February 22, 2017 12:47 PM ET

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Company Overview of Main Street America Group, Inc.

Company Overview

Main Street America Group, Inc. is a mutual insurance holding company, which through its subsidiaries provides property and casualty insurance products and services for individuals, families, and small businesses in the United States. It offers personal insurance, such as homeowners, condo and renters, personal umbrella, personal auto, and other insurance solutions. The company also provides business insurance, including property and liability insurance, commercial auto, workers' compensation, and commercial umbrella insurance. In addition, it offers surety bonds, such as contract, construction, commercial surety, and fidelity bond products to businesses and individuals; and flood insurance ...

4601 Touchton Road East

Suite 3400

Jacksonville, FL 32246

United States

Founded in 1923

Phone:

904-380-7281

Fax:

904-380-7244

Key Executives for Main Street America Group, Inc.

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, and Treasurer
Regional President of New England Region
Regional President of Northeast Region
Regional President of Florida
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Main Street America Group, Inc. Key Developments

Main Street America Group Appoints Anne Bastian as National Account Executive

The Main Street America Group has announced the appointment of Anne Bastian to national account executive, a newly established role within the company's field operations division. In this capacity, Bastian, who has served as a Main Street America field marketing representative since 2008, and also spearhead national account business development and agent sales incentive programs. Bastian is based at the company's corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla., and reports to Jeff Kusch, Main Street America's executive vice president, insurance operations. Bastian has nearly 25 years of property/casualty industry experience. Prior to joining Main Street America in 2006 as a senior commercial lines underwriter, she was a licensed independent insurance agent in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Main Street America Group, Inc. Promotes Jeff Kusch to EVP, Insurance Operations

The Main Street America Group has promoted senior executive Jeff Kusch to executive vice president, insurance operations. In addition to continuing to oversee the super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier’s sales and marketing operations, Kusch will also have responsibility for its three core product areas: commercial lines, personal lines and bonds. Product vice presidents Dan Gaynor (commercial), Nancy Giordano-Ramos (bonds) and Debbie Murphy (personal) will report to Kusch. Additionally, Main Street America’s five regional presidents will continue to report to Kusch: Mark Berger (Northeast Region), Steve Berry (New England Region), Chris Cox (Florida Region), Tiffany Daly (Western Region) and Dave Randle (Southeast Region). Kusch will continue to report to Main Street America chairman and chief executive officer Tom Van Berkel. In addition to his new executive vice president position, Kusch will remain president of three Main Street America affiliate carriers: Austin Mutual Insurance Company, Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company and Spring Valley Mutual Insurance Company. Kusch joined Austin Mutual in 1992 as an accounting manager. His leadership roles at Austin Mutual included treasurer, secretary, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. Following Austin Mutual’s affiliation with Main Street America in 2012, Kusch became its Western Region president, a role he held until his appointment in 2015 as senior vice president, field operations. Prior to joining Austin Mutual, Kusch was a member of the senior audit staff at Coopers & Lybrand LLP.

The Main Street America Group Announces Executive Promotions

The Main Street America Group announced the promotion of one company officer to assistant vice president and the appointment of four new company officers, all of whom will be an assistant secretary of the super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier. They are: Darryl Osman: director, personal lines product management and market research - promoted to assistant vice president. Daniel Blau: director, personal lines pricing - appointed as an assistant secretary. Jane McPherson: director, commercial lines product management-appointed as an assistant secretary. Deana Pessina: director, commercial lines product management - appointed as an assistant secretary. Scott Simmons: director, commercial lines agribusiness-appointed as an assistant secretary. Osman is responsible for managing Main Street America’s personal lines product areas-including its homeowners, private passenger auto and personal umbrella insurance programs-and also oversees the market research and competitive analysis functions for personal lines. Additionally, he spearheads personal lines product improvements and product launches, including the company’s new Main Street Protection Auto program. Osman reports to Deb Murphy, Main Street America’s vice president/head of personal lines, and is based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla. Osman has extensive personal lines product management experience. He joined Main Street America in 2011 as a personal lines product manager for the company’s New England Region states. He was promoted into his current position in 2015 and was also appointed as a company officer (assistant secretary) last year. Prior to joining Main Street America, Osman was a product management director at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Blau is responsible for defining and directing actuarial efforts to achieve Main Street America’s desired loss ratio, production, profit and growth objectives in personal lines through pricing and rate structure strategies. He also provides support and recommendations to the company’s personal lines product management team on strategic planning issues and maintains predictive models used in personal lines pricing. Blau reports to Murphy and is based in Jacksonville. Blau has extensive property/casualty management experience, primarily in product and pricing development. He joined Main Street America in 2014 from Hartford Financial Services, where he led research, product development and pricing efforts in personal lines. Blau previously held management roles at GMAC Insurance, Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Insurance Services Office, New York, N.Y. McPherson is responsible for managing Main Street America’s Main Line Business Owners Policy program. She also spearheads its commercial lines product improvements and product launches, including the ongoing rollout of the company’s new cyber risk program. McPherson reports to Dan Gaynor, the company’s vice president/head of commercial lines, and is based in Jacksonville. McPherson has extensive commercial lines management experience. She joined Main Street America in 2003 as a commercial lines product and process manager. In 2007, she was promoted to director, commercial lines underwriting systems and process. McPherson assumed her current director role in 2009. Prior to joining Main Street America, McPherson held a variety of roles at Indiana Insurance during her 13-year tenure at the regional property/casualty carrier. This included commercial underwriter, commercial underwriting supervisor and team leader. Pessina is responsible for managing Main Street America’s commercial auto, workers’ compensation and commercial umbrella programs. She also spearheads its product improvements and product launches, including the ongoing rollout of the company’s tiered workers’ compensation program. She reports to Gaynor and is based in Jacksonville. Pessina has extensive commercial lines management experience. She joined Main Street America in 2005 as a senior commercial lines team underwriter in the company’s Jacksonville (Southeast) Region. In 2007, she was promoted to commercial lines underwriting and process manager at the corporate level and, in 2008, was promoted to director, commercial lines underwriting and product management. Pessina assumed her current director role in 2011. Prior to joining Main Street America, Pessina was a customer service representative at Bob Geier Insurance Agency, an independent agency in Spring Hill, Fla. Previously, she held several commercial lines roles at Commerce Insurance Company, Webster, Mass. Simmons is responsible for leading Main Street America’s Austin Mutual Insurance Company agribusiness operations, where he oversees premium growth and profitability initiatives in 11 Midwest and Western states. Simmons also directs product development and management, underwriting and loss control, as well as field marketing and producer management of the company’s agribusiness function. He reports to Gaynor and is based at the company’s Omaha, Neb., office. Simmons has extensive experience in agribusiness underwriting and management. He joined Main Street America in 2015 from Berkley North Pacific LLC, Bellevue, Wash., where he served as executive agribusiness underwriter and led development of the regional insurance carrier’s commercial agriculture program. Previously, Simmons held agribusiness management and underwriting roles at Penn Millers Insurance Company, Unigard Insurance and Grange Insurance Association, all in Washington State.

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