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Main Street America Announces 1 Company Officer Promotion and 4 New Officer Appointments
The Main Street America Group has announced the promotion of Andy Gauthier, administrative services director, to assistant vice president and the appointments of Todd Compton, policy administration systems director; Keith MacLean, bonds account management director; Kara Milair, regional sales director; and Pete Schrader, financial systems and operations director, each to assistant secretary of the super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier.
“These individuals play key roles on Main Street America’s management team,” said Tom Van Berkel, the company’s chief executive officer. “They exemplify the strong leadership qualities that drive our organization’s continued success in a competitive marketplace and help us fulfill our mission of taking care of our customers better than anyone else.”
Following are more details about the five Main Street America officers:
Assistant Vice President
Administrative Services Director
Gauthier is responsible for overseeing Main Street America’s administrative services operations, including purchasing, mail services, print operations and policy assembly, as well as the MSA Print Shop and Keene, N.H., Cafeteria.
Gauthier, who reports to Dave Medvidofsky, senior vice president of human resources and administrative services, is based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla. He joined Main Street America in 2000 as an office services manager. In 2008, Gauthier was appointed purchasing manager and then was promoted to his current role in 2011.
Prior to joining Main Street America, Gauthier served as vice president and general manager at Whitney Brothers, Keene, from 1998 to 2000. His background in administrative services operations also includes his role as purchasing director at CFX Corporation, Keene.
Gauthier earned his bachelor’s degree in business management at Franklin Pierce University.
Policy Administration Systems Director
Compton has responsibility for partnering with information technology’s (IT) internal business clients, as well as other IT units, to deliver and maintain the best possible reliable software solutions to help improve Main Street America’s technology efficiency and business profitability. The primary mission of his policy administration unit is to enable our agent-customers to easily write personal lines, commercial lines and bonds business via our Main Street Station and legacy platforms.
Compton reports to Amy Frederick, Main Street America’s chief information officer, and is based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla. Prior to joining Main Street America in 2017, Todd was the director of IT application development at Nationwide, Columbus, Ohio, for the more than a decade. His vast IT experience also includes serving as an IT application development manager at Nationwide and Gates McDonald, Columbus.
Compton earned his bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Dayton in Ohio. He also holds his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Bonds Account Management Director
MacLean is responsible for the strategic direction, management and financial performance of Main Street America’s account-driven bond business, which includes contract surety and commercial large national accounts. His team has been instrumental in propelling profitable growth in the company’s bonds unit and achieving our 2018 ahead-of-plan results.
MacLean, who reports to Nancy Giordano-Ramos, vice president of bonds, is based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla. He joined Main Street America in 2011 as a bonds account management executive. In 2015, MacLean was promoted to regional bond manager for our Southeast bonds territory and then to his current role in 2016.
Prior to joining Main Street America, MacLean served from 2007-2011 as a financial analyst and then a senior bond underwriter at Selective Insurance, Chicago and Branchville, N.J.
MacLean earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Penn State University.
Regional Sales Director
Milair has responsibility for leading a team of New England Region field marketing representatives and overseeing Main Street America’s profitable growth strategy throughout the region’s six states. She also manages the strategic expansion of our agency plant in the region. In addition, Milair partners with the company’s commercial lines, personal lines and bonds product teams to implement state-specific strategies and assists in deploying our policy processing systems and processes to our customers in these markets.
Milair, who reports to Steve Berry, New England Region president, is based remotely in Maine. She joined Main Street America in 1999. During her time with our organization, Milair has held various field marketing roles. She began her Main Street America career as an agency development manager in Maine. In 2005, she was promoted to territory manager for Northern New England.
Beginning in 2008, Milair served as a business development executive for our Maine and Massachusetts agent customers. She was promoted to her current role in 2015.
Prior to joining Main Street America, Milair was a personal lines underwriting manager for Peerless Insurance, Portland, Maine.
Milair earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Syracuse University. She also holds the following professional designations: Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).
Financial Systems and Operations Director
Schrader oversees Main Street America’s corporate financial systems and operations, including accounts payable, 1099's, abandoned property and payment processing. In addition, he has responsibility for directing the company’s corporate-wide budget and cost control function by establishing budgeting, expense management and reporting processes. He also manages our expense and spending policies and procedures.
Schrader, who reports to Tom Frazier, senior vice president of investments, accounting and treasury, is based at the company’s office in Keene, N.H. He began his career at Main Street America in 1990 and, since 1997, he has held several financial services management roles. In 2012, Schrader was promoted to his current role.
Schrader earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire and a second bachelor’s degree in computer science from Keene State College.
About The Main Street America Group
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Main Street America offers a wide range of commercial and personal insurance, as well as fidelity and surety bond products, to individuals, families and businesses throughout the United States. The company writes more than $1.1 billion in annual premium exclusively through independent insurance agents. Main Street America carries an "A" (Excellent) Financial Strength Rating, with a Stable Outlook, and “a+” Issuer Credit Rating from A.M. Best. In 2018, Main Street America merged with American Family Insurance, the nation’s 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group, becoming the enterprise’s channel to distribute products through independent agents. Visit us at and on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.