Philip Gutterman has spent most of his life in the funeral business. As a boy, he often went to the funeral chapel with his father, Stewart. After college and a few years trying to break into the world of professional golf, Phil joined the family business, the fourth generation of the family to provide funeral home services to Jewish families in New York. He’s now been a Licensed funeral director for more than a quarter of a century.
Phil went into the funeral business because of a desire to help families in times of loss and grief. He’s strongly committed to building relationships with mourners, and believes that relationships are built on service. His dedication, and the dedication of everyone at Gutterman’s, often results in multi-generational relationships with extended families.
Phil attributes much of his success to the principles he learned from his father—
- Listen to learn the needs of your customers
- Treat everyone the same way you would want to be treated
- Never say no—try to find a way to accommodate people’s needs
- You don’t work for individuals—you work with families
- Service doesn’t end at the funeral home
In his work, Phil is a strong advocate for pre-planning. He understands the stress and anxiety that can accompany the loss of a loved one, as well as the peace of mind that comes with having everything in order at the time of passing. Phil regularly hosts and leads seminars to inform the public about pre-planning, as well as elder care.
Phil commits a significant amount of time and effort to charitable causes, including Next Generations, an organization that works with children of Holocaust survivors. He also works with a number of Jewish burial societies.
An avid golfer, Phil has played some of the great courses in the world, including Pebble Beach and St. Andrews. He’s won 30 amateur golf trophies, including 21 club championships at a number of different clubs. He’s proud of his classic car collection, which includes a restored ’68 Mustang and a 1981 Corvette. He also enjoys going into New York City for Broadway shows and movies.
Phil is happily married with stepchildren and grandchildren.
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