Q&A: Meg Post
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Meg Post is a director at Adamy Valuation in Grand Rapids.
Post provides a full range of valuation advisory services to closely held businesses, their owners and advisors and fiduciaries relating to mergers and acquisitions, employee stock ownership plans, succession planning, tax planning, corporate strategic planning and financial reporting.
In addition, Post takes an active role in regional and national business organizations, including the Association for Corporate Growth, the ESOP Association, and the Estate Planning Council of Grand Traverse Area.
Biggest career break?
My internship at Adamy during undergrad. I’m very lucky to have found such a great opportunity and to still be employed by a firm that allows me to develop professionally. It was exciting to work here then, and it’s still an exciting environment today.
Watching the love and care that my almost 3-year-old son shows toward his baby brother. The hugs and kisses make me melt!
Best advice you’ve ever received?
My grandpa taught me the importance of communication. He was an engineer at General Motors for his entire career, and he always explained that his success as an engineer was due to his ability to communicate his ideas and analysis to others. He said there were other engineers who may have been smarter than him, but he advanced faster thanks to his communication skills. And I use this today in my career — balancing the technical with interpersonal skills.
How did you make your first dollar?
By being very persistent. After applying for employment at a coffee shop in high school, I followed up extensively when I initially didn’t receive a call back for an interview. The manager finally gave me an interview and hired me because of my persistence. I worked there for several years — persistence definitely paid off!
Two things: my wedding ring, for all that it represents, and my yoga mat, which brings me to a great place every time I step foot on it.
I know it sounds cliché, but I love what I’m doing. I’ve heard the stories of hundreds of different businesses from their owners and executives, and I’ve learned about countless industries, leadership styles and growth strategies. I truly enjoy being part of the business community in West Michigan.
If you were president for a day, you would … ?
In my one day as president, I would encourage all Americans to get involved in the issues that are important to them and come together to make a positive impact.
Last book you read?
“Little Elliot, Big City,” by Mike Curato, which is a delightful series about Elliot the Elephant that we read to my son, Elliot, who I am quite sure thinks he’s in a big city too.
Last search term you googled?
I’ll give you my last three. I searched for a particular private equity firm on the East Coast, flights to Newark, New Jersey and Buzz Lightyear birthday party supplies.
Your worst habit?
Not being able to say no to another cup of coffee
To unwind, you like to … ?
Go to concerts and comedy shows with my husband, hang out at the beach in the summer and enjoy a fire in the fireplace in the winter
I would love to make it to all four major tennis tournaments (US Open, Wimbledon, French Open and Australian Open).
Egg drop soup and egg rolls. Growing up, my mom cooked the dinner of your choice on your birthday, and nearly every year, I chose her homemade egg drop soup and egg rolls.
Person you most admire?
My grandpa. Together, he and my grandma built an incredible family of eight kids, 17 grandkids and eight great-grandchildren. After my grandma’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, he took care of her in the most compassionate and loving way possible. He was a friend and mentor to everyone he met, and I could always count on him for a great story over happy hour.