Meet Megan Applegate! Megan was born and raised in Michigan City. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Purdue University, and her Master’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana University. Megan is part of the team of CPA’s at her family’s accounting firm, Applegate & Company, CPAs. When she’s not working or enjoying the lakefront, Megan is committed to her community in many ways – as a Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Responder for Long Beach Fire Department, and through leadership roles with the Lakefront Career Network, Michigan City Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary Club of Michigan City.
What brought you to the dunes? I’ve loved Lake Michigan all of my life and riding past the dunes on my waverunner taking in the beauty that’s within reach! I also moved back to work at my family accounting firm Applegate & Company, CPAs. Outside of work, I’m a volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Responder for the Long Beach Fire Department. Volunteering my time in my community is something I’m very passionate about and enjoy.
How long have you lived here? I was born and raised in Michigan City, moved away to get some outside experience in Madison, Wisconsin but realized I couldn’t live without Lake Michigan, my family/friends, and volunteering for the fire department.
What is your favorite thing to do in the area? Definitely have fun on the lake, whether it’s tubing, waterskiing, kneeboarding or just taking a ride up and down the lakeshore. I also love going to the Lakefront Career Network events (Michigan City Chamber’s Young Professionals Group) that usually occur on a monthly basis all around town; it’s a great way to network and just a fun group to be a part of!
Tell us a secret about the dunes. I’m a competitive beach glass hunter. After a rough and wavy Lake Michigan day, I’ll walk down and search the beach, “like it’s my job,” for some of the prettiest beach glass you’ll ever find!
Give us your top three “hidden treasures” (restaurant, shop, trail, beach, event… really anything!)
a) The beach, obviously.
b) First Friday’s on Franklin Street in Michigan City.
c) Burn ‘Em Brewing’s patio.
What would you like to teach people about the dunes? How important it is to respect all warning signs as well as avoid any restricted areas. Lake Michigan can become very dangerous with the rip currents we sometimes have, so respecting the lake and staying out of the water if there’s any chance of a rip current is very important.
Anything else? I love my community which is why I’m very involved. I’m a member of the Rotary Club of Michigan City, a board member for the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce, and Chairperson for the Lakefront Career Network (MC Chamber Young Professional Group). The Lakefront Career Network (LCN) is a fantastic group to be part of! We aim to get young professionals involved but have “young at heart” professionals who attend our events as well! To get involved just look us up on Facebook, “like” our page, and keep an eye out for upcoming events!
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