Granite Management Team
225 Northwestern Ave.
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.
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!)
Andrew 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
Kara Rutan
Kara Rutan
Accounting
Kara 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
Brody Gregg
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.
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.
Kascha Oakley
Kascha Oakley
Administrative
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.
Savannah Crow
Savannah Crow
Administration/Operations
Savannah graduated from Purdue University in 2014, and has been with Granite since 2010. She started as a part-time student and never left! She recently bought her first home in Lafayette, and lives with her pug, Morty, and cat, Rory.

About me

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love spending time with friends and family, and I'm a huge traveler.
What's your favorite food?
My absolute favorite food is sushi, but I'll try anything once!
Kari Voss
Kari Voss
Administrative
Kari was born and raised in Lafayette.​ ​She is married and has a son. Before ​joining Granite​ in January 2016​, ​Kari ​worked ​in property management for 6 years.​

About me

What is your favorite food?
Italian. Anything with pasta!
What is your ideal vacation?
Anywhere is sunny and hot, preferably on the beach.
Gretchen Shelmon
Gretchen Shelmon
Administration
Gretchen is a Lafayette native. She graduated from Hanover College in 2011 with a degree in psychology and business. After college, she moved back to the Lafayette area and worked at Purdue for a few years while getting her master's degree in communications. Gretchen and her husband (who is also her high school sweetheart) enjoy traveling, working on home renovations, and attending Purdue sporting events.

About me

The way to your heart?
Anything miniature, crime stories, and Turkey Hill Double Dunker ice cream.
Jessica Jordan
Jessica Jordan
Marketing
Jessica is originally from a small town that is an hour away. She came to Purdue University and graduated in 2004. She and her husband have been married for 15 years and now call Lafayette home. Her husband is a Lafayette Firefighter and they have three children. She has no downtime and spends any extra minutes in the day taking her oldest to one of her many sporting events and wrangling her toddler at such event.

About me

What is one thing you would want people to know about you?
That they should never offer me seafood of ANY KIND! I really hate the smell and taste of it.
If you did have free time, what would you do?
I love spending time with my husband so we would travel and vacation new places.
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.
Melissa Frazier
Melissa Frazier
Operations
Melissa came to work for Granite in May of 2016. She relocated to Lafayette from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Before Granite, she was a 911 dispatcher for five years. One fun fact about Melissa is that her husband is an identical twin. Together they have an English Mastiff named Thor, a Corgi named Rey, and a 15 pound cat named Ami. She has a great, endless love for Disney and Star Wars (she would totally be on the dark side).

About me

One statement is true, one statement is false. Up to you to decide.
I have solved a rubik's cube OR I have been to Paris.
What is your favorite Ice cream flavor?
Lemon! But that isn't always popular, so then my next favorite back up would be chocolate.
Kimberly Depue
Kimberly Depue
Operations
Kimberly is a recent December-graduate from Purdue University with a major in Communications. She's lived in Lafayette for about 10 years and appreciates having family living right across the river. She loves spending time with her church family and being involved in different ministries. Some of her most favorite things to do are to sing with friends, read some books, and watch movies or whatever show has caught her eye recently. One of her biggest passions are connecting people with each other - and you'll probably hear her speak some random movie quotes or a bit of Spanish in the process.

About me

What's a hidden talent of yours?
Writing in calligraphy. I have a few pens and ink wells and I love playing around with song lyrics and verses and writing them in a way that makes the words stand out even more than they already do to me.
What type of music do you listen to?
Pretty much whatever I feel like singing along to in the moment! I love a range of music from Christian praise or even rap to musicals to Disney soundtracks to pop music and even some classy instrumentals. I'll enjoy most things so long as it's not country!
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.
Ryan Ridge
Ryan Ridge
Maintenance
Ryan has lived in Lafayette for 28 of his 30 years doing a short 2 year stint in Muncie Indiana(boo ball state). He went to Lafayette Jeff where he played varsity basketball and football. He has been with Granite since the spring of 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and their four fur babies on the south side of Lafayette. He is active in his church and coaching youth basketball at legacy sports plex. Ryan also looooves Purdue basketball!

About me

Favorite type of movie:
Disney/Pixar
Favorite food:
Ryan considers himself a pizza connoisseur
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 four daughters. He enjoys watching movies, music theory, physical exercise, and competitive activities. But mostly he enjoys peace and quiet.

About me

What's something you've always wanted to do?
Since I was 16, I've wanted to learn to speak Mandarin. I got a good start a few years ago, but having children threw me off. One of these days, I'll get back to it.
What is your favorite book?
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 movie?
I have a top five: 1) Miracle 2) Tombstone 3) Saving Private Ryan 4) The Greatest Game Ever Played
5) Inception. (The order changes from time to time.)
Austin DeVincent
Austin DeVincent
Leasing
I come from the great metropolis of Angola, IN. (Not even close to being a big town.) Lafayette is my current home where my wife and son keep me in line. I was a DirecTV technician for many years (4.5) until I came back to school to achieve my degree in Aeronautical Engineering Technology. I love airplanes, FOOD, home projects, and coffee. There is no such thing as a bad pizza, I’m a sucker for piano jazz and a good card game.

About me

Claim to fame :
I am related to Gary Sinise...Lt. Dan.
Favorite color :
Navy Blue
Dream Vehicle :
1989 Blue Ford F150
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
Daegan Stuart
Daegan Stuart
Leasing
Daegan arrived in West Lafayette in July of 2016. He graduated from Willamette University with a Bachelors in Psychology. His hobbies include reading boring psychology books with the hopes of one day reading minds, going to the gym, and all types of nerdom. He's only a silver ranked player in SC2, LOL, and Overwatch, prefers white/blue control decks, 3rd Gen is his favorite, Mudkip is his starter, and prefers Star Fleet over the Jedi Order. If you got all of the references we can be friends.

About me

What are your short term goals?
Since I'm already stronger than both Andy and Brody, I plan on doubling my bodyweight in my Deadlift by the end of the year.
If you could have one super power what would it be?
I would like the ability to not have to sleep.
Christian Svetanoff
Christian Svetanoff
Leasing
Christian is a husband to his pretty awesome wife, Hannah, and the one and only "Batdad" to his sons Jayden and Oliver (he's on the way). He has lived in Lafayette since he was nine months old, and started working with Granite in October of 2016. Outside of Granite, he is an active member of Clear River Church alongside his friends/co-workers Ryan Ridge, Bryan Koleff and Austin DeVincent. He has a Associate's degree in Criminal Justice, but realized that he likes Granite more than he would like being a police officer. During his free time he enjoys board games, music and movies.

About me

What is your favorite board/card game?
I enjoy 7 Wonders, Dominion, Settlers and any game I can beat Hannah in.
What is your favorite genre of music?
I love Christian metalcore (ABR, Silent Planet, Fit For a King).
Favorite movie?
This is a very difficult question...I do not have a favorite, just memorable mentions. I LOVE Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Hacksaw Ridge and Terminator 2.
Jordan Howard
Jordan Howard
Leasing
Jordan grew up in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and came to West Lafayette in 2013. She's currently working on her Bachelor's degree at Purdue University. She started working at Granite in February 2017 and couldn't be happier! In her spare time she enjoys teaching dance, yoga, painting, DIY projects, singing and playing music, eating cookies and avoiding confrontation.

About me

What is something most people don't know about you?
I play the ukelele!
What's your favorite food?
Sushi, Mexican food, and anything with cheese!
Ashley Bohannon
Ashley Bohannon
Leasing
Ashley was born and raised in Rensselaer, Indiana. She attended Indiana State University and has a Bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Science. Her pride and joy are her two little boys, Jaydin and Braxtin! She loves being a mommy!

About me

Interesting fact:
I bungee jumped when I was 11.
Favorite Color:
GREEN and PURPLE
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
I would totally be invisible!
Alaina Bower
Alaina Bower
Leasing
Alaina was born and raised in Lafayette, IN. Before working for Granite in April 2017 she was in the medical field for 4 years and came to realize that wasn't what she wanted to do. She recently bought a house with her significant other, who is a firefighter in Whitestown, IN. She also enjoys hanging out with her dog Tucker.

About me

Interesting fact:
I have a twin sister.
Favorite Color:
Red, Purple & Yellow
Favorite Food:
Italian
Alaina Bower
Cory Best
Leasing
Cory was born and raised 20 minutes south of Lafayette. After spending 8 years in the Marine Corps he moved back to Indiana and began working in Restaurant Management. After 5 years, he decided to make a change toward a career with a better work-life balance and joined the Granite team as a leasing consultant.

About me

What do I like to do in my free time?
I am always trying to learn something new. I'm currently learning to play the Saxophone and am remodeling my house.
What's one of the most fascinating things about you?
I have traveled to 16 countries and have traveled across the Pacific Ocean and Indian ocean by ship.
Lauren N
Lauren N.
Leasing
Lauren was born and raised in the beautiful state of Iowa. She graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music from the University of Northern Iowa, and she subsequently went overseas for a year to do missions work around the world.
She moved to Lafayette in 2015 to pursue a Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Faith Seminary. She has hopes to use that degree to help hurting people understand their need for Jesus and His amazing grace and love. After grad school, she plans on either returning to Iowa or going overseas to be a counselor for missionaries.

About me

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love spending time with my brother, sister-in-law, and adorable nephews! Being an auntie is such a sweet gift. I also love reading a lot of books at once.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I love traveling. I have been to over 30 countries, and I hope I will always have the opportunity to travel and meet new people!
Michelle Albregts
Michelle Albregts
Leasing
Michelle was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana. She graduated from Purdue University in December 2013. In her free time, she likes spending time with family and friends, reading, and watching Purdue football and basketball.

About me

Favorite Food:
Any type of Mexican food
One of my favorite quotes:
“Life is what happens to you, while you’re busy making other plans.”-John Lennon
Jessi Rice
Jessi Rice
Leasing
I was born and raised in Centerville, IN, and moved to West Lafayette with my husband in 2013 so he could attend Purdue. I work at Granite full-time, and also do freelance work as a makeup artist for weddings and special events. Eventually, I want to attend the Aveda Fredrick's Institute to study for my Esthetician license. I hope to one day open my own day spa!

About me

Where are your favorite place's to be?
The beach, and Sephora!
What's the perfect date?
That's a tough one. April 25th... it's not too hot, and not too cold.
Peter Ristau
Peter Ristau
Information Technology
Peter is a Chicago native. While he spent a few years living on the west coast, the midwest is still his home. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science he started to develop Mobile Applications. He did that for 3 years before joining the Granite team. In his free time he enjoys playing with his 2 daughters watching TV with his wife and developing video games.

About me

Favorite Food?
Mexican, pizza, or a REAL Chicago style hotdog.
What is something you enjoy that most people wouldn’t know about you?
Boxing.
Larry Bickett
Larry Bickett

Larry was raised in the Greater Lafayette area with family roots in the Construction industry. Prior to working for Granite, he worked for 14 years in Warehousing / Logistics and was fortunate enough to do some international travel. He is thankful and excited about the opportunity to work alongside his coworkers in the Operations Team!

About me

What do you like to do with your free time:
Cycling, vintage motorcycles, metal fabrication
Favorite food:
Pad Thai
Kellie Conway
Kellie Conway

Kellie was born and raised in Hammond, IN. After getting her degree in Hospitality Tourism Management from Purdue University she moved to Houston to be a restaurant manager with Pappas before moving home joining the Granite team. In her free time, she loves being outside and going on hikes with her boyfriend, and dog Gibbs, and spending time with family and friends.

About me

Favorite Food?
Mexican, pizza, or a REAL Chicago style hotdog.
What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I am a kayaking, high ropes, and archery instructor.