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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
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.
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
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!"
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!)
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)
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 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.
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.
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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