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Granite Management Team
20 N. Salisbury St.
Suite A
West Lafayette, IN
(765) 269-7283

Our Team

The Granite Student Living commitment is possible because of excellent, committed, high integrity people. If you're a resident, Granite's unmatched leasing expertise, diligence and professionalism, specifically focused within the Lafayette and West Lafayette area's student housing market, translates into the highest capacity to find your perfect fit. Bottom line, no other company works harder to offer you more options, so you can find precisely the right living space for your target mix of price, location and amenities, or provide you more responsive service when there is a problem, so you remain satisfied in your living experience.
If you're a property owner, Granite's unmatched leasing strategy combined with an objective and analytical approach to business solutions, specifically focused within the Purdue University student market, translates into a more robust market analysis to optimize rental rates, more detailed budget and maintenance reporting to optimize costs, and more responsive resident service to optimize retention. Bottom line, no other company works harder towards achieving a sustainable, maximized return on your commercial property investment.
Brent Gutwein
Brent Gutwein
Management
Brent Gutwein is the co-founder and a managing partner of Granite. Prior to founding Granite, Brent owned AAG Venture, LLC, a row crop farming operation and grain elevator that sourced and serviced the commodity needs of Morning Song Wild Bird Food. In addition, he was the CEO of Fred Gutwein Family Citrus, LLC, a Florida based family citrus operation for 10 years. Brent managed the production and finances of the citrus operation for Fred Gutwein Family Citrus, LLC as well as the strategic liquidation of the underlying real estate. Brent is also co-founder and President of Boulder Group - a real estate capital management firm providing individuals and institutions with professional, dedicated and focused attention to real estate deals.
Brent received his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Business Administration from the Krannert School of Management of Purdue University. He holds an Indiana real estate broker's license.
Brent is married with three children. He is an avid runner and recently achieved his goal of running the equivalent number of miles as jaunting around the equator, hence he has decided to turn around and head back home...

About me

What is your favorite music group?
Keith Green (even though he passed away in 1982). Check his music out on YouTube.
What is your absolute favorite meal?
Caesar salad with freshly grated parmesan, homemade croutons, and anchovies
Paprikash (chicken based) with spaetzle
Old fashioned cream pie
Name something most people would be surprised to learn about you.
I am empathetic.
Joel Brovont
Joel Brovont
Management
Joel Brovont is the office manager at Granite Management and has been working for the company since October 2009. Before working for Granite, Joel worked as president and co-founder of JC Ministries, Inc., a 501-c3 non-profit music ministry with his wife. He continues to work as a part of JC Ministries today. (www.JoelBrovont.com)
Joel graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision. He was also a member of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club for 4 years, and he was elected to serve on their leadership team as a Purdusir for two of those years.
Joel is married with four children. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, playing basketball, riding his motorcycle, and serving as a part of his local church.

About me

What is an interesting fact about you?
I have traveled to 23 different states and seven different countries.
What is your absolute favorite meal?
I'm always game for a steak burrito bowl from Chipotle. Add hot salsa, fajita veggies, and guac. Yummmm.
What is your favorite book?
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Ron Chapman
Ron Chapman
Accounting
Ron worked 36 years in manufacturing accounting before coming to property management at Granite. He has resided around the Lafayette area most of his working career and has been happy to continue working in such a great area full of opportunity.

About me

What is something you enjoy that most people wouldn't know about you?
One of the things I enjoy is landscaping.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I have sung on the Grand Ole Opry stage at the Ryman Auditorium. (Try to top that!)
Trish Albright
Trish Albright
Accounting
Trish graduated from Purdue University in 2005 with a degree in Public Relations. Since 2000, she has worked as a minister in her church and is passionate about being a follower of Jesus Christ.

About me

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love traveling and singing with U-turn Music Ministry!
What is your life goal?
To be the next Martha Stewart...only not in prison!
What is your favorite quote?
"Things may not turn out the way that you expect....sometimes it's even better!" -Unknown
Beth Wilson
Beth Wilson
Accounting
Beth joined Granite in July of 2011 as an administrative assistant and then moved to accounts payable a short time later. Beth graduated from Purdue in 2008 with a degree in Management from Krannert. Before working at Granite, Beth worked at her church, went to a small Bible school on the Oregon coast for a year, and worked as an administrative assistant at Purdue (among other things).

About me

What is an interesting fact about you?
I have traveled to five continents: North America (all over the U.S.), South America (Ecuador), Africa (South Africa), Asia (China), and Europe (France).
What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal is any kind of homemade Chinese food- especially dumplings!
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy baking all kind of treats - pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, etc. I also enjoy knitting and reading.
Cara Wright
Cara Wright
Accounting
Cara Wright joined the Granite team in July of 2013. Previously she worked in banking for 5 years as well as Vision of Hope Residential Treatment Center helping woman fight addictions. Cara has her Associates degree in Applied Sciences and has also attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina for a Woman's Studies degree.

About me

What is your favorite meal?
STEAK, corn on the cob, and garlic mashed potatoes....mmm
What is your favorite quote/verse?
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." -Rom 8:18
What is something you enjoy that most people wouldn't know about you?
I love planes and flying them. My family gave me flying lessons for my birthday when I was sixteen, I haven't gone in a while, but would love to get my pilot's license. I also enjoy scuba diving and working on cars.
Becky Arthur
Becky Arthur
Accounting
Becky is a newlywed who moved to the Lafayette area two years ago to intern at a residential treatment facility for young ladies called Vision of Hope. She serves as a member of the worship team at her church, Faith Church West and loves to sing and play the ukulele. Becky greatly enjoys cooking, doing crafty renovation projects with her husband, shopping at thrift stores, and watching sports.

About me

What are your favorite bands?
All Sons and Daughters, Gungor, Walk off the Earth, and Imagine Dragons
What is an interesting fact about you?
I come from a Syrian/Lebanese background - What?! You couldn't tell from my blonde hair and blue eyes?!
What is your absolute favorite meal?
My Nana's Syrian hummus, tabbouleh and Kibbeh - Mmm!!
Christian Beaver
Christian Beaver
Leasing
Christian graduated in May 2010 with a degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University. Shortly thereafter, he began working for Granite Management as a leasing consultant in October 2010. Christian is married with two daughters.

About me

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Piano, learning music, learning to play instruments.
What is your life goal?
To change the world, one day at a time!
What is your favorite apartment managed by Granite?
My favorite apartment managed by Granite is Wall Street #4.
Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith
Leasing
Matthew has been a full-time leasing consultant with Granite since October of 2011. He enjoys staying late at the office and working weekends for your specific convenience. When he's not helping people find the best apartment for them, he enjoys spending time with the love of his life and occasionally sleeping.

About me

Matthew thinks you would look dang fine in a Granite apartment, IF: You enjoy living in good locations at good prices.
You like living in a nice, comfortable apartment.
You like quick, reliable maintenance.
"If this describes you, call 765.269.7283 and ask for me. We'll find your perfect fit ... and we'll do so really, really fast. We're like a buffet that has filet mignon and lobster ... except with apartments!"
Greg Meyer
Greg Meyer
Leasing
Greg grew up on a farm just north of Richmond, IN. He graduated in May 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and has been with Granite since June 2012.

About me

What is your greatest accomplishment?
"I haven't accomplished much yet, but I'm working toward earning an MBA, which has been interesting so far. "
What is your Favorite Band?
"Avett Brothers, Death Cab for Cutie, and Counting Crows."
What is your favorite book?
To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck and short stories by John Cheever and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Brandi Casserly
Brandi Casserly
Leasing
Brandi Casserly joined Granite in July of 2013 as a leasing consultant. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Social Work. Before working for Granite, Brandi spent three years working for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley as a Program Manager. She gained her experience in the apartment industry while working for NTS Development Company in Indianapolis.

About me

What is your absolute favorite meal?
I love Mexican food. My mom's tacos are amazing!
What is your favorite quote?
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." - E.E. Cummings
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Exploring the Layette area with my husband and crazy dog, Rocky.
Bryan Koleff
Bryan Koleff
Leasing
Bryan Koleff hails from Valparaiso, Indiana and has lived in West Lafayette since 2004. After graduating from Purdue with a Bachelor's Degree in History in 2009, Bryan started working at Greyhouse Coffee and Supply Co. Bryan spent 5 years with Greyhouse spending the last two as the Kitchen Manager of the popular student -loved coffeehouse. He hopes to get back into coffee someday to open up his own coffeehouse...after many years of loyal service with Granite Student Living, of course.

About me

What is your favorite musical group?
The Appleseed Cast
What do you like to do in your free time?
Listening and playing music, playing sports such as tennis, roller hockey, and basketball, educating myself on coffee and the culinary arts, and spending time with my lovely wife.
If Granite were to relocate, where would you choose for it to be?
The Pacific Northwest, like Oregon or Washington
Rachelle Jones
Rachelle Jones
Leasing
Rachelle Jones is a native to Lafayette, IN and a Boilermaker through and through. She graduated from Purdue University in 2013 with a degree in OLS and began working at Granite shortly afterwards. Rachelle is thankful to still be in the area where she can continue to be heavily involved at Faith Church, and with the girls in her Bible study at Purdue. In her spare time, she loves to try new experiences and to travel, especially to her family's condo on a lake. (It's perfect in the fall!)

About me

What's an interesting fact about you?
I am obsessed with the sky and constantly in awe of the Creator of it! There are always pictures of sunsets on my phone.
Short-term goal?
To complete the Indy-mini with a smile on my face!
Anything else?
I write everything down and have too many notes around my house. I'm also addicted to coffee. (Einstein's is the best!)
Josh Borga
Josh Borga
Administrative
Josh is a native of Lafayette, IN. After graduating from high school, he started right into a family business. He worked with family for 15+ years until July of 2012. Since that time, Josh has been working in Operations at Granite. Josh is married with 2 daughters and they attend Kossuth Street Baptist Church. Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and girls along with fixing up and selling classic cars.

About me

What is your favorite meal?
Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes and salad
What is your favorite quote?
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." -Oscar Wilde
What is something you enjoy that most people wouldn't know about you?
I can listen to just about any kind of music from rap to rock to classical to Christian.
Margie Leer
Margie Leer
Administrative
Margie graduated from Liberty University with an elementary education degree. She taught for several years and later home educated her children. Prior to coming to Granite, she had been working as a Purdue elementary education supervisor for student teachers and an office manager for a local chiropractor. She and her family enjoy sports of all kinds.

About me

What is your favorite music group?
My favorite artist is Steven Curtis Chapman, but I like many Christian contemporary groups and artists.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I was born and grew up in Alaska.
What is your favorite quote?
"Normal" is a setting on your dryer.
Larry Clark
Larry Clark
Administrative
Larry Clark came to Granite after retiring from working at Caterpillar for over thirty years, in engine assembly and testing and, later quality control. He has an associate's degree from IVTC in automotive service and worked as an auto mechanic prior to Caterpillar.

About me

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Our main hobbies revolve around our family. I do enjoy antique farm machinery and car shows. Robin and I also like to go to antique and collectibles flea markets.
What is your favorite food?
I like Chinese food, but can't say I have a favorite place to eat.
Kara Richards
Kara Richards
Administrative
Kara Richards grew up in New Washington, Ohio and will always consider herself a Buckeye at heart. She graduated from Mercy College in 2008 with a degree in Radiologic Technology and worked as an X-ray Tech for several years. Deciding to shift gears, she joined Granite's team in July 2013. She loves Jesus, spending time with her family, climbing mountains, California, songwriting- and dessert.

About me

What's an interesting fact about you?
My car had 3 different license plates in less than one year: Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana. Never thought my life would be that crazy!
What's the most inspiring book you've read?
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller.
What is your favorite quote?
"Comparison is the thief of joy." ~Theodore Roosevelt
Bryan Oakley
Bryan Oakley
Maintenance
Bryan came to work at Granite by word of mouth and knowing the office manager (Joel).
"Granite has given me the opportunity to use many of my skills in the maintenance department and has allowed me to not only work with great staff, but to also lead and train others in the maintenance department as their supervisor."
Bryan is married and has five children with 20 years between the oldest and youngest.

About me

What is your greatest hidden talent?
I am a musician. I have been blessed to be able to play several different instruments and also to be in a Christian band called U-Turn.
Name something most people would be surprised to learn about you.
I have been told that I have the patience of Job by several people, a couple of them from my maintenance team.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy taking off in the evenings after the kids have finished playing baseball and going for a ride on my motorcycle with my wife. I enjoy spending any available time with my family.
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