The Main Street America Group announced the promotion of one company officer to assistant vice president and the appointment of three new company officers in its Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters.
Darryl Osman, currently the director, personal lines product management and market research, has been promoted to assistant vice president. Osman is responsible for managing Main Street America’s personal lines product areas – including its homeowners, private passenger auto and personal umbrella insurance programs – and also oversees the market research and competitive analysis functions for personal lines. Additionally, he spearheads personal lines product improvements and product launches, including the company’s new Main Street Protection Auto program. Osman reports to Deb Murphy, Main Street America’s vice president/head of personal lines.
Osman joined Main Street America in 2011 as a personal lines product manager for its New England Region states. He was promoted into his current position in 2015 and was also appointed as a company officer (assistant secretary) last year.
Prior to joining Main Street America, Osman was a product management director at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Chicago. He also held product management roles at Zurich North America, and Allstate Insurance Company.
Osman earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.
In addition to Osman’s promotion, Main Street America appointed Daniel Blau, Jane McPherson and Deana Pessina to assistant secretary in the Jacksonville headquarters.
Blau is responsible for defining and directing actuarial efforts to achieve Main Street America’s desired loss ratio, production, profit and growth objectives in personal lines through pricing and rate structure strategies. He also provides support and recommendations to the company’s personal lines product management team on strategic planning issues and maintains predictive models used in personal lines pricing. Blau also reports to Murphy.
Blau’s joined Main Street America in 2014 from Hartford Financial Services where he led research, product development and pricing efforts in personal lines. Blau previously held management roles at GMAC Insurance, and the Insurance Services Office.
Blau graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at New York University, New York, N.Y. He is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
McPherson is responsible for managing Main Street America’s Main Line Business Owners Policy program. She also spearheads its commercial lines product improvements and product launches, including the ongoing rollout of the company’s new cyber risk program. McPherson reports to Dan Gaynor, the company’s vice president/head of commercial lines.
McPherson joined Main Street America in 2003 as a commercial lines product and process manager. In 2007, she was promoted to director, commercial lines underwriting systems and process. McPherson assumed her current director role in 2009.
Prior to joining Main Street America, McPherson held a variety of roles at Indiana Insurance during her 13-year tenure at the regional property/casualty carrier. This included commercial underwriter, commercial underwriting supervisor and team leader.
McPherson earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and communications arts at St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minn. She holds several professional designations including Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).
Pessina is responsible for managing Main Street America’s commercial auto, workers’ compensation and commercial umbrella programs. She also spearheads its product improvements and product launches, including the ongoing rollout of the company’s tiered workers’ compensation program. She reports to Gaynor.
Pessina joined Main Street America in 2005 as a senior commercial lines team underwriter in the company’s Jacksonville (Southeast) Region. In 2007, she was promoted to commercial lines underwriting and process manager at the corporate level and, in 2008, was promoted to director, commercial lines underwriting and product management. Pessina assumed her current director role in 2011.
Prior to joining Main Street America, Pessina was a customer service representative at Bob Geier Insurance Agency, an independent agency in Spring Hill, Fla. Previously, she held several commercial lines roles at Commerce Insurance Company, Webster, Mass.
Pessina earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Conn. She also holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation.
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 range of commercial and personal insurance, as well as fidelity and surety bond products, to individuals, families and businesses throughout the United States. It insures over 600,000 policyholders in 36 states and writes bonds in 47 states and the District of Columbia.
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