Tom Van Berkel
President and Chief Executive Officer
Tom Van Berkel is president and 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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Treasurer
Tom Frazier is senior vice president and corporate treasurer of The Main Street America Group.
Tom is responsible for overseeing corporate financial reporting and internal controls function, as well as financial systems and operations. In addition, he manages Main Street America’s investment portfolio.
Tom joined Main Street America in 1999 as a senior internal auditor and was named manager, corporate finance, in 2001. He was promoted to director, corporate finance and investments, in November 2005 and became a company officer when appointed assistant treasurer by Main Street America’s board in March 2007. Tom was promoted to assistant vice president in 2010 and vice president, chief investment officer in 2011. In 2017, Tom was promoted to senior vice president and to his current role in 2018.
Prior to joining Main Street America, Tom was a Certified Public Accountant at Robert M. Mucha, CPA, PC, Keene. His previous experience also included roles as a financial analyst at Kingsbury Corporation, Keene, and an audit senior at Ernst & Young LLP, Boston.
Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Assumption College, Worcester, Mass. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Tom also has attained the Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF) designation.
Executive Vice President, Field Operations
Jeff Kusch is executive vice 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 in January 2017 to his current role.
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.
Executive Vice President, Insurance Operations
Chris Listau is executive vice 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.
Chris joined Main Street America in 2018 after the planned merger with American Family Insurance. 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 and Head of Human Resources
Dave Medvidofsky is senior vice president, human resources at The Main Street America Group.
He is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of Main Street America’s human resources strategy and products, and oversees the organization’s administrative services and corporate communications functions. Additionally, he facilitates the company’s enterprise risk management program.
Dave, who joined Main Street America in 1991 as a personal lines underwriter, has held numerous leadership positions during his tenure at the company. This includes vice president of internal audit, vice president and general manager of its Information Systems & Services Corporation subsidiary and assistant vice president of corporate strategy. Dave became vice president of human resources in June 2015. In July 2018, he was promoted to senior vice president. He also has worked on the independent agency side of the business.
Dave has been published in numerous industry publications including National Underwriter, CPCU Journal and Best’s Review. He has contributed to course materials for The Institutes’ Associate in Risk Management – ERM and Accredited Adviser in Insurance – Management programs. He also has served on many industry committees and is a past president of the CPCU Society.
Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in leadership at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, N.H. He also holds the following insurance industry designations: Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) and Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF).
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Governance
John Thompson is senior vice president of strategic planning and governance of The Main Street America Group.
In addition to corporate strategy, John’s responsibilities include planning, budgeting and financial analysis. He also is responsible for our corporate actuarial unit, as well as enterprise risk management.
John joined Main Street America in October 1999 as director, financial planning and analysis. He was promoted to assistant vice president, corporate finance and planning, in March 2003. John was promoted to vice president, operational controller in 2008. In 2018, he was promoted to his current role.
Prior to joining Main Street America, John spent 19 years at CIGNA Corporation, Philadelphia, Pa., where he held a variety of management roles including assistant vice president, property and casualty systems; assistant vice president, special risk facilities; and director, multinational financial operations.
John earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting/finance from the Wharton School of Economics at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.