Tom Van Berkel
Chief Executive Officer
Tom Van Berkel is chief executive officer at The Main Street America Group.
Tom joined Main Street America in 1990 as vice president, marketing, and in 1993, was promoted to senior vice president, insurance operations. In 2001, he was elected president and chief operating officer and appointed chief executive officer in 2002. In 2006, Tom was elected chairman of all of Main Street America’s operating companies’ boards. In 2018, upon completion of our planned merger with American Family, he joined the board of directors of American Family Insurance Mutual Holding Company.
Prior to joining Main Street America, Tom was senior vice president of personal lines at Associates
Insurance Group, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. He has held several other management
positions throughout his insurance career, including key roles with Crum and Forster and Trinity
Universal Insurance Company.
Tom is very active in the community and insurance industry. He is past chair of the Jacksonville,
Fla., Chamber of Commerce board of directors and has held several other leadership positions at
the JAX Chamber including treasurer of the board, chair of the board of governors and chair of JAXUSA Partnership, the Chamber’s economic development initiative. Additionally, Tom has served as vice president of finance for the North Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America, past chair of the River Club of Jacksonville’s board of directors and a board member of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.
Tom earned his bachelor’s degree at Boston College, Boston, Mass.
President, Field Operations
Jeff Kusch is president, field operations at The Main Street America Group.
Jeff is also president and chief executive officer of Main Street America affiliate Austin Mutual Insurance Company.
Jeff is responsible for leading Main Street America’s field sales function and directing strategies to spur mutually profitable growth via the company’s distribution network. This includes overseeing Main Street America’s five regions and home office field operations unit. In addition, he is responsible for Main Street America's assumed reinsurance and bond areas.
Jeff joined Austin Mutual Insurance Company 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, Jeff became Main Street America's Western Region president, a role he held until his appointment as our senior vice president, field operations, in February 2015. Jeff was promoted to executive vice president in January 2017 and to his current role in March 2019.
Prior to joining Austin Mutual, Jeff was a member of the senior audit staff at Coopers Lybrand LLP.
Jeff is a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Insurance Services, the Minnesota Insurance Guaranty Association, the Property & Casualty Insurers Association of America, the Property Loss Research Bureau and Epien Medical Inc.
Jeff earned his bachelor's degree in accounting at Winona State University, Winona, Minn., and also holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.
President, Insurance Operations
Chris Listau is president of insurance operations at The Main Street America Group.
Chris is responsible for Main Street America’s key product and underwriting areas: personal lines and commercial lines. In addition, he oversees pricing. Chris is also responsible for Main Street America’s information technology (IT), claims/ICS, and business technology operations (BTO) functions. He also has oversight of human resources and strategic planning/governance.
Chris joined Main Street America in 2018 after the planned merger with American Family Insurance and was promoted to his current role in March 2019. His career with American Family began in 1993 as an agent in Mora, Minn. From 1996-2002, he held several field marketing roles of increasing responsibility. He served from 2002-2007 as Iowa sales director and was appointed as Central Regional sales vice president in 2007. Chris was named commercial- farm/ranch vice president in 2012 and promoted to president of commercial-farm ranch in 2014.
Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary
Bruce Fox is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at The Main Street America Group.
Bruce is responsible for representing Main Street America on all legislative and regulatory affairs. He also ensures Main Street America’s business practices, policies and all other dealings meet state and federal regulatory requirements. Bruce oversees all aspects of governance for our organization to ensure Main Street America is managed in the best interests of our policyholders. Further, he provides legal advice and counsel to senior staff members. In addition, Bruce oversees our state filings unit.
Bruce joined Main Street America in 2003 as senior field attorney and was promoted to managing attorney in 2006, where he oversaw the company’s claims law office in Auburn, Mass. He joined our corporate law staff as corporate counsel in 2007 and was appointed assistant secretary, corporate counsel, in 2008. In January 2011, Bruce was promoted to assistant vice president, general counsel and secretary. In August 2011, Bruce was promoted to vice president/head of law and to senior vice president in July 2018.
Prior to joining Main Street America, Bruce was director of legal services for the contract negotiation and benchmarking services division of AMR Research Inc. His extensive legal experience also includes roles as managing attorney at American International Group and senior trial attorney at two Boston, Mass.-area law firms.
Bruce earned his bachelor’s degree at Suffolk University, Boston, and his Juris doctorate degree at Boston College Law School.