Second First




My name is Megan Long, owner of Second First.
My unique ability is taking a vision, an idea, or just a conversation over coffee and creating detailed, structured action plans to make it come to life. 

I’m an experienced Second In Command & COO from a $10 million entrepreneurial IT company. As a CPA, I was originally hired as a Controller.  Under my leadership, I quickly became known as a “fixer”. I was handed more departments, and worked with every other leader to increase team productivity & engagement, reduce business owner risk, and grow enterprise value. 

My story is unique and rare. In speaking with other CEOs and entrepreneurs, it was evident that they did not have a “Megan”. The Second In Command seat was left empty, filled by the wrong person, or a had become a revolving door of different leaders. Talking to my COO peers, many struggled to understand their CEO. Everyone was left frustrated and burnt out. 

I started Second First to fill the gaps: design the perfect COO for you and your company, set them up for success during onboarding, and provide specific coaching and tools just for the Second In Command. 

 My competitive advantage: 
I’m also a pro athlete; an IFBB professional bodybuilder.
What does this have to do with business? 

  • I’m obsessed with winning. 
  • I thrive in routine, strict regimens, and situations that require intense discipline.  
  • Time management has become an essential skill. 
  • I’m committed to always improving.
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Nashville Business Journal “40 Under 40” Winner
Nashville Emerging Leader Award, Technology Winner
Stevies  “Woman of the Year” in Business Services Industries, Bronze


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