Our Team

 
Michael P. Maniche
President
Michael P. Maniche

A 30-year veteran of the title industry, Cleveland native Mike Maniche is the President of Guardian Title. He leverages his years of experience to successfully lead the company. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Guardian Title and ensuring that it provides the highest level of service to its clients.

Mike's most important objective is harnessing the strength and talent of the company's employees to ensure clients receive prompt, courteous, personal, and professional service on every transaction. His extensive title background, impressive client relations and excellent motivational and management skills have gained him much respect within the real estate industry and among his colleagues and peers. Mike's standard for excellence has resulted in a strong and deep bench of professionals at Guardian who share the same value of delivering quality on every transaction.

His title insurance career began in 1985 when he joined Executive Title as a sales representative. He left Executive Title in 1992 as the Vice President of Sales. Guardian Title hired Mike in 1992 as Sales Manager. The business grew exponentially from 2 to 9 offices under his leadership, and from less than $3 million to over $9 million in sales. In 1999, Mike left Guardian Title to become President of Stewart Title Agency of Ohio. In 2005, Mike returned to Guardian as its President.

Mike participates in trade groups that foster the interests of the real estate markets, including National Association of Industry and Office Properties, Greater Cleveland Mortgage Bankers Association and the Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors. As an industry leader, he has provided to real estate organizations fundamental title advice and education.

Mike is an avid volunteer and encourages Guardian Title employees to contribute time and service to the communities where they work and live. He is a Eucharistic Minister and teaches 4th Grade PSR at Immaculate Conception Church in Willoughby, where he is also the president of their Endowment Committee. He is a former member of the Board of Governors for Quail Hollow Country Club, and is a past president of the Men's Golf Association and past chairman of the Golf Committee. He was the first affiliate director for CABOR serving from 1998 thru 2002. His contributions to the organization have resulted in Mike receiving the 2001 Affiliate of the Year, and the 2002 Commercial Affiliate of the Year.



 
Chris Barnes
Chief Business Officer
Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes serves as Chief Business Officer for Guardian Title.

Because of his extensive experience in multiple facets of the real estate industry including finance, underwriting, office management, commercial and residential transactional escrow closings, Chris excels in handling difficult transactions. 

He is a proven leader; he has shown continuous advancement from his initial entry-level sales position to his current position at Guardian Title.   Relying on his problem solving skills and knowledge, Chris is able to satisfy all parties of a transaction from start to finish.

“I love that in real estate no two transactions are ever the same.  If I can help a buyer, seller or real estate professional achieve their goal with less stress and a smile on their face, I have done my job!”

Chris resides in Brook Park, Ohio with his wife Shannon.   He is an avid Cleveland sports team fan and enjoys golfing, fishing and cooking.

Chris received his Bachelor degree in Communications from Kent State University.   He is currently a member of a variety of real estate related trade groups.

 https://www.linkedin.com/in/barnes76/



 
Kimberly McNally, Esq.
General Counsel
Kimberly McNally, Esq.

Kimberly McNally is the General Counsel of Guardian Title. She manages the company’s Commercial Division and has closed commercial transactions throughout Ohio as well as on a national level and has extensive experience in dealing with every aspect of title examining and escrow. Kim is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Ohio State Bar Associations, the Cleveland Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), and the Ohio Land Title Association. Kim received her B.A. degree from John Carroll University, obtained her J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio and is a licensed Title Agent.



 
Diane Edmiston
Operations Manager
Diane Edmiston

Diane Edmiston serves as Guardian Title's Operations Manager. Diane has over 25 years of experience in the banking, mortgage, and real estate title industries.
 
Diane has been quoted, as a title and escrow expert, in numerous articles in The Title Report. She has also participated in panel discussions at the RamQuest (title software) Users Group conference.
 
Diane graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a former member of REOMAC, Worldwide ERC, and Business Networking International.


 
Valerie Tocci
Sales Manager
Valerie Tocci

Valerie Tocci is Guardian Title's Sales Manager. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the title insurance industry. Her primary focus is to help the company grow the residential side of its title and escrow business in Northeast Ohio. Valerie is an active member of the Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors, and Mortgage Society of Ohio. She is a two-time recipient of the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors (CABOR) Affiliate of the Year Award. She has been recognized for her outstanding service and contributions to the real estate community, including the Distinguished Service Award from CABOR. Valerie is a graduate from The University of Akron where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing.



 
Christian Hamm
Guardian Equity Services Manager
Christian Hamm

Christian Hamm, Manager of Guardian Equity Services, has more than 14 years of title and real estate experience. His experience with and knowledge of the second mortgage market delivers lenders valuable insight into the various title, appraisal and flood hazard products, and regulations impacting the competitive home equity industry. Christian has helped grow Equity Services over the past 11 years from a single client start-up to a regional title and abstract provider servicing customers in seven States. He received his B.A. degree from Miami University of Ohio, and is a licensed Ohio Title Agent.



 
Jack Branden
Commercial Account Manager
Jack Branden

Jack Branden is a Manager of Commercial Accounts. In addition to his 7 years of service with Guardian Title, Jack has more than 30 years of business to business sales and marketing experience in the electronic machine control and industrial distribution industries. His track record includes achieving a 400% increase in sales for his former employer, entering new international markets and growing foreign sales by 35%, and managing large publicly traded clients. He is a member of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Cleveland Area Board of Realtors, and Greater Cleveland Mortgage Bankers Association. Jack is a graduate of Cornell University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics.


 
Marianna Jones
Business Development
Marianna Jones

Marianna Jones
Business Development
MJones@guardiantitle.com
330.990.4039


 
Jeff Capps
Regional Acount Manager
Jeff Capps

Jeff Capps
Regional Account Manager
JCapps@guardiantitle.com
330.690.3442


 
Ryan Steigmeier
Regional Account Manager
Ryan Steigmeier

Ryan Steigmeier
Regional Account Manager
RSteigmeier@guardiantitle.com
440.590.0595

Team List

Michael P. Maniche
Chris Barnes
Kimberly McNally, Esq.
Diane Edmiston
Valerie Tocci
Christian Hamm
Jack Branden
Marianna Jones
Jeff Capps
Ryan Steigmeier