry Graham is Regional Maintenance Supervisor for IGC. His impressive work ethic is simply legendary. There is no difficult task that cannot be solved by Jerry, making his contribution a powerful part of IGC's succes. His peers describe him as perfectly loyal, completely reliable, truly humble and a brilliant technician. All of us loudly applaud Jerry for being the fine gentleman and great leader that he is. He has earned the respect of all IGC maintenance supervisors through the example he sets for us all.


 

 

 

SUZANNE MENDYKE - Celebrating 26 Years of Hard Work, Success and Loyalty

Suzanne.M.Website.Apr2016_2.jpgMs. Suzanne Mendyke joined us in October of 1989. Originally employed as a housekeeper in Peoria, Illinois, Suzanne is now a high performing and award winning regional property manager over (4) apartment communities in Lake County, Indiana. During her remarkable career, she has earned several prestigious industry certifications including: NALP (National Apartment Leasing Professional) designation in 1999, CAM (Certified Apartment Manager) certification in 2000 and RAM (Registered Apartment Manager) designation in 2001.

In addition, Suzanne was awarded Manager of the Year by the Northwest Indiana Apartment Council in 2013. Suzanne regularly shares her extensive property management knowledge with others within IGC. Her professional success story is one-in-a-million and it exemplifies perseverance, hard work and inspiration. 

 

 

 

CYNTHIA RANSOM - "Love all, serve all" Attitude for 26 Years!

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Cindy Ransom joined IGC on December 19, 1990 and has served as community manager of View Pointe Apartments in Valparaiso, IN for 26 years. During her early years, Cindy led the complete revitalization of all 156 apartment homes. Today each apartment home features a beautiful kitchen and a new modern bathroom. Each of the eleven buildings now have updated exteriors, interior hallways and attractive laundry rooms. In 1998, Cindy earned the opportunity to expand her responsibilities to include Avery Glen Apartments in Valparaiso, IN. As with View Pointe, Cindy was a leader during the process of upgrading Avery Glen with her brand of sincere grace and honest hospitality. Today, Avery Glen Apartments is the most beautiful community on busy Glendale Boulevard.  

While managing her growing apartment portfolio, Cindy also has found time to earn several impressive designations in property management. In 1991, Cindy earned her NALP designation. In 2000, Cindy earned the prestigious CAM designation. In 2002, Cindy earned her RAM certification. In addition, Cindy effectively and unselfishly coached every one of IGC’s community managers on exemplary Resident service and learning key administrative skills. In 2015, Cindy’s responsibilities expanded once again to include a new construction project in Valparaiso called The Preserve at Grande Oaks, leading the leasing of this new construction project for IGC.

It is our pleasure to have Cindy on our team as she emulates her brand of hospitality and awesome grace rarely seen in the multi-family industry. Watching Cindy interact with each of her Residents is a reminder of what serve truly means. Through all her years of service, whether good or difficult times, Cindy has maintained a “Love all, serve all” attitude.

Nothing like a little team building watching baseball with your friends and colleagues! Great day at the Cubs game with IGC!

IGC Wins Management Company of the Year!

An unprecedented win, IGC takes top honors as the Management Company of the year for 2015, the second time in 5 years! Watch the awards ceremony and see why we really do believe you deserve Special Treatment!

 After IGC Acquisition, Arbor Glen shines as Apartment Community of the Year!

(Michigan City, IN – Sept 2015)

AG.Bella.1.jpgWith time all things improve. But in the case of Parkwood Apartment Homes, a community burdened with a 35% vacancy rate and a list of deferred maintenance items that, the catalyst for improvement was not only time but being acquired by In Good Company.

With the sale complete in 2008, owners Jon Hicks and Michael Sakich went to work. The now renamed Arbor Glen is up to an 80% occupancy rate, and fits perfectly into the impeccable portfolio of IGC communities. The onsite superintendent, maintenance and support teams and even community managers were all key in the work and vision it took to completely update all interior and exterior specs and then proceed to lease out the community with great success. The team effort for turn-around culminated this month when they were named the Apartment Community of the Year 2014 by local newspaper, “The News Dispatch.”

Congratulations to IGC and Arbor Glen!

IGC Welcomes new Accounting Manager, Mary Lewis, to their Exceptional Team

Mary Lewis sees her career and motherhood as equally important parts of her identity. Until mid-June, she was vice president of administration and chief financial officer for Lakeshore Public Media, with responsibility for all finance and accounting procedures; compliance with corporate, state and federal grants; annual financial reports and audits; and management of the human resources office. She left the position to become accounting manager for In Good Company Management Services, a company that manages 27 top-rated rental communities. She says IGC partners Jonathan Hicks and Michael Sakich are hands-on owners. “They’re proud of their reputatioMary_1.jpgn and they’re very philanthropic.”

Lewis earned an accounting degree from Northern Michigan University and worked for several CPA firms. After her husband Michael earned an MBA in 1987, he began a career in finance with Procter & Gamble. As his career took off, the couple made a series of moves, first to a small town in Florida, then to Memphis, Cincinnati and Iowa City. With a growing family—the couple has two sons and a daughter—Lewis wanted to be with her kids after school and enjoy their extracurricular activities. So she worked a series of part-time jobs, including selling Mary Kay cosmetics, teaching aerobics classes and providing bookkeeping services to businesses. But she also felt a strong tug toward the work world and missed the intellectual stimulation. “It’s that craving for knowledge that I was not getting,” she says. “I would see my husband dressed in a suit and tie going to work at this big company every day, and I really envied the fact that he got to do this all the time.” The family moved to Crown Point in 1996, and Lewis set a goal of returning to her career when her youngest son graduated from high school in 2006. That’s exactly what she did, getting hired by Lakeshore Public Media as the station accountant in August 2006. Five months later, she was promoted to business manager and, as the nonprofit company grew, she moved into higher level executive positions.

True to her roots in accounting, Lewis is adept at balancing debits and credits in her life ledger and says success is not about the bottom line of money and prestige. “I would say you need to go into what makes you happy,” she says. “You’re going to be working a long time and life is short. You need to be proud of what you’re doing. If you’re not doing that, you’re in the wrong field.”

 

Source: Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly Summer 2015

 

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New Development Proposed for Luxury Apartment Community in Coffee Creek

Posted 5/22/2015 by Jeff Schultz from the Chesterton Tribune

Engineer Jeff Ban of Development Visions Group (DVG) Inc. recently presented conceptual plans for a luxury residential rental homes community to city planners. It sits on 18 acres of property on the east side of Kelle Drive between Railroad Rd and Sidewalk Rd with a total of 170 units spread out over 23 buildings.

Ban said the property is currently owned by Lake Erie Land Company and heading up development are Jon Hicks and Michael Sakich of In Good Company.

The neighborhood, he said, is called Conservancy Point at Coffee Creek Center, which will likely be changed to avoid confusion with the Coffee Creek Center Conservancy District.

The plans show that buildings will have from two to ten and twelve units each and there are plans for two open spaces in the center, a clubhouse, a swimming pool and a children’s play area. It is not planned to be a gated community, and the main entrance will be on Kelle Dr., with an exit for emergencies on Railroad Rd.

Ban said the buildings will be “prairie style homes” with an earthy appearance like those seen in Sand Creek. All utilities and roadways would be privately operated in this planned unit development. The nearby Enclave Apartments in Coffee Creek is also a luxury style apartment development.

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Congratulations to our Award Winners!

In the process of striving to always deliver the best hospitality experience in the industry, there have truly been some superstars. Although all the employees at IGC are winners, it is our desire to showcase three of those team members whose contribution is worth noting.

It is our pleasure to congratulate Eric Kratochvil (LEFT) who won the Indiana Apartment Association's award for Maintenance Supervisor of the Year. Eric's tireless service and dedication to serving others makes us all proud to have him in our ranks.

Suzanne Mendyke (MIDDLE) was awarded the Regional Manager of the Year from the Northern Indiana Apartment Council. She is a true leader and superstar in the IGC team.

Finally it is our pleasure to recognize Amy Conn, (RIGHT) who won Leasing Consultant of the Year from the Northern Indiana Apartment Council. IGC's near zero vacancy rate is due to the excellence and talent of people like Amy.

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We are Apt.Ratng.2014.web.pngTOP RATED!

These communities were awarded the status of TOP RATED for 2013.

Autumn Creek

Avalon Woods

Reflection

Bayberry Place

Brandy Chase

Add us to the list of places you search for your next apartment home.


 Going Green With Traditions

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(September 07, 2012 7:00 pm, Andrea Holecek Northwest Indiana Times Correspondent)

Being green is easy for residents living in In Good Company’s “Traditions” 75-apartment community, the first apartment community in Indiana certified “green” by the National Association of Home Builders.
Green housing is “sustainable home building using renewable materials prudently to conserve energy and environmental resources,” according to the association.

Traditions is located within The Village in Burns Harbor, a single-family neighborhood that also has been certified green by the home builders association, said Jonathan Hicks, one of two In Good Company’s owners.

“I think that the effort by the Village in Burns Harbor to be Northern Indiana’s first green neighborhood had a lot to do with us following suit and further that agenda,” he said. “As we learned more about green communities, we made the decision this is where we will stay.”

It is also “more responsible” for a company to provide green housing opportunities for the residents of Northwest Indiana, a region generally associated with heavy industry, Hicks said.

Building green doesn’t “really cost more,” He said.

“It’s simply not measurably more,” he said. “The benefit far outweighs the incremental difference.”
In Good Company, which was named the 2011 Management Company of the Year by the Indiana Apartment Association, owns and manages 23 apartment complexes throughout Indiana. Last year, it obtained a $6.5 million construction loan to build the green development on 40 lots purchased from the Village in Burns Harbor and hired L.I. Combs as its general contractor.

“They assisted us in obtaining (green) certification,” Hicks said. “It’s not just the building materials that are green. It’s the heating system, windows, construction materials and other things that all go into obtaining green status.”

The first building of the 10-building complex was fully leased before it opened. Hicks attributes it to the complex’s green status, plus the many amenities included in each unit.

“The green status is one aspect and the other is we’ve developed apartments with a strong residential fee,” he said. “Each has a laundry room; all interior lights fixtures were selected by a designer, virtually all bedrooms have a walk-in closet. In addition we have limited-access entries, detached and — in some units — inside garages and an open concept.”

Hicks anticipates having all 75 apartment leased by late fall.

 

“We could be moving toward permanent financing as opposed to a construction loan in a year,” he said. “We’re taking a measured risk in hopes we get the absorption. Emails and phone calls tell us demand is very strong for this product.”

 

 

IGC Recognized as Management Company of the Year!

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On October 6, 2011, The Indiana Apartment Association named In Good Company Property Management as the “Indiana Apartment Association’s 2011 Management Company of the Year.” A ceremony attended by thousands at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, during the apartment industry’s biggest night, the award was accepted by managing partners Jonathan Hicks and Michael Sakich and all 22 employees who attended the event.

Affiliated with the National Apartment Association, the Indiana Apartment Association is a statewide trade organization serving the owners and management companies of nearly 200,000 multifamily housing units. Judged by a panel of independent business people, winning this award is clearly a sign IGC is at the top of their game. Although this is only the second year they have thrown their hat into the ring with the IAA Awards, Michael and Jon have been successful in their own rite managing an impressive portfolio for well over 15 years.

Jon Hicks articulates his passion for people and his craft by stating that, “We truly feel serving others is an honorable profession. Not only are our residents important, our employees and the communities we do business in are equally valuable. This award belongs to everyone.”

Even as a first time winner their rise to the top is no surprise. Intentionally guided by principals that focus on people not just profit, IGC is proud of their reputation and their record growth, and have created an industry standard for desirable, meticulously maintained properties. What is most news-worthy is that in many of their communities, a zero vacancy rate is maintained and common.

With three new communities soon to be launched, including The Preserve at Grand Oaks in Valparaiso, Sterling Park in Portage and Traditions at the Village in Burns Harbor which will be the very first Green Certified Apartment community in Indiana, IGC will continue to find themselves on the stage of success. Employees will tell you that IGC’s growth is more about the team than the title, so it’s no surprise their company creed humbly states, “Alone We Achieve So Little, But Together We Achieve So Much.”

With over 20 communities all over Indiana, it is the intention of Michael and Jon that all employees will be able to take ownership of this prestigious award.

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