Michael Gurtler

Managing Partner & Senior Consultant, Safe-Wise Consulting


Mike is a founding member and the managing partner of Safe-Wise Consulting. He has been a leader in working with youth and organizations for over 35 years. He began his career as a music educator but soon moved into nonprofit youth work. His youth work career included resident camping, aquatics, 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 (YMCA Services Corp.) 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 later help to found Safe-Wise Consulting in 2007. 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 Safe-Wise 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, local and national Boy Scout programs and as a firearms and hunter safety instructor. He is an avid outdoorsman and is usually in the woods or on the water in his free time.

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