Meet a few of the members of the Shipshewana Trading Place team, who work hard to make Shipshewana a destination worth visiting time and time again.
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Keith has been an owner/operator of Shipshewana Trading Place since 1981. With a strong commitment to keeping the company a family-owned business, he purchased the organization fully in September 2015 and has since been joined in the office by his son, as well as, his daughter in the livestock office. Don't be surprised to see his wife, children and grandchildren around from time-to-time helping to keep the business moving forward. Keith is an active member of River Oaks Community Church and a board member for the Westview School Corporation. In his spare time, Keith loves to spend time with his family, especially his eight grandchildren.
Business Development Director
Brian joined the family business in December 2015 alongside his dad leading business development efforts. With more than 10 years in the RV industry, it is not surprising that one of his first efforts includes the expansion of RV services with a new RV Service Center, scheduled to open in October 2016 offering Full PDI (Post Delivery Inspection); warranty work, service work, add-on sales and installation and winterizing services. In his free time, Brian loves spending time just hanging out with his wife and 2 young children.
Flea Market Director
Since 2006, Michael has managed the operations of the Midwest's Largest Flea Market including vendor recruitment and retainment, maintenance, and customer service. Michael loves meeting new people and working with vendors to help them have the best experience possible at the market. His responsibilities also include managing the Swap Meets, the Shipshewana Across the Road Indoor Market, and other special events held on the flea market & auction grounds. Michael is married and lives in Shipshewana with his wife and three children.
Antique & Misc. Auction Manager
Ryne joined the team in early 2019 after serving in the business/economic development roles in both the public and private sectors. He manages the weekly Wednesday Antique & Miscellaneous Auction. He attended the University of Toledo (OH), majoring in political science and business. Ryne enjoys spending time on the lake with his family in LaGrange County, and he and his fiance are active members at Avalon Missionary Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Antique & Misc Auction Assistant and Cashier
Wanda's roots at Shipshewana Auction run deep. When she was a little girl, her father and mother owned the business and Wanda would sell popcorn to buyers and sellers. Currently, Wanda can be found on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Misc. & Antique office fielding phone calls and working the buyer windows. She also clerks at the Friday horse auctions. When she's not at Shipshewana Auction, Wanda enjoys working for a shop uptown, collecting high-end primitives, and traveling to Indy and Phoenix to visit family.
Human Resource Coordinator
Rita started with Shipshewana Trading Place in 2017 as the human resource coordinator. She has 10 years in the HR field, and enjoys the challenge of the job and how it changes from day to day. Rita lives at the lake and enjoys all aspects of lake life including swimming, boating and paddle boarding.
Eric has been with Shipshewana Auction since 2003 where he heads up the accounting department. Eric has been a part of the local community his whole life and actually worked for Shipshewana Auction during the summers through his high school and college years. Eric lives in the Shipshewana area with his wife and two children.
Lora leads the strategic marketing and customer service initiatives for the Shipshewana Trading Place brand. Prior to joining the team in October, 2014 she spent 13 years in healthcare marketing for IU Health. She lives in Shipshewana with her husband and their three children. In her spare time, she loves to spend time outdoors with her family, cooking and arts & crafts.
Administrative & Marketing Coordinator
Carlie joined Shipshewana Trading Place in the spring of 2015. During the summer season, you'll find her in the flea market office checking in vendors and assisting customers. She also serves on the marketing team and manages the front desk in the corporate office. Carlie is our resident artist and DIY expert - you'll find her projects throughout the property including the Farmstead Inn hot tub mural, the pig statue in the Flea Market, and the animal chalkboards in the Auction Restuarant. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Indiana University. In her spare time, she likes to hang out with her husband and two children, and she loves to upcycle.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Since 2015, Anna has maintained Shipshewana Trading Place's digital presence by managing the website, blog, mobile app, email campaigns and social media. She is also the in-house graphic designer, photographer and videographer. Anna has a degree in public relations & digital media from Ball State University. Outside of work, she enjoys collecting vintage Pyrex and playing keyboard on her church's worship team.
Merv joined the maintenance team in 2018 and helps provide overall direction of the day-to-day maintenance, as well as, the ongoing upkeep of our facilities. Before joining Shipshewana Trading Place, Merv worked for Westview Schools for 11 years and also owned Ace Hardware in Shipshewana for 30 years. In his spare time, he enjoys going to his lake house, antiquing, gardening, and spending time with his grandkids on the farm.
General Manager: Farmstead Inn & Conference Center
Mark joined the Farmstead Inn and Conference Center as General Manager in June of 2015. He spent his professional career prior to the hotel as an educator. Mark lives in Shipshewana with his wife, twin boys, and daughter.
Group & Conference Coordinator: Farmstead Inn & Conference Center
Elaine started working with our Group reservations in May of 2010. Since then she has made countless friendships as she helps our groups with their every need. She enjoys shopping and Jeeping in her time away from the hotel.
Food Service Lead & Flea Market Assistant
Cyndi has been with Shipshewana Trading Place since 2011, and has over 30 years of food & customer service experience. Currently, she manages the breakfast area at the Farmstead Inn and the Auction Barn snack bar. You may also find Cyndi clerking at the Wednesday Antique & Misc. Auction or assisting with vendor check-in at the Flea Market office. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, mowing the lawn and spending time with her husband Ty and his two children. She also keeps busy taking care of her four large talking parrots.
Auction Restaurant Manager
Michelle joined the team in the summer of 2015. She has over 15 years in the food service industry and leads the daily operations of the Auction Restaurant. She and her husband live in Wolcottville and have four sons. In her time away from the restaurant, she enjoys being outdoors and traveling.
Livestock Office Associate / Food Service
Stacy has worked a variety of positions across the organization, including the flea market, Auction restaurant, and most recently livestock office and clerk. Her infectious positive attitude reflects in every customer encounter, whether she is serving a guest at the restaurant or the livestock office. She, her husband and three children keep very busy in the community and with various extracurricular activities such as 4H and live in nearby Churubusco.
Livestock & Horse Auction Secretary / Clerk
Donna has been with the team since 1996. She wears many hats at Shipshewana Auction, but most of the time, you will find her assisting cattle or horse buyers and sellers in the livestock office during the livestock and horse sale. She also clerks during the sales on the auction block. Donna enjoys the customers she has gotten to know over the years and how they have been a blessing to her. When not at work, Donna enjoys spending time with family, baking or sitting on the back patio with a good book.
Livestock & Horse Auction Cashier / RV Park Associate
Jenny has been around the auction, flea market, and hotel most of her life. Her knowledge of the business is beneficial as she checks out buyers and sellers during the weekly Livestock and Horse Auctions, assists with marketing projects in the corporate office, and handles customer relations part-time at the RV Park & Service Center. Jenny has an infectious positivity that brightens up any office she works in. She lives in Shipshewana with her husband and three children.
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