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Eric Gutknecht

ERIC is the co-owner and CEO of Continental Sausage, Inc., manufacturer of premium, small-batch charcuterie products sold under the CharcūtNuvo™ brand name. He oversees all strategic, operational and production activities for the company.

Eric is fiercely driven to ensure that the company is always optimizing its operational efficiencies to be in synch with its short- and long-term growth plans, while maintaining the highest levels of quality around ingredient sourcing, flavor innovation, and manufacturing standards.

 

Eric represents the fourth generation of his family to carry on its tradition of world-class charcuterie artisanship, which began in Switzerland. In addition to completing a charcuterie-making apprenticeship in the Swiss Alps and then in Zurich, Eric graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics from The Colorado College. He then taught economics as a paraprofessional at The Colorado College before joining Deloitte & Touche in Dallas, Texas as a business analyst, where he took a lead role in strategic planning and analytical engagements with the firm’s various high-profile private and public clients.

In 2003, Eric and his wife, Jessica bought the family’s Denver-based manufacturing and retail business from Eric’s parents, setting up the necessary systems and infrastructure for rapid and significant expansion.  Since that ownership transition, Continental Sausage, Inc. has achieved more than a 500% increase in revenues and has won numerous accolades for its manufacturing practices, employment culture, and overall revenue growth. In 2015, Continental Sausage, Inc. was recognized by ColoradoBiz Magazine as Colorado’s “Top Company” in the manufacturing category.

As one of Continental Sausage, Inc,’s core values is “Community Caring,” Eric takes local community support very seriously, especially in the area of child development and education. Among his many philanthropic activities, he sits on the board of Denver Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps underprivileged children graduate high school. In that capacity, Eric set up a program where five cents from every sale of his company’s 12 oz. sausages sold at Whole Food Markets gets donated to Denver Kids, Inc. Eric also commits time and resources to other national and local area charitable organizations and charter schools and is a member of the Adams County Economic Development Business Alliance.

A USA Triathlon All American and Ironman World Championship Qualifier, Eric is driven, both personally and professionally, by an innate competitive nature and desire to test his physical and mental endurance.