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


Our Mission Statement

Granite Student Living is dedicated to high-road, above-and-beyond, leading-edge property management of student housing. Granite believes in comprehensive, results oriented property management. Granite realizes that focusing on the development of our people will ensure sustainable and superior service. Granite LIVES student housing property management.


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!)
Andy Costa
Andrew Costa
Accounting
Andy grew up in western Massachusetts and moved to the Lafayette area in 2004. He began working at Granite in the spring of 2015, bringing with him a variety of experience. He is married with two children and lives on a small plantation just south of Lafayette.

About me

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy sports, horticulture, and spending time with my wife and children.
What is your favorite food?
Chicken wings
Angie Hoffman
Angie Hoffman
Accounting
Angie joined the Granite team in July of 2014. She grew up in Fort Wayne and moved to the Lafayette area after getting married in 2012. Angie graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a degree in Nursing and worked as an RN for awhile. Deciding to switch gears, she got into banking for a couple years and then decided to join the accounting department at Granite.

About me

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, playing games, photography, and doing crafty things.
What is your favorite food?
Italian and Ice Cream
Short-term goal?
To complete a half marathon under 2 hours
Kara Richards
Kara Richards
Accounting
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
Kara Richards
Brody Gregg
Accounting
Brody grew up in the Greater Lafayette area. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Sociology, before working in Social Services for four years. Brody joined Granite in August 2015. He is married with two children (twins).

About me

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Lifting weights so I can be stronger than Andy.
What's an interesting fact about you?
I'm a published author and I play several instruments.
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 Student Living as a leasing consultant in October 2010. Christian is married with three daughters. He enjoys watching movies, playing music, and competitive activities. But mostly he enjoys peace and quiet.

About me

What is your favorite book?
The Book of Proverbs. It is a composition of the collective wisdom of some of the wealthiest, most powerful, most knowledgeable, and wisest kings in history.
What is your favorite quote?
"He which testifies to these things says, 'Surely I come quickly.' Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus." - Revelation 22:20
What do you really want to say?
Trust me!
Brandi Casserly
Brandi Casserly
Administrative
Brandi 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 food?
I have always enjoyed Mexican food! Tacos, burritos, chalupas, enchiladas - pretty much all of it!
What is your favorite quote?
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." - E.E. Cummings
"What's an interesting fact about you?
I have two amazing sons, who happen to be identical twins.
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 Heffner
Leasing
Rachelle 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 recently joined the married life with her husband, Dave, in March of 2015. In her spare time, Rachelle enjoys doing DIY projects with her husband around the house and being a part of the college ministry at their church.

About me

What's your favorite food?
I love ice cream and coffee. Doesn't have to be enjoyed together, but the combo is pretty perfect.
Short-term goal?
To complete the Indy-mini for the second time with my husband!
Miley Song
Miley Song
Leasing
Miley came from Hangzhou, China. She graduated from Purdue in August 2014 with a Master's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and started work for Granite right after. Miley can speak Mandarin, Cantonese and English of course.She is a true "Alien".

About me

What is your favorite American food?
Cheese fries.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy cooking, both eastern and western food since I believe delicious food with love is the most powerful thing in the world. I also enjoy cleaning my apartment and watching movies in my spare time.
Hannah Harper
Hannah Harper
Leasing
Hannah grew up in the Lafayette area and graduated from the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue in May 2014. Six months later, she started working at Granite as a member of the leasing team. Hannah also works as a freelance writer for the Lafayette Magazine, and has contributed to almost every issue since May 2011.

About me

What are some of your interests?
In addition to writing, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, and going to concerts.
What is your favorite college sports team?
Purdue basketball (win or lose)
Hannah Harper
Andrew Spencer
Leasing
Andrew is from Grant, Michigan and has lived in the Lafayette area since May 2012. After working almost 6 years in health and human services, he decided it was time for a change. In 2014 he decided to return to school and is currently enrolled in online classes seeking a degree in business administration. When he isn't working his rear-end off, studying, or spending time with his lovely wife, Andrew loves to indulge in both the Marvel and D.C. Universe. His favorite super heroes are Green Arrow, Fire Storm, and Iron Man. Though he will always have a heart for helping others, he is excited to be working with Granite Student Living.

About me

What is your favorite food?
Blue Nile Meat Shawarma sandwich
What is your favorite quote?
"The truth may be stretched thing, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water." - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
Hannah Harper
Tiffany Brown
Leasing
I grew up in Lafayette, IN and attended Johnson University in Knoxville, TN where I studied Intercultural Studies. After graduating, I lived in Athens, Greece for a short time working with refugees. I am now happy to be working at Granite!

About me

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is Mediterranean food. I should probably own stock in Blue Nile.
What's an interesting fact about you?
I'm a vegetarian.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my friends, having dinner, going to antique shops, and exploring the good ol' state of Indiana. I also enjoy volunteering with international students and helping them learn English.
Hannah Harper
Kascha Oakley
Leasing
I was born and raised in Lafayette, IN. I am the oldest of 5, with 20 years difference between me and my youngest brother. I am also an aunt of twin boys who stole my heart before they were born. I graduated Ivy Tech Community College with a Technical Certificate in Dental Assisting. I soon realized that the dental life was not for me. I started working for Granite in July 2015 as a leasing consultant and I couldn't be happier.

About me

What is your favorite quote?
"Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be." - Sonia Ricotti
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to play tennis, try to hunt when I can, and watch baseball (Go Cubs, Go). I love listening to music and dancing. Spending time with my friends and family are always on the top of my to do list.
Hannah Harper
Emily Perlstein
Leasing
Emily is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Purdue University and graduated in December of 2014 with a degree in English Literature. Before working for Granite, Emily interned at Covenant Church in the Student and Family Ministry. She is happily married and spends most of her free time taking awesome photos of her adorable puppy, Roary.

About me

What is your favorite book?
I'm a big fan of the Harry Potter series. And The Chronicles of Narnia. But if I had to pick a favorite non-series book it would be The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien...even though it's kinda a downer.
What is your favorite quote?
"When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul." From the hymn 'It Is Well with my Soul' by Horatio G. Spafford.
Josh Borga
Josh Borga
Operations
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 Calvary Baptist Church.

About me

What is your favorite quote?
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." -Oscar Wilde
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Fixing up and enjoying old cars, spending time with my wife and 2 girls.
Larry Clark
Larry Clark
Operations
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.
Larry Clark
Josh Hill
Operations
Josh grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina with Hobbies that included camping, backpacking and hunting. I enjoy spending time with my wife, who is an amazing photographer and 4 kids. We love our hectic life of work and church.

About me

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Hunting and being a color commentator for The Big Ten Network and Purdue women's volleyball. Spending time with my family.
What is your favorite quote?
"Live every day as if it was on purpose."
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.