Chris Kutz is a budding entrepreneur, CEO and founder of Kutz Enterprises Inc, is a holding company headquartered in Columbus OH, United States.
Early projects included raising poultry (meat chickens, turkeys & laying hens), growing farm, fresh produce (sweet corn) that was sold to friends, family and the local markets and a landscape company that was built and later sold in Northwest Columbus Ohio.
Kutz was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the son of construction manager turned Mark Kutz, and his wife Rebecca (Hostetler) Kutz. Kutz grew up in Weyers Cave, Virginia, for the first seven years of his life until the family relocated to central Ohio where his mother grew up on a dairy farm. Once in Ohio, he would spend a few years at St. Paul Lutheran School and later attend Fairbanks High School where he would later graduate. During his time in school, Kutz was extremely active in, football, powerlifting and wrestling, the National FFA Organization and National 4-H Organization.
While an active member of 4-H, Kutz earned Grand Champion and several Reserve Grand Champion prizes at the Union County Fair for his poultry projects. In addition, while an active member in FFA, he received his American Degree, the National FFA Gold Award in Landscape Management & Entrepreneurship, as well earned State Runner Up for an FFA Proficiency in grain production.
Kutz continued his education at the The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, where he is a graduate brother of Alpha Gamma Rho (“AΓP”) fraternity, honorary member of Alpha Zeta Partners (“AZP”) fraternity, and earned an agribusiness & applied economics degree in December 2015 from the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences.
His first year in college, Kutz received a scholarship to attend a leaders conference, Agriculture Futures of America, where he was able to deeply strengthen his leadership skills, meet Warren Buffet and connect with other college and professional leaders throughout the country four years consecutively.
Last, he was able to spend he traveled to Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil on a semester long study abroad program through AZP. Each year twenty students are selected for the program and engage in a total of four leadership programs throughout the first year in the organization. One of the four seminars included the trip to Brazil during spring semester.
Fast forward a few years and trucking enabled me to pay for my last year in college, save up money post graduation and then work on a startup for two years. When things didn’t go as planned three years later due to miscalculations, poor judgement and lack of the right focus, I found myself back trucking to pay the bills and build a stronger foundation.
” When we lose everything, rock bottom is the perfect place to start fresh.”
– Chris Kutz
None of this was predicted, but the business shift turned to be the best right turn ever. After jumping back into a truck, I found myself in control of my finances again, traveling the country and falling in love with a young lady I met out on the road. Had it not been for my setback, career change and willingness to take a few leaps of faith, I would not be here today.
Now that I have taken care of myself and am building the foundation for my family, it’s time to do the same for 100s of others ready to build a strong career or strengthen their investments.