The Gowrie Leadership Team

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Carter Gowrie

Carter Gowrie, Chairman & CEO
Carter is the founding partner of Gowrie Group, a leading independent insurance agency which has been advising clients in New England and beyond since 1974. He is also the architect of the highly successful “Burgee Program,” Gowrie’s specialty insurance program for yacht clubs. Carter is a lifelong boater and internationally accomplished sailboat racer. He is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY and an active member of US Sailing. He resides with his wife and five children in Old Saybrook, CT. You can reach Carter in the office at 860.399.3611 or

Ed Gumbrecht

Ed Gumbrecht, President & COO
Ed joined Gowrie in 2003 after an 18-year career with insurers Aetna C&S and Chubb Corp where he managed diverse business functions such as Administration, Human Resources, Marketing and Distribution and Claim and Loss. He was the President of Mount View Indemnity a Bermudan captive reinsurance company. Later he founded GCS which provided business consulting services to many of the largest insurance companies in the world. He resides in Madison, CT, with his wife and two daughters. You can reach Ed in the office at 860.399.3616 or

John Fisher

John Fisher, President & Principal, Personal Insurance
John, the founder of Fisher and Fisher Associates of Darien, CT – which merged with Gowrie in 2007 – has 25 years of property casualty, risk management, and personal risk advisory insurance experience at the corporate, agency, and individual levels. A lifelong boater, sailor, and ocean racer, John resides with his wife and three children in Darien. You can reach John in the office at 860.399.2841 or

Skip Young

Skip Young, President & Principal, Benefits
Skip began his insurance career at Paul Revere, where he managed the CT operations for many years before starting Gowrie's employee benefit’s division. Skip is a competitive sailor and international racer; Skip sails his J105 from Duck Island Marina in Westbrook, CT. Skip and his family reside in Guilford, CT.

You can reach Skip in the office at 860.399.3660 or

Brad Preston

Brad Preston, Senior Vice President & Principal
Brad, a founder of VFIS of Southern New England   which merged with Gowrie in 2012, has more than 20 years insurance and risk management experience, in the U.S. and Asia. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island and served in the U.S. Army Special Forces. His practice includes municipalities, nonprofits, and other select clients throughout New England. You can reach Brad in the office at 860.399.2860 or

Chris Brodeur

Chris Brodeur, Senior Vice President & Principal
Chris began his insurance career with the Hartford Insurance Company and later became a partner at a large Waterford CT based insurance agency. In the fall of 2009, Chris joined Gowrie Group and was named a partner in 2013. With nearly three decades of experience in the insurance industry, he works with companies of all types on managing risk and creating custom insurance programs. Chris is active in the local community and serves on several boards. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Business with a major in Risk & Insurance. He lives in Glastonbury, CT with his wife and four children. You can reach Chris in the office at 860.399.2829 or

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