Stewart Title of California names Gardea as district manager

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 7, 2007) – Stewart Title of California has named 30-year title industry veteran Vicki E. Gardea as district manager overseeing Stanislaus, San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

“Vicki’s demonstrated leadership in building, growing, and successfully managing title companies in Northern California makes her a key addition to our team,” said Brian Hurley, president of Stewart Title of California. “Her work with our local managers will help us  navigate the current market while building the disciplines, foundation, and strengths upon which to grow.”

Gardea most recently served as Bay Area president for Financial Title, overseeing company operations in five counties in that area. She worked for several years taking Financial Title’s sister company, Alliance Title, to a top position in several San Joaquin Valley markets.

“I’m looking forward to working with all the experienced and dedicated employees and managers in these Stewart Title operations,” said Gardea. “We will be working as a team to implement new ideas as we continue our commitment to ‘magnificent service’ to our customers.”

Stewart Title of California is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a customer-driven, technology-enabled, strategically competitive, real estate information, title insurance and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 9,500 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at