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Amplified Connections brings the approachability and humanity back into industry collaboration.  We laugh, learn, share stories and foster the principles of good old-fashioned networking!

Steve Burlingame  General Manager  The H

“The best part about Amplified Connections is that you learn something new each time you attend! The speakers are always knowledgeable, represent a wide array of backgrounds and address varied topics. What an opportunity to hear from industry leaders in such an intimate setting, all while experiencing a brand-new building or value add. The opportunity to chat naturally with other management professionals and get to know people over time has been of tremendous value to me.” 

Steve Burlingame

General Manager

The Habitat Company

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“The Amplified Connections networking group is a diverse group of multifamily professionals that come together to network and discuss industry-leading topics. As a participant, it is a fantastic way to grow your networking base and make true connections outside of your own company. As a speaker, it’s an avenue to reach your fellow industry colleagues. It is a different crowd each meeting which is what keeps the opportunities the group provides a fun and refreshing experience!” 

Lindsey Colby

Director of Marketing & Training

Banner Property Management


“Tara has done a great job creating networking opportunities for apartment community staff to share experiences and ideas for how to improve operations and stay on top of their game!  As a frequent speaker and attendee, I look forward to the industry camaraderie.” 

Ron DeVries, MAI, FRICS

Senior Managing Director
Integra Realty Resources – Chicago

Scott Fleming  Regional Property Manager

Amplified Connections is a value for my on-site team members to attend so they continue to build relationships with comps, helping us to stay on top of the market conditions, network with their peers which results in sharing new ideas, and learn from vendors the new trends we should be aware of.  Not to mention, the events are typically at properties we'd like to tour so it is an efficient use of our time!"

Scott Fleming

Regional Property Manager

Lincoln Property Company

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“I've had the pleasure of speaking at multiple Amplified Connections events and frequently attend along with members of Luxury Living Chicago Realty. Each event features a speaker that Tara has expertly curated. For leasing, property management, developers and anyone in the apartment industry, these events draw a high caliber of attendees and networking and provide new ideas and case studies from peers.” 

Aaron Galvin

CEO & Founder

Luxury Living Chicago Realty

Greg Guttman  Marketing Director  Mac Pr

“Amplified Connections attracts a group of diverse multifamily professionals.  The speakers are enlightening, and the attendees are eager to share and learn from industry peers.   I’ve met company leaders from leasing, marketing, and operations who have shown me additional ways to solve the same problems we all face in our industry.” 

Greg Guttman

Marketing Director

Mac Properties

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“I always make the Amplified Connections Networking events a priority. Being a part of Tara's group has resulted in some great connections and friendships for me. I learn something new and meet a great new contact each time I attend her events!” 

Zak Guysenir

Business Director - Chicago


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“Tara and I have been in the multifamily industry together well over 15 years and I have presented several programs for her Amplified Connections networking group.  She is a networking powerhouse who really knows how to bring people together and I recommend her for just about anything.  You’ll never be disappointed!"

Donna Hickey

Speaker, Author, Consultant

Owner, Donna Hickey Presents


“I sincerely appreciate a well-organized and planned, professional yet completely entertaining, networking meeting.  This group is just that.  A great opportunity to put faces with names, discover the market and industry details, and share knowledge with my fellow multifamily specialist.  I highly recommend getting involved!"

Virginia Love

Industry Principal


Luke Markewych  Regional Manager  The Ha

“I really wanted to thank Tara for the monthly Amplified Connections meetups. My team and I have taken away so much useful information, tips, and tricks from the guest speakers they have brought in every month and try to implement new practices from them. If you are new to property management or have been in the industry for a long time, I would highly recommend you attend!   I truly appreciate everything she does every month. Thank you for continuing to put on such an informative networking event."

Luke Markewych

Regional Manager

The Habitat Company


“As a speaker before this group, I believe this is a well-connected and influential group that is on the cutting edge of the Chicago real estate community. Some of the ideas and topics that are discussed are important for anyone involved in the Chicago real estate market."

Michael Mazek


Mazek Law Group


“What a great way to network and learn about applicable industry trends and products/technology.  Tara is a blast and the monthly presenters are informative. Won’t miss it!"

Cyndi Pokrzywa

Regional Property Manager

Wirtz Residential


“Amplified Connections has been great in getting apartment industry professionals together regularly to discuss what we are seeing in the market, tour new buildings, and hear from a wide variety of speakers. They're fun, engaging events, and I always encourage my team to attend because you never know what you might learn at these events."

Jacob Schumaker, ARM

Regional Manager

Lincoln Property Company

Hannah Thomas  Leasing Manager  NEMA.jpe

“I’ve had the pleasure of attending dozens of Amplified Connection events over the past few years.  Each event offers a unique experience taking place in a different multi-family community, offering both industry professionals and ancillary vendors and service providers an opportunity to network, collaborate and develop invaluable partnerships.  Keynote speakers provide enlightening and engaging insight on everything from market trends to wellness and everything in between."

Hannah Thomas

Leasing Manager


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“As a Corporate Housing Provider, it's always hard to gauge if multi-family events will be a good fit or not. Amplified Connections has changed my mind for the better. The content of the first session I attended (on Service/ESA Animals) gave me insight I could bring back to my team. The unique networking opportunity with on-site professionals we work with also allowed me a chance to hear what's happening from a point of view other than my own. I will certainly be attending more in the future.” 

Matt Tobel

Director of Business Development

Suite Home Chicago

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“Amplified Connections brings an innovative twist to multifamily networking! Tara and her team are deeply passionate about creating meaningful connections among industry professionals. These events are the perfect balance of informative content and efficient networking rolled into one truly enjoyable experience.” 

JoLynn Anzelc

Director of Marketing and Communications

Marquette Management

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