Megan CookMegan Cook is the founder and CEO of Adept Benefits, which aims to break the cycle of annual cost increases and make sure employers get the value they pay for.

Paul Wilson: How did you get your start in the benefits industry?

I started in health care when I was five. My mom was the director of nursing at a long-term care facility, so I volunteered growing up and absolutely loved it. After college, I was considering going back to school for nursing, but my dad said, “Why don’t you use your business degree?” So I put my resume out in the world, got a call from Xerox and was hired for a sales position. I did that for three or four years, but a mentor of mine who worked in the P&C business said, “You love health care and you’re good at sales; why don’t you look into benefits consulting?” I was hired at a big brokerage as an account executive, and I’ve been in the industry ever since.

PW: How has your journey so far helped shape your mindset as a broker and business owner?

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the editor-in-chief of BenefitsPRO Magazine and He has covered the insurance industry for more than a decade, including stints at Retirement Advisor Magazine and ProducersWeb.

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