Press Release for Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Main Street America Group Gift Creates UNF Endowment

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business recently received a $50,000 gift from The Main Street America Group, a Jacksonville-based super regional property-casualty insurance carrier, establishing The Main Street America Group Career Management Endowment.

“We hope our support helps Coggin’s students be as prepared as possible for their future careers in the business world,” said Tom Van Berkel, chairman, president and CEO of The Main Street America Group. Van Berkel is also a member of Coggin’s Business Advisory Council.

This gift will benefit the Coggin College Career Management Center, which offers specialized services to help students begin successful and fulfilling careers. Through proactive and individualized assistance, the Center aims to provide a competitive edge to allow Coggin students and alumni to secure the best positions available.

“The generous investment made by The Main Street America Group will support us in creating a focused approach to professional placement for Coggin College students and graduates,” said John McAllister, dean of the Coggin College of Business at UNF. “The Main Street America Group is not only investing in the Coggin College of Business, but also in the students who will be the future workforce of Jacksonville.”

The Main Street America Group Career Management Endowment will allow the Career Management Center to provide additional resources to students, including unique special events, targeted trainings and state-of-the art Web-based subscription resources to aid students in their employment preparation and job searches.

Additionally, the endowment will provide support for recruiting efforts and staff training, ensuring that the Center’s staff remains an up-to-date resource for both students and employers.

With more than 3,800 students, the Coggin College’s mission is to educate and develop business professionals through rigorous, relevant accredited degree programs offered by faculty devoted to student learning and engaged in scholarly activities.

Since 1976, the Coggin College of Business has been accredited by AACSB—only one in five business schools are awarded the accreditation, which honors the best business schools in the world. The AACSB is the world leader in accreditation for business education.

With roots dating back to 1923, The Main Street America Group is a super regional insurance company that operates four property-casualty insurance carriers: NGM Insurance Company, Old Dominion Insurance Company, Main Street America Assurance Company and MSA Insurance Company. Based in Jacksonville, Main Street America offers a wide range of commercial and personal insurance products as well as fidelity and surety bond products to individuals, families and businesses.

With more than $850 million in direct premium written exclusively by more than 1,300 independent insurance agents, Main Street America insures more than 500,000 policyholders along the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida. The company has regional offices in Jacksonville; Keene, N.H.; Richmond, Va.; and Syracuse, N.Y., and a claims reporting center in Auburn, Mass. A.M. Best Company rates The Main Street America Group as an "A" (Excellent). Main Street America is the founding company partner of Trusted Choice®, the global branding program of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America.