General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> January 7, 2002

Mark Cummins – Harleysville Group Inc

MARK R. CUMMINS is Chief Investment Officer and Lead Equity Manager at Harleysville Group Inc. In addition, as Executive Vice President and Treasurer, he is responsible for the treasury, investor relations and Harleysville Asset Management L.P. Mr. Cummins joined the firm in 1992 after 10 years at Selective Insurance. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Susquehanna University in 1978 and an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1984. He became a CPA in 1980 and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1987 and the Certified Cash Manager (CCM) designation in 1990. In addition, he completed the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School's AICPCU ' Advanced Executive Education Program in 1999. Under Mr. Cummins' direction, The Money Manager Review ranked Harleysville as its #1 manager of U.S. Equity Large-Cap Blend for five-year returns ending December 31, 2000 and September 30, 2000. Harleysville has also been ranked by Nelson's as #1 on the list of The World's Best Money Managers in the category of U.S. Large-Cap Growth & Value Equity for the three- year periods ending December 31, 1997, March 31 1998, June 30, 1998, September 30, 1998 and December 31, 1998. Harleysville was ranked the #1 manager in the same category for the five-year returns ending December 31, 1998. Mr. Cummins has appeared live several times on CNBC's Taking Stock segment of Street Signs. He also has appeared in other CNBC segments such as The Edge, Squawk Box, This Morning's Business and Sease on Stocks. In addition, Mr. Cummins has been featured in several financial publications. He has been a featured speaker at NAMIC's 105th Annual Convention, Pittsburgh 1-Day, NALL's Annual Investment Conference and at The Investment Management Institutes ' Management of Insurance Assets Conference. At the National Association of Independent Insurers Executive Roundtable Seminar Mr. Cummins served as a facilitator of a roundtable titled Investing Planning. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Harleysville Savings Bank as a member and former Chairman of the Financial Management Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, and on the Investment Committee of the National Association of Independent Insurers. He also has served as a Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Selective Federal Credit Union and on the membership committee of the Association of Publicly Traded Companies. Mr. Cummins community activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the North Penn United Way, as well as the Chairman for the 2001 campaign. He also serves as Director and Treasurer for the Foundation for the North Penn United Way. In addition, he chairs Harleysville's Charitable Contributions Committee. Mr. Cummins was the former Secretary and an Executive Committee Member of the Souderton Area International Student Exchange Council. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants Association of Insurance and Financial Analysts, Association for Financial Professionals, Association for Investment Management and Research, New York Society of Security Analysts, Insurance Investment Officers Group, National Investor Relations Institute, Financial Executives Institute, and the National Association of Corporate Treasurers. Profile
TWST: Tell us about Harleysville Asset Management and your

responsibilities there.

Mr. Cummins: Harleysville Asset Management is owned by Harleysville

Group, a publicly traded insurance