Industry Vet Tom Gerken Joins USI Midwest
Following four years of success providing property and liability coverage for Jellystone Park franchisees, USI Midwest and Tom Gerken, consultant for USI Midwest, are expanding their park insurance program to the campground industry.
USI is the ninth largest insurance broker in the U.S. and has a comprehensive array of insurance products and services to offer the industry. As a full-service broker, USI Midwest offers commercial auto, workers compensation, bonds, employee benefits, personal lines and risk control services in addition to commercial property and liability coverage.
“We are very please to have Tom as a consultant for USI Midwest,” Tom Chatham, president of UPI Midwest’s commercial lines, said in a news release. “His expertise and background in the campground industry will be a huge benefit to our clients and the industry. Tom will be expanding USI’s involvement and participation in the industry and its associations.”
Having provided insurances to the camping industry for over 20 years, Gerken has also served on the board of directors and as membership chairman for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). Gerken continues to serve as chairman-elect to the board of regents of the National School of RV Park and Campground Management.
“I am very excited to bring USI’s quality products, services and stability to the camping industry,” Gerken said.
Rob Schutter Jr., COO of Leisure Systems Inc., franchisor of the Jellystone Park brand, added, “USI Midwest has done an excellent job for the Jellystone system, offering great services, competitive pricing and the ability to place and maintain coverage for many difficult-to-place risks.”