Leadership
Our work ethic, in every aspect, is based on shared responsibility, accountability and ownership

Our people are second to none in the industry; bringing a comprehensive level of experience and underwriting expertise coupled with the intellectual capacity and energy to effectively sell and service our products. Each is driven by the knowledge that long term successful relationships require continuous attention, uncompromising honesty, and plain hard work.

 
Andrew M. Tuma
President

With over 25 years of commercial banking, property and casualty, and surety experience, Andrew joined Berkley Surety in 2007. Andrew oversees the direction of Berkley Surety.

Andrew graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island and holds Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Politics and Business Management, respectively. Andrew also holds a MBA from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Andrew also attained the following industry certifications: CPCU, AFSB and AIM.

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Vincent P. Forte
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

With over 25 years of surety experience, Vin joined Berkley Surety in 2009. Vin is responsible for ensuring proper alignment throughout the organization to keep us working at peak efficiency. Vin oversees many facets of the organization.

Vin graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.

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Alan Lawrence
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

With over 30 years of financial and accounting managerial experience in the property and casualty insurance industry, Alan joined Berkley Surety in 2013. Alan oversees Berkley Surety's financial operations.

Alan is a Certified Public Accountant, having started his career with Price Waterhouse & Company, and earned both his Bachelors of Science and MBA degrees from Boston University.

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Michael Hurley
Senior Vice President & General Counsel

With over 25 years of experience in the surety industry, Mike joined Berkley Surety in 2005 as head of the Claims Operation; he now serves as legal counsel for the company.

Mike earned his Bachelors of Arts in economics from Boston College and his J.D. from Boston College Law School. Mike is admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey.

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Robert C. Knoke
Senior Vice President / Head of Contract

With over 30 years of surety experience, Bob joined Berkley Surety in 2006. Bob is responsible for the Contract Division, its underwriting and overall direction.

Bob graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelors of Arts and has a degree in Marketing.

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Chris Nolan
Senior Vice President / Head of Commercial

With over 15 years of surety experience, Chris joined Berkley Surety in 2009. Chris is responsible for the Commercial Division, its underwriting and overall direction.

Chris graduated from Rutgers College with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and earned his MBA from Seton Hall University.

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Todd A. Fraaken
Vice President, Shared Services & Chief Information Officer

With over 20 years of insurance/surety experience, Todd joined Berkley Surety in 2008. Todd is responsible for many of the Operations departments including Agency Management, Facility Management, Fleet Management, Information Technology, Operations and the Service Center.

Todd graduated from Grand View University with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration and earned his MBA from the University of Iowa.

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Bruce W. Kahn
Vice President / Head of Claims

With over 20 years of experience as a construction attorney and surety claims professional, Bruce joined Berkley Surety in 2013. Bruce is responsible for Berkley Surety's claims operations.

Bruce earned his Bachelors of Arts from the University of Rochester, his J.D. from Albany Law School and his MBA from the Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Bruce is admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey.

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