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TH E M R EP O RT | 39 TOP 25 INDUSTRY LEADERS & INFLUENCERS Special Section Dominic Iannitti PRESIDENT & CEO, DOCMAGIC, INC. YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 31 D ominic Iannitti commands profes- sionalism, business ethics, and ex- cellence in service from his greatest asset—his employees. He personifies a CEO who inspires creative freedom and company intrapreneurship and out-of-the-box thinking among employees, and consistently sets the bar high for both himself and his staff. A core facet of his leadership style is rewarding employees when success is met and helping them learn and grow from mis- steps when they fall short of their goals. He possesses an absolute can-do attitude and exudes this mindset with his employees as well as clients. He is never afraid to roll his sleeves up and get in the trenches. He is a natural visionary, well-liked and respected leader who always has a positive outlook on his business and his staff. Iannitti was a col- lege student when he wrote the business plan for DocMagic—drawing the idea his from his employment at a document processing com- pany that was mainframe-based and difficult to make any changes to. This experience led to his pioneering the concept of remote electronic document delivery. Iannitti likes leading DocMagic to leading a family. He makes sure people are acknowledged for their efforts and regularly promotes from within the organization. It speaks volumes that Iannitti takes the time to personally review and assesses employees himself. In addition, he was personally involved in helping design the company's award-winning Torrance, California-based headquarters. Iannitti's efforts resulted in the creation of a unique, open workplace and optimal configuration for a comfortable, easy-going environment that fosters employee collaboration and the steady output of technology innovation that the company is known for. Shelley Leonard CHIEF PRODUCT AND DIGITAL OFFICER, BLACK KNIGHT YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 25 H aving worked to create Black Knight's Enterprise Product Strategy group from the ground up, Shelley Leonard has been instrumental in the research, planning, development, and implementation of many of Black Knight's products and services. Believing that learning is a lifelong journey, Leonard welcomes con- structive feedback and regularly solicits input from her team, colleagues, and clients. Leon- ard's primary community involvement is with the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, an after-school youth development program in Jacksonville's Urban Core that promotes academic achievement and positive life skills through the sport of tennis for students in kindergarten through high school. She's also a firm believer in recognizing and celebrating those same growth milestones in her col- leagues—this includes pay raises, performance bonuses, and submitting her team members for the company's monthly employee recogni- tion program, Black Knight Champions. When Leonard sees a team member struggling to perform, she will provide coaching, additional training, or other assistance as needed. If that fails, Leonard will go the extra mile to discuss other positions or teams within the company where that employee might be a better fit. Through Leonard's collaborative leadership style, she endeavors to learn and leverage each team member's unique skills and knowledge. She takes pride in the diversity of both experi- ence and background displayed by her Prod- uct Strategy group, which includes employees from Bolivia, India, Scotland, Germany, and Arkansas. She is also one of the leaders of Black Knight's Knight Idea program, which solicits ideas and feedback from employees on new products, improvements, and other challenges. Stanley C. Middleman PRESIDENT AND CEO, FREEDOM MORTGAGE CORPORATION YEARS IN INDUSTRY: 30+ S tanley C. Middleman has been a strong leader at Freedom Mortgage, one of the five largest mortgage com- panies in the country. After growing the company during the market downturn, Freedom has now made the Inc. 5000 list six years in a row. Today, the company has over 4,500 mortgage professionals. Each year, Middleman leads Freedom with his vision through company-wide meetings, videos, and a three-day Leadership Conference. Middle- man recently completed his first year on the MBA Board of Directors and also serves on the MBA Residential Board of Governors, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professional's Corporate Board of Governors, and the Housing Policy Executive Council. Middleman fosters a dynamic and diverse culture at Freedom and supports the com- pany's commitment to consider job applicants from a wide variety of fields and all college majors. Seasoned mortgage veterans work alongside emerging professionals in a creative, energetic environment where fresh, new ideas are always welcome. Freedom emphasizes multicultural diversity, which is reflected in its workforce as well as the customers it serves. It is important to Middlemen that his team have an active presence in the surrounding community, and it's this desire that led to the development of Team Freedom Cares, the philanthropic arm of Freedom Mortgage Corporation. It encourages its team members to take action for the betterment of their community and provides Freedom employees, family members, friends, and customers with information on how they can participate in local causes that benefit and lift the spirits of active duty and veteran military members.

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