Meet a Staffer: Meg Divito
Every month, we introduce you to one of the people who make 417 Magazine happen. Meet Account Executive Meg DiVito.
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Meg DiVito loves spending time with her family—especially her two sons, John David and Luke.
Describe what you do at work day-to-day.
I sell digital and print advertising space across all of our publications and platforms, as well as sponsorships for all of our events. This means that I spend most of my days running in and out of the office, grabbing materials and magazines on my way to meet with local business owners to chat about what we do and how it might help with their business growth.
Describe something you worked on recently or are working on right now that you’re proud of.
I think that’s an ongoing thing, rather than anything super specific. I am really proud to be able to have a (small) part in Springfield’s growth by working for a company that continually helps our local businesses generate revenue.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever had to do for this job?
There’s been a lot of favorites, but I think the thing that was the most fun and unique was the Best of 417 party bus tour. It was so much fun to surprise the winning businesses with noise-makers and loud co-workers.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to do for this job?
Designing (very poorly, I might add) schematics for a toilet-paper diaper during a staffer’s baby shower.
What’s your favorite piece of magazine lingo?
Definitely “TK.” I completely overuse it, and probably incorrectly, but it’s a great placeholder when I’m entering a contract, or a new client’s information, and I’m not entirely sure of a correct name or address, or anything really. (Editor’s Note: TK is a shorthand used to hold space when information is unknown. The letter K is used instead of C because very few words in the English language use this letter combination, so an editor’s spell check will always catch it.)
What’s your favorite thing to eat that you can only find in 417-land?
St. George’s doughnuts.
What is your Facebook status right now?
Hang on, I actually have to go check, because I’ve forgotten.
Do you have a nickname in the 417 office?
Here’s a confession: This was my first time back in the workforce after seven years of child wrangling, and I was petrified. So, on my resume and in my interviews, I went by “Meg,” which is only what my closest friends and family have ever called me (well, “Megs”). My theory was that if everyone I met at my new job called me by my lifelong nickname right away, it would subconsciously put me at ease. Really, it was kind of weird for a while, but now, I like it!
What do you do in your free time?
My No. 1 hobby is piano. I am really active in my parish’s music ministry as well as in MSU’s Catholic Campus Ministry masses on Sunday nights. I’ve also been sighted at a couple of dueling piano events in the area.
What would you do if you won $10 million?
The boring thing would be that I would establish accounts for my family members so they would be taken care of until the end of time. The fun thing would be that I would surprise random people with anonymous money bundles, just because.
What celebrity would you most like to have coffee and conversation with? Why?
Billy Joel. But I’d sub out the coffee and conversation for a glass of bourbon and a piano lesson, ending with a jam session playing his “Root Beer Rag” together.
What would your co-workers say is your most distinguishing feature at work?
Obviously, hearing stories about the trials and tribulations of my children’s bathroom habits would be sorely missed. And probably my obsession with cuticle oil.
What restaurant do you wish was located in 417-land?
Chuy’s. Special ranch sauce and hot tortillas, anyone?
What talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could sing like Carrie Underwood.