Throughout its tenure, Signet has compiled a team of top talent with a wealth of sophisticated experience. These individuals provide invaluable operational insight and inspiration to every project they touch. Individually, they are some of the greatest minds the industry has to offer. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts, working in tandem to ensure successful, long-term projects. This is a broad-based team of executives with demonstrated acumen in the key areas of real estate development, financial management, project financing, asset management, marketing, legal and operating management in each of the executive’s respective market sectors.
Learn more about the individuals that make Signet the private investment powerhouse it is today!
Anthony (Tony) Manna is Founder & Chairman of Signet, LLC.
Tony founded Signet in 1995 and now serves the organization as lead strategist. Tony has spent 25+ years creating collaborative partnerships for Signet that relentlessly advance initiatives and ventures in diversified manufacturing, distribution, health and wellness, technology, investment banking, and finance. Tony has also developed over $5 billion in real estate development and property management projects. As a direct result of his steadfast leadership and inspirational vision, Signet has developed an unconventional approach to global investment that uniquely engages customized resources to orchestrate long-term growth and positive impact across many business sectors.
A consummate champion for the growth and development of the City of Akron, and an admitted baseball nut, Tony is responsible for bringing the Akron Aeros (now the Rubber Ducks) and Canal Park Stadium to Akron. As a young lawyer, Tony read an article in the Beacon Journal about the possibility of a team coming to Akron and set out to make it happen.
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Tony tracked down the Northeastern League team owner who was looking at three possible cities to bring a team. He made it his mission to ensure that the winner was Akron, Ohio. With only a short 30 days to respond to the owner’s requests, Tony was able to negotiate the deal and secure the right for his company, Akron Stadium Corp., to develop the stadium. The development and opening of Canal Park in 1997 spurred more than 20 years of continued economic growth in downtown Akron.
Tony is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the Emory University School of Law. He is also the Chairman and founder of the business law firm of Brennan, Manna and Diamond, LLC, which specializes in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, healthcare, and real estate.
Mark oversees Signet’s commercial development efforts and portfolio of diversified companies, including various international initiatives. His vital involvement includes work with strategic planning, executive management, new project development, project finance, asset management, and budgeting.
Joining the company in 2000 as a partner, Mark is involved in setting the strategic direction of the organization as well as supporting development and expansion strategies along with asset management. Mark has extensive expertise crafting complex business plans, devising growth strategies, and managing a variety of diversified investments and platforms within Signet. These projects range from public-private partnerships, commercial and industrial acquisitions, start-ups and early-stage initiatives, financial services, environmental service investments, healthcare, and higher education.
Ralph is directly responsible for the oversight of all accounting, finance, treasury, and information technology areas for Signet’s corporate functions and its related operating entities. In addition, Ralph is also responsible for the evaluation and due diligence of Signet’s portfolio company acquisitions and subsequent financial oversight. Ralph brings more than 18 years of broad-based global accounting, finance, and general management experience to our team.
Kevin covers a lot of ground as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Signet Real Estate Group. He is responsible for managing new opportunities and playing an integral role in all facets of new real estate development projects for the organization. He thrives throughout every step of the process including project structure, finance, underwriting, project design, and construction.
Kevin has managed the development of more than $200 million of public-private projects, strategic healthcare developments, higher education initiatives, and urban and mixed-use projects. With more than 15 years of construction project management and development finance experience under his belt, Kevin brings an added layer of expertise and confidence to the Signet team.
Stacy is responsible for the daily accounting, financial reporting and treasury functions for Signet, LLC and various portfolio companies. She holds a Master of Accountancy and MAcc degree from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance from Walsh University.
Prior to joining Signet, Stacy spent 19 years serving in various accounting and finance roles in a broad range of industries – from healthcare to machinery/manufacturing.
Holly Colson is the Director of Human Resources for Signet, LLC. In this role, Holly’s responsibilities include developing and maintaining the Human Resource platform across Signet’s portfolio companies with a focus on:
With more than 20 years of HR experience, Holly is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Association for Talent Development. Over the years, she has been involved in the Northeast Ohio Chapter of ATD, where she was on the Board of Directors. She has also been involved with the International Alliance for Learning and has presented at the National Conference.
General responsibilities - Customer service (talking/emailing customers; checking pricing, availability on orders they place), order entry, preparing shipping documents and labels, setting up carriers for pickups, invoicing customers once their order has shipped, ordering office supplies
Experience/education - Experience in customer service and order entry/DOT HazMat certified
In her role, Tammy is responsible for implementing the operating strategies for a diverse, mixed-use portfolio that includes:
Tammy provides valuable insight in the areas of contract negotiation, project/facility management, sales and marketing to ensure operational efficiencies. Tammy brings more than 20 years of residential, commercial, healthcare and higher education building management experience to Signet.
Tammy received her Associate’s Degree in Business Management with Honors from the University of Phoenix and holds the following certifications:
As Principal Managing Director at Signet Capital/Signet Securities, David shows his true strength when he is managing and developing Signet’s Tax-exempt Bond and FHA business lines. David brings more than 20 years of taxable and tax-exempt bond financing and government-guaranteed project loan experience having participated in transactions in excess of $3 billion. He also carries with him valuable expertise in real estate finance, municipal finance, and public-private partnerships. Looking for support for your wastewater treatment facility or emerging renewable energy project? He can help there, as well.
David holds FINRA Series 24, Series 53, Series 7, Series 79, and Series 63 Licenses.
As Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Jim is responsible for the general operational oversight of all administrative responsibilities. What does this include? All of the day-to-day business operations, sales & marketing strategy, and corporate strategy – including staff, facility, and programs associated with Integrated Wellness Partners’ ever-evolving business approach.
Jay Groves is the Regional Executive Director for IWP. He is an accomplished executive and leader with extensive experience building and managing staff responsible for building Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Integrative Medicine, Medical Fitness, and Population Health Management programs. Jay has had considerable success building and leading multi-disciplinary teams of healthcare professionals in an effort to deliver unique initiatives designed to improve quality and cost of care, all while achieving and maintaining a sustainable business model.
As technical director, James Hammon manages quality control and R&D at Accufoam®. He works closely with the sales department and customers to continue developing cutting-edge technologies that are crucial for the advancement of the industry. He also holds a degree in biochemistry from the University of Alabama and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
As Accufoam’s Warehouse and Technical Sales Manager, MacLean directs the testing and certification process for all new products that come his way. He manages those all-important professional relationships with private label manufacturers of coatings products, including the facilitation of calls, pricing, etc. He is also in charge of handling coatings’ raw material procurement by using his experience gained from the industry in fortifying strong relationships with vendors and suppliers. Maclean is NACE-trained and certified warranty jobs for the company.
Having studied Chemistry at Seattle University and Southern Polytechnic State University, MacLean is uniquely equipped to take on an array of other vital duties, including:
As a Sales Engineer at Sprayroq, Anthony’s focus is on educating consultants, engineers, water infrastructure asset managers, and owners on structural infrastructure rehabilitation and the trenchless technology market. In addition to providing technical support and product knowledge, Anthony’s goal is to serve as a trusted advisor to engineers and asset owners, offering a level of comfort from a fellow engineer during their due diligence efforts.
As Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Signet Real Estate Group out of the Jacksonville, Florida office, Spencer is responsible for managing development activities for the company. This includes overseeing project structure, finance, client relationships, project design, and construction.
Before joining the team, Spencer oversaw the structuring of more than $1B in lending opportunities. He has also managed more than $400M in project financing and development projects throughout the United States.
As Director of Technical Services, Chip provides engineering support to the market and to Sprayroq’s Certified Partner Network. He also provides critical technical direction on core decisions and the execution of specific projects. In addition, Chip spearheads all major studies and research within the market (i.e. DOT research).
As General Manager of Creative Polymer Solutions, James oversees the company’s operational and sales functions. He is responsible for all activities surrounding the production and toll manufacturing of spray foam material – from concept to manufacturing production to sales and fulfillment. James brings 40 years of experience in the production of epoxy/phenolic resins, spray applied coatings and consumer products.
Andy Malitz serves in the dual role of Executive Director of The NEW Center and General Manager of Sequoia Wellness. In this capacity, Andy manages all sales and marketing, spearheads community outreach and artfully handles tenant relations within The NEW Center, Northeast Ohio’s premier conference and event center, as well as the daily operations of Sequoia Wellness – the ground-breaking, medically-based community wellness center located on the building’s first floor.
Mike Mandela serves as President of Signet Real Estate Group’s Property Management division where he provides strategic and operational oversight for all Signet property management activities, including the development and implementation of corporate strategy, management of business operations, strategic partnership management, sales and marketing, staffing, and capital planning. Mike brings extensive expertise in the areas of property management, financial services, brokerage, development, and project management to Signet.
As Managing Director of Equity Investments, Ed is directly responsible for leading the effort to execute Signet’s equity raises, both in the U.S. and internationally. He brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, specifically when it comes to risk assessment, financial valuation and structuring, portfolio management, business development and investor relations in corporate banking, M&A, and investment management business.
Prior to joining the Signet team, Ed founded two different investment management firms. He also co-founded a hedge fund that grew to more than $70,000,000 in just six years.
Beginning his career as a Quality Control Chemist and Vice President for Blue Grass Chemical Specialities, LLC, Paul McCauley became Executive Vice President of the company following its acquisition by Signet in October 2017. He handles all of the manufacturing aspects of the organization including customer contract negotiations while also lending a helping hand to Blue Grass’ outside sales teams as a manufacturer’s representative.
Paul brings more than 29 years of manufacturing and operations experience and industry insight to Signet.
Robert McClellan oversees the day-to-day operations of accounting and works closely with the executive team to develop and implement strategies that support growth, minimize risk and preserve company assets. He has devoted a majority of his career to the accounting function of various manufacturing companies.
Prior to working at Accufoam®, Robert founded a boutique accounting firm where he and his team served clients’ needs across multiple industries. He acquired his accounting degree from the University of Mississippi – one of the top programs in the country.
As Vice President of Signet Capital Advisors, Brian provides financial advisory, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and other corporate finance services to performing companies in the middle market. He is your go-to expert when you need modeling and business research support for an impressive variety of different sectors.
Mike brings to the table more than twenty years of experience in investment banking and strategy development. He particularly thrives when tackling financial advising, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and growth strategy development and implementation for middle market and large-cap organizations around the world. At Signet Capital Advisors, Mike uses his expertise and passion to handle everything from financial advisory to debt placement services for performing companies.
Since the dawning of his career, Mike has a cumulative transaction value of more than $20 billion.
As General Manager, John Paro has the robust duty of overseeing the daily operations of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. With more than 17 years of experience as a fitness and wellness center operator, he delivers strategic plans in the art of well-being to both individuals and communities – time and time again. His greatest strength lies in implementing solid organizational structure, creating proactive policies/procedures and supporting staff development to best serve the unique needs of each member.
As Corporate Accountant, Chrissy takes on the daily accounting and financial reporting for multiple Signet portfolio companies. She provides corporate-level support in the areas of finance, accounting and investor relations. Chrissy holds degrees from The University of Akron – MBA, Management, Walsh University – BA, Accounting and Walsh University – BA, Finance.
In a multitude of ways, Jessica contributes to Sprayroq’s continued success through trade show coordination, event planning, customers service support, purchasing, and office management. From her invaluable interpersonal skills, to her core accounting expertise, she is an essential part of keeping this operation running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.
As Executive Director, Catherine Porter oversees daily operations of the renowned Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center, ABHFC, which includes the 10,000 SF Training and Performance Center. Catherine fosters impactful collaborations and mutually-beneficial synergies among several different entities, including but not limited to:
She has partnered physician practices and the Advocate BroMenn Medical Center to create a unique environment where health, well-being, and performance thrive collectively.
Sabreena Riley provides human resource and communication support to IWP. She is responsible for recruiting, screening, and onboarding new hires as well as HRIS and talent management. Sabreena engages with internal stakeholders and external partners to drive awareness and growth for IWP and its centers. She provides general oversight and project management for various process improvements and communications.
Charlie Rose expertly handles the sales and marketing strategy at Accufoam®. In this role, he uses his extensive background in sales and management to oversee the development of the sales team and work with the executive team on growth strategies and emerging markets.
Prior to working at Accufoam® (a division of Creative Polymer Solutions), Charlie worked as a national sales manager in the chemical distribution industry. He received his BA from North Carolina State University and MBA from Clemson University.
At any time, you can find Jed taking care of the day-to-day accounting functions as well as financial reporting, account reconciliation, and looking for opportunities to be more efficient and/or save money. He has a bachelor’s degree from McKendree University and has worked in different accounting roles for a total of 20+ years. When he’s not finding innovative ways to bolster the books, he’s backpacking, camping and hiking with his sons.
Jason is responsible for all of Signet’s Real Estate Group’s accounting, financial reporting, compliance and treasury functions. He also works directly with business leaders to unearth fresh opportunities and manage the accounting for new real estate projects.
Jason is a CPA who kicked off his career as an auditor with Deloitte. Prior to signing with Signet, he spent 14 years serving in various accounting and finance roles for a national real estate developer based in Cleveland, OH.
As Vice President of Construction for Signet and its affiliates, Brenden is responsible for directing and managing all facets of design and construction for the organization including contract development and negotiation, project budget and cost control, master project schedule, and owner representative services. Brenden brings 10 years of construction project management experience to Signet LLC and, throughout his tenure, he has expertly managed more than $600 million in healthcare, student housing and mixed-use projects.
Prior to joining Signet Capital Advisors, Mr. Smyers was a Senior Associate at a middle-market investment bank in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was responsible for identifying strategic and financial prospects, performing industry research and market analyses, financial modeling, due diligence and preparing offering memoranda. Mr. Smyers gained significant experience working with middle-market business owners in industries such as industrial manufacturing, consumer products, and consumer services.
Before this chapter in his life, Mr. Smyers was Manager at a Florida family office where he was responsible for investment analysis and execution of middle-market investments. Additionally, Mr. Smyers was a professional golfer and competed on the PGA Tour Latino America and Asian Tour. He holds a Bachelor of Science, in Finance from Barry University. Mr. Smyers was a member of the men’s golf team where he was a two-time National Champion and Academic & Athletic All-American.
As IWP’s Director of Operations, Mike’s particular focus lies in developing and designing medical fitness centers. In this capacity, he has demonstrated a talent for instituting top-notch medically-based programming, efficient emergency response planning, and excellent customer service standards. He has the ability to build ground-breaking facilities that not only function as standalone wellness centers, but also uniquely meet the growing needs and desires of the communities in which they are constructed.
Ryan provides clients with debt and equity financing solutions placed through a multitude of traditional and non-traditional institutional lending services across a variety of property types and industry sectors.
Ryan’s Securities registrations include FINRA General Securities Representative (Series 7), FINRA Investment Banking Representative (Series 79), FINRA Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series 63), and FINRA General Securities Principal (Series 24).
Audrey Wallace serves as Marketing Manager for Signet, LLC where she creatively leads Signet’s marketing strategies. She artfully handles just about everything that pushes our brand’s voice into the modern era, including the execution of all new branding initiatives, creative production, digital/social marketing, website and collateral development, and agency management in support of the Signet Portfolio and diversified entities.
Audrey graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Baldwin-Wallace University.
As Director of Operations, Kyle instructs Sprayroq’s Certified Partners on all procedures necessary for the application of their products and oversees the everyday support structure of their operations department. He works in the office and in the field with engineers, asset owners, inspectors, general contractors, sub-contractors, regulatory agencies, environmental agencies and more to monitor and improve the application of our products. He also holds all certifications currently required for building operation/shipping/training.
Ellie Wilkinson serves as Marketing Manager for Signet LLC where she provides strategic and tactical marketing support through innovative creative direction, proactive project management, and insightful brand awareness of Signet’s portfolio companies and development projects. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University.
As Director of Business Development of Sprayroq of China, Zack is responsible for the oversight of day-to-day activities. Zack earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Chongqing Jinzhou University and a Ph.D in civil engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He is also a registered professional engineer in the state of Alabama.