Tara, Owner and Managing Director of WanderLuxe Destinations, came to Wegner Associates after a tenure as a Luxury Travel Advisor with Travelong of Summit in Summit, NJ. Beginning as a Sales Manager with Wegner Associates, she immersed herself in learning the luxury hotel representation business, and soon, she and Wendy were discussing the succession and future of Wegner Associates. In 2019, Tara acquired ownership, and with the guidance and consultancy of Wendy, will bring WanderLuxe Destinations into the future of the travel industry.
Travel has been such an integral part of Tara’s life from a young age. Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, her father was a mechanical engineer that traveled the world. She would flip through his photo albums as a child and be in awe of his photos of the Sphinx in Egypt, the Great Wall in China and the Taj Mahal in India. She can remember vowing to herself as young as the age of 5, that travel would be a very important part of her life.
Tara attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and graduated with dual degrees in Political Science and International Studies and minored in both East Asian Studies and Mandarin. Immediately after graduation in 2002, she traveled to China for 6 weeks to begin work on her Masters, and explored Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Dongguan and Hong Kong. Tara always had an appreciation for culture, ethnicity and diversity, however, this trip just solidified that drive within her to make her life one of travel and wanderlust.
Tara resides with her husband, Sal, and children, Salvatore and Ava, in Florham Park, NJ. As a family, they travel at least twice yearly to exotic destinations, and Tara and Sal believe that giving their children the privilege of travel will impact both their hearts and minds, shaping them profoundly into the people they will be moving forward.
In addition to travel, Tara enjoys cooking, baking and a general exploration of cuisine, wine, fashion, interior design and the arts.