Tom Van Berkel is chairman, president and chief executive officer at The Main Street America Group, a super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier which offers its commercial lines, personal lines and surety products exclusively through 3,000 independent insurance agents. The company writes property/casualty in 36 states, surety in 45 states and has more than 600,000 policyholders.
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.
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 the immediate 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 is vice president of finance for the North Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America, immediate 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.
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