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Board of Directors

The Main Street America Group's Board of Directors:
Thomas M. Van Berkel
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Terry L. Baxter
Retired Executive
Cotton M. Cleveland
President, Mather Associates
John A. Delaney
President, University of North Florida
R. Chris Doerr
Retired Executive
Albert H. Elfner III, CFA
Retired Executive
David Freeman
Retired Executive
William D. Gunter Jr.
Chairman Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance Inc.
Idalene F. Kesner
Dean and Professor of Strategic Management, Indiana University Kelley School of Business
James E. Morley Jr.
Retired Executive
 

Thomas M. Van Berkel
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
The Main Street America Group
Jacksonville, Fla.
Chairman since September 2006, Director since June 2001

Thomas “Tom” Van Berkel is chairman, president and chief executive officer at The Main Street America Group, a mutual insurance holding company system with nine property/casualty insurance carriers. Main Street America offers its commercial lines, personal lines and surety products exclusively through independent insurance agents. 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 The Main Street America Group’s operating companies’ boards.


Terry L. Baxter
Retired Executive
Lyme, N.H.
Director since April 1995

Terry Baxter retired from White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. in 2003, where he served as president for many years. Terry served as vice chairman and general manager of the Inaugural Gala for both President Ronald Reagan (1985) and President George H.W. Bush (1989). Between administrations, he served as senior vice president of the National Bank of Washington until President George H.W. Bush appointed him managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board in 1990.


Cotton M. Cleveland
President
Mather Associates
New London, N.H.
Director since June 1991

Cotton Cleveland is president of Mather Associates LLC, a New England-based consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development for business, public and nonprofit organizations. She is the founding executive director of Leadership New Hampshire, a statewide leadership program designed to foster and expand the pool of key regional leaders throughout New Hampshire and is moderator for the Town of New London, N.H.


John A. Delaney
President
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, Fla.
Director since December 2004

John Delaney was appointed as the fifth president of the University of North Florida (UNF) in 2003. During his tenure at UNF, John has led unprecedented growth at the public university in Jacksonville, Fla., which currently has an enrollment of more than 16,000 students. His presidency continues a distinguished career in public service. During his two terms as mayor of Jacksonville (1995-2003), John convinced local voters to approve The Better Jacksonville Plan, a $2.2 billion improvement initiative that provided the city with new public facilities and other amenities.


R. Chris Doerr
Retired Executive
Jacksonville, Fla.
Director since May 2011

Chris Doerr retired from Jacksonville, Fla.-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) in 2013, where he served as executive vice president, chief administrative officer, chief financial officer and a member of the office of the chief operating officer. At BCBSF, Chris had overall responsibility for the company’s finance, accounting, actuarial, underwriting, corporate development, corporate tax, treasury functions, as well as its investment portfolios.


Albert H. Elfner III, CFA
Retired Executive
Boston
Director since December 2001

Albert “Chip” Elfner retired from Evergreen Investment Management Company, Boston, Mass., in 1999, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer. Prior to his tenure at Evergreen, Chip spent 17 years at Keystone Custodian Funds Inc., Boston, where he held numerous management roles, including chief investment officer, president and chief executive officer.


David Freeman
Retired Executive
Manchester, Conn.
Director since March 2003

David Freeman retired from Lydall Inc., Manchester, Conn., in 2007, where he served as president and chief executive officer. Lydall is a publicly traded company whose subsidiaries manufacture technologically advanced engineered materials for demanding specialty applications. David was a distinguished professor of international business at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Conn., from 2000-2003 as well as 2008-2015.


William D. Gunter Jr.
Chairman
Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance Inc.
Tallahassee, Fla.
Director since December 1994

William “Bill” Gunter has over 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. He currently serves as chairman of the board of Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance Inc. (RGVI), an independent agency based in Tallahassee, Fla., and is chief executive officer of Bill Gunter & Associates, a financial and insurance consulting division of RGVI.


Idalene F. Kesner
Dean and Professor of Strategic Management
Indiana University Kelley School of Business
Bloomington, Ind.
Director since October 2010

Idalene “Idie” Kesner was appointed dean of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in July 2013. She has served as the Frank P. Popoff chair of strategic management since 1995. Previously, Idie was the associate dean of faculty and research at the Kelley School. From 2006-2009, she served as chairperson for the Kelley School's department of management and entrepreneurship. From 2003-2006, Idie served as chairperson of the school's MBA program.


James E. Morley Jr.
Retired Executive
Annapolis, Maryland
Director since September 1994

James “Jay” Morley retired from National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), Washington, D.C., in June 2006, where he served as president. During his 11-year tenure at NACUBO, Jay spearheaded many efforts to remain in the forefront of the ever-changing world of higher education, including projects related to TRA97 tax-reporting requirements, college costs, total quality improvement and institutional student aid.


 
 
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