Mike Gurtler, President
Mike founded Acadia Risk Services in 2019 with a focus on helping the people, organizations and communities manage their risks effectively. He has been a leader in working with youth and organizations for over 30 years. He began his career as a music educator but soon moved into nonprofit youth work. His youth work career included resident camping, aquatic, child care, day camp and several administrative positions before becoming a YMCA CEO. After a successful term as CEO, Mike moved to YMCA of the USA as a safety & risk management consultant; later becoming the Director of Risk Management providing strategic risk management direction for the organization and working closely with YMCAs throughout the country. Mike was a founding member of Safe-Wise Consulting; a premier provider of risk management support for organizations throughout the US.
Mike has been instrumental in developing risk management resources and publications around child abuse prevention, aquatic safety, camping, child care, workplace safety, transportation and staff training for the last 20 years. Mike is an experienced and insightful trainer who is regularly called upon to provide highly-rated workshops at local organizations as well as regional and national conferences. Mike brings his career experience to his risk management efforts providing the knowledge and understanding that allows Acadia Risk Services to be both practical and insightful as it strengthens the safety practices of organizations.
Mike resides in Bar Harbor, ME with his wife and son. He actively participates in the Congregational Church, Town Government, Boy Scouts and other local efforts. He is an avid outdoorsman; enjoying camping, canoeing, fishing, sea-kayaking and outdoor/indoor sports such as golf and basketball. He also enjoys volunteering as a firearms and hunter safety instructor.
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