Our Team

Michael P. Maniche
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 fundamental title advice and education to real estate organizations.

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
Vice President
Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes serves as Vice President for Guardian Title.

It is because Chris' extensive experience in multiple facets of both the commercial and residential real estate industry including finance, underwriting, office management, and various types of 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 Medina County, 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.


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.

Christy Wick
Operations Manager
Christy Wick

Christy Wick started her career in 2001 and has been working in the real estate industry for almost 20 years. She attained her escrow experience at various, prominent companies in Ohio. She is a Licensed Escrow Agent.

Christy is responsible for working with customers and staff to manage all aspects of a sale, resale or refinance escrow transaction. She answers questions and provides guidance regarding products, services and policies.

Christy provides the highest level of service with a friendly and positive attitude. She is dedicated to exceeding client’s expectations and keeping them well informed every step of the way. Outside of escrow, Christy resides in Brunswick and is married to Michael Wick of 18 years and is the proud mother of Jakob, Michaela and Madison.

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.

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, The Cleveland Realtist Association, and Mortgage Society of Ohio. Valerie is the 2018 ACAR Affiliate of the Year. She is also a two-time recipient of the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors (CABOR) Affiliate of the Year Award and the Women’s Council of REALTORS Cleveland Chapter Affiliate of the Year. 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.

Mary Felton
Regional Sales Manager
Mary Felton

Mary Felton has 25 years of Title Industry  sales experience serving Lorain and surrounding counties. Prior to the title industry she was in banking for 12 years.

Mary has a passion for helping her clients. She thrives on creating teams that work together in the real estate industry to help the consumer with the American Dream of Home ownership. Mary is supported by the building industry and enjoys helping new construction home builder. She served as the first female President for The North Coast Building Industry Association in addition to serving on numerous boards, including JVS, Lorain county Realtor association and participates in many other associations.

"Giving back to the industry that does so much for the American Dream is enjoyment to me"

The best part of working for Guardian Title is the "family approach" and team effort they give each transaction. When taking care of Clients she knows how to guide them and help them grow their business..  Outside of her busy career she has two very successful grown children with busy lives on the west coast. 

Kevin Soster
Regional Account Manager
Kevin Soster

Kevin Soster has more than 35 years of Sales and Service experience in the Lake County Marketplace. During the past twenty (27) years, he has concentrated his efforts in the Real Estate Industry.

Kevin has overseen and/or closed more than 15,000 real estate transactions covering all of Northern Ohio.

Kevin is a State Licensed Title Insurance Agent and Notary Public. He has also participated in various associations such as: Lake County Association of Realtors, Lake County HBA, various Chambers of Commerce in Lake County, United Way, Lake County Development Council, and various other organizations.

Kevin has attended Lakeland Community College, Slippery Rock State University, Bowling Green State University and Hiram College where his major study was Finance.
Kevin takes pride in helping his clients reach their goals and servicing their clients.

Marianna Jones Bradnick
Business Development
Marianna Jones Bradnick

Marianna Jones Bradnick serves as Guardian Title’s Business Development Representative.  She has over 20 years of title and escrow experience.  Her primary focus is now on customer service.  You may see her at your next closing.

Marianna is an active member of the Medina County Board of REALTORS and the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS.  She is a past recipient of each organization’s Affiliate of the Year Award.

Marianna is a graduate of The University of Akron where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy.