Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers: Mandy Becker

Position: Owner of Swagger Boutique, which has grown from $200,000 in sales in 2002 to $1.2 million in 2014 with a single store; industry speaker

Favorite accomplishments: “Thriving in an industry where more than half of businesses close within the first year, and that I employ 14 wonderful women. Also, that I am able to support many charitable organizations, and have created a business that continuously receives customer service and best-of awards, voted on by the public.”

Motivation: “I am wired for going above and beyond in everything I do. I truly believe that anything worth doing is worth over-doing, and try to live up to this mantra in both my personal and business endeavors.”

Biggest challenge: “Managing my growing staff and business while still being able to spend time with my daughter while she is young.”

Guiding philosophy: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I want my customers, employees, friends and family to know I live my life with the highest integrity, and want to be thought of as a good person others want to be around and who motivates by actions as well as words.”

Fun fact: “In 2009, I moved overseas with my husband and ran my gift boutique for one and a half years through Skype, social media and great employees!”

Advice: “Follow your heart and do what you love.”

Louis Vitiello Jr.

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J. Blake Massengill

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Mandy Becker

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