Meet Tara Samuels, CAS

Founder & Chief Networking Officer


While math was never Tara’s best subject in school, she knows the formula for networking success which is one-part passion + one-part tenacity. As the Founder & Chief Networking Officer for A.M.P. (Apartment Management Professionals), a professional networking group, Tara bridges the connection-gap across Chicago. Together with her partners, her mission is to help apartment management professionals 'AMP Up' their network one connection at a time!


In 2009, Tara left the multifamily industry to finish her bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Using this knowledge, Tara helped launch and grow two start-up companies in the real estate auction industry. Tara returned to multifamily serving in several different sales roles as a supplier and is currently a Senior Sales Consultant in the multifamily division of Assurant, a major insurance company.


Tara has been an active participant of the Chicago Apartment Association and is serving a second term on the board of directors.  She also contributes on several committees and was the first recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award.


Tara is also a professional home stager and has owned her own company, Ashten Avenue Staging Services, since 2009.  She has staged over $40 million in high-end real estate across Illinois and Wisconsin and is known for staging the largest home in Wisconsin, Sur la Baie, at 35,000 square feet.


Tara leads an unconventional life, commuting regularly to Atlanta to be with her husband Rob, two bonus-son’s, Holden and Parker and their miniature schnauzer, Tigger.  When not traveling, her primary residence is in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her teenage daughter, Kendal. Tara loves peanut butter, a full-bodied cab, her Peloton bike, and is one of the last people to still write in a notebook (with a pen) and carry an actual calendar.


Since 2013, A. M. P. (Apartment Management Professionals) Networking has acted as a leading advocate, resource and community partner for those in the multifamily industry.  We're a networking association of apartment communities, apartment owners, managers, suppliers, and professionals dedicated to promoting and advancing the needs of the apartment and multifamily industries!


A. M. P. develops knowledge and leadership in the multifamily industry by engaging broadly diverse membership, embracing effective technology, and advocating for an inclusive association.        

Our expert education, peer-to-peer networking, and one-of-a-kind experiences give you the tools you need to grow as a professional and advance your organization.