The Main Street America Group Inducts Six Employees into its Circle of Excellence

Recipients Received Company’s Highest Honor

The Main Street America Group has inducted senior commercial lines underwriter Kathleen Carocci into its prestigious Circle of Excellence. (Photo: Business Wire)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--()--Six employees of super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier The Main Street America Group received the company’s highest honor when they were inducted into its prestigious Circle of Excellence at a recent ceremony in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The diverse group of winners, representing several of Main Street America’s office locations across the country, was selected for their individual accomplishments and significant contributions to the company’s 2014 performance, which included surpassing $1 billion in surplus (capital) for the first time in the company’s 91-year history, generating net written premium sales of $968.6 million and increasing total assets to $2.36 billion.

This year’s Main Street America’s Circle of Excellence honorees are:

Kathleen Carocci, senior underwriter, commercial lines product, Northeast Region

Emily Nardello, operations technical supervisor, integrated customer solutions, Keene, N.H.

Ellen Sliwoski, supervisor, claims administration, Auburn, Mass.

Shivkumar Sukale, application systems technical lead, information technology, Jacksonville, Fla.

Melonnie Summers, business development executive, field operations, Western Region

Wendy Swenson, surety development executive, bonds, National

“Our six Circle of Excellence recipients have earned the company’s highest honor because they consistently exemplify Main Street America’s core values of ownership, relationships and service,” said Tom Van Berkel, Main Street America’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Kathleen, Emily, Ellen, Shivkumar, Melonnie and Wendy are each highly regarded contributors to our company’s sustained success and always strive to serve our independent insurance agent-customers, our policyholders and our internal clients in an exceptional way.”

Established in 1985, the Circle of Excellence is an annual recognition program for Main Street America employees. Circle of Excellence members are nominated by fellow employees and selected by the company’s senior management team for their embodiment of the organization’s core values. Nearly 250 employees have been inducted into Main Street America’s Circle of Excellence since its founding.

Additional details about Main Street America’s 2014 results are available via its 2014 Annual Report: A Year on Main Street.

About The Main Street America Group

With roots dating back to 1923, The Main Street America Group is a mutual insurance holding company which writes business through its nine property/casualty insurance carriers: NGM Insurance Company, Old Dominion Insurance Company, Austin Mutual Insurance Company, Grain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company, Main Street America Assurance Company, Great Lakes Casualty Insurance Company, MSA Insurance Company, Spring Valley Mutual Insurance Company and Main Street America Protection Insurance Company. Based 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.

With nearly $1 billion in premium written exclusively by more than 3,000 independent insurance agents, the 92-year-old company insures over 650,000 policyholders in 36 states and writes bonds in 46 states and the District of Columbia. A.M. Best Company rates The Main Street America Group with an "A" (Excellent) financial strength rating and “a+” issuer credit rating. Main Street America is the founding company partner of Trusted Choice®, the global branding program of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. Main Street America is also a founding company partner of the consumer agent portal and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center. For more information about Main Street America, please visit our newsroom at or connect with us on Facebook at


The Main Street America Group
Mark Friedlander, 904-380-7461

Release Summary

The Main Street America Group has inducted six employees in its prestigious Circle of Excellence. Nearly 250 company employees have received this unique honor since its founding in 1985.


The Main Street America Group
Mark Friedlander, 904-380-7461