Chris grew up in St. Nazianz, Wisconsin, and attended the Valders School District until departing for the US Army 12 days after graduating High School. He spent 4 years in the regular Army training and working as a Russian Language Interrogator before returning to Wisconsin in 1990.
Chris earned his BA in International Relations/Slavic Studies and International Business at UW Madison while serving in the US Army Reserves. Upon graduation, Chris worked for the WI Department of Agriculture, International Agri-Business Center helping Wisconsin Agri-Businesses export products around the world. From 1998 to 2019 Chris worked at Red Arrow International and for his last 11 years there he was the Managing Director in charge of business development and management of 17 people based here in Wisconsin and in 5 countries across the globe.
After traveling well over 3 million miles to more than 45 countries, Chris decided that for both his family and himself, his father’s offer to join the family business at Dennis Gutman Agency was a perfect fit for the next chapter of his life. He officially resigned from Red Arrow and three months later, after completing a reorganization of the international division, left Red Arrow for the insurance world.
“I am so excited to be able to use my extensive business management, sales, and marketing experience to grow an already incredibly successful business and help local businesses with their risk management and asset protection needs. It is important for all of us here at Gutman Insurance to provide long-term, high-quality, excellent service and advice to our friends in the community.”
On January 1, 2022, Chris purchased the Dennis Gutman Insurance Agency from his father Dennis, and is excited to continue growing the family business in this wonderful community.
Chris married his current Co-worker Krista in 1991 and has two awesome children, Sydney and Joshua who are both active in business and their communities. Chris belongs to numerous organizations in the community and enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and sports.