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When Meg Goebel took over the family’s insurance business, she expected to follow in her father’s footsteps. She just didn’t expect them to end so soon.
“After purchasing the agency in 1994 from my father, Paul Goebel, I kept him involved to ensure a smooth transition and help with the agency in perpetuity,” she said. “The agency survived — and grew — after his death in 1996.”
Paul Goebel Group was founded in 1932, so the firm’s longevity certainly had something to do with its success.
But Meg Goebel refused to trade on the company’s longstanding goodwill and energetically inserted herself into the insurance industry and community at large.
“Since assuming ownership of the Paul Goebel Group, my passion for building this agency continues to increase each year,” she said. “I have been fortunate to be surrounded by a dedicated team of insurance professionals who have contributed significantly to the organization’s strong growth.”
In the industry and community
Goebel is a former president of the American Institute of Professional Association Group Insurance Administrators and the Mid-American Association of Group Administrators and a former board chair of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Complacency is not acceptable and it is important to continue personal and professional growth,” she said.
Her list of industry and community involvement includes work with Broadway Grand Rapids, Planned Parenthood Centers of West and Northern Michigan, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Economic Club of Grand Rapids and YWCA Center for Women.
The firm was a finalist for the 2013 Top Women Owned Business award in the $1.5 million to $3.99 million revenue category.