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Goodville Mutual recognized as one of the top 50 insurers nationwide for the 15th consecutive year!

July 11, 2024
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Goodville Mutual Casualty Company has been named one of the nation’s top 50 insurers on the Ward's 50® Property and Casualty Companies list for 2024. This accolade is attributed to Goodville's exceptional team, whose dedication has facilitated Goodville’s inclusion in this esteemed roster of companies for the 15th consecutive year in a row. It is also a testament to the unwavering commitment to supporting their valued members and the dedicated network of independent agents representing them in the marketplace.

David Gautsche, President & CEO of Goodville Mutual, said, “This acknowledgment is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team at Goodville Mutual. It is a significant honor to be recognized in the Ward's 50® Property and Casualty Companies list again this year. I am extraordinarily proud of the outstanding commitment of our team and the agencies we partner with to serve our members. Thanks to the Wards Group for recognizing the hard work of our team once again!”

Ward Benchmarking, part of Aon, is a leading provider of benchmarking and best practices for the insurance industry. The group analyzes the financial performance of nearly 3,000 property-casualty companies in the U.S. annually to identify top performers.  For more information on the 2024 Ward's 50 list, visit https://ward.aon.com/ward-benchmarking/wards50/property-casualty/.

Goodville Mutual Casualty Company Announces Appointment of New Board Members

June 13, 2024

Goodville Mutual Casualty Company is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Coming from diverse backgrounds with robust financial and business acumen, the new board members bring extensive business and strategic leadership experience to the team. The new directors are Jean Kilheffer Hess, Executive Director of Mennonite Life (formerly the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society); and Manuel (Manny) Nuñez, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the Villanova School of Business.


Mrs. Kilheffer Hess has been the Executive Director of Mennonite Life since 2018 and serves as Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Museums Board. Prior to joining Mennonite Life, she was the Director of Strategic Development at United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz, PA; a Coach, Consultant, and Transitional Executive with Kilheffer Hess Consulting; and the East Coast Financial Development Coordinator at Mennonite Central Committee.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Messiah University in Grantham, PA, after which she completed her Certified Public Accountant credentials, working five years in the industry as a staff auditor.  Additionally, she holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, IN.  Jean and her husband reside in Lancaster, PA.


Mr. Nuñez currently serves as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the Villanova School of Business.  In that role, he oversees the MBA program, specialty master’s programs, and serves as Professor of the Practice in Management & Operations.  Prior to joining Villanova University, he served as the Managing Director, External and Government Affairs for the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), a foreign assistance agency of the United States government.  In that role, he led private sector partnerships, congressional affairs, public affairs, and managed the agency’s relationship with the White House and other key stakeholders.  Earlier in his career, he worked in the healthcare sales and marketing industry, including 16 years with Merck & Co. Inc.  Manny received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA, where he currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Villanova University and has completed additional post-baccalaureate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  Manny and his wife live in suburban Philadelphia.

Goodville Mutual appoints new Chief Operating Officer position to Matt Holden

November 17, 2023

Goodville Mutual Insurance Group, has appointed Matt Holden as its first Chief Operating Officer.  Matt steps into the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer and will lead a team focused on coordinating Goodville Mutual’s Claims, Underwriting, and Product Development activities.

David Gautsche, President & CEO of Goodville Mutual, said, This is a newly developed role which will focus on delivering a positive member experience and ensure we are serving members effectively and efficiently now and for the longer term.” 

Over the past five years, Goodville has grown and expanded significantly.  During that time, the team has more than doubled in size, however, the structure at the senior leadership level has not changed. 

Goodville has always been committed to delivering an exceptional experience for members and agents.  The primary purpose of the Chief Operating Officer is to provide leadership to the member facing functions of the organization, which include Product Development, Underwriting, and Claims – which ultimately is our reason for existence.  Matt brings with him experience in all three disciplines and his role will allow him to focus full time on these critical areas of the business.

Matt most recently served as Vice President of Farmers Fire Insurance in York, PA and brings over 20 years of experience in Claims, Underwriting, and Product Development.  Matt has been active in the Mutual Insurance industry serving as the Chair of the Underwriting Committee for PAMIC as well as a member of the Claims Committee.  In addition, he has taught continuing education classes on a variety of topics.  We are thrilled to have Matt join the Goodville team and look forward to the experience he will bring to this role.