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Leadership profile: Michelle Schwartz

Title: Senior vice president and county manager, Old Republic Title

Background: Schwartz built her career from the ground up, beginning as a receptionist, and credits her mentors for fostering her servant-leader mentality.

Strengths: “To be successful in the real estate business you need vision, you must be able to see the potential in a property or what a loan can accomplish. My objective as a leader is to help others see the potential in themselves.”

Business advice: “Don’t let others’ perceptions or expectations guide you. Follow your own vision.”

Source of pride: “Creating a culture focused on people. I love providing opportunities for people to grow personally and professionally and watching them realize their fullest potential.”

Surprising fact: “I used to be a competitive ballroom dancer.”