Suzanne Pride BryanBack to The Pride Family
Suzanne Pride Bryan remembers trips to the wine country as a child with her brother Steve and their parents, Jim and Carolyn Pride. “We would climb into the back of Dad’s two-seat sports car and spend weekends driving from the Sacramento Valley to the Napa Valley. Fun for our wine-collecting parents, not so much fun for a couple of little kids!”
Suzanne graduated from the U C Berkeley and worked in management in San Francisco’s Financial District for 10 years before entering the other Pride family business, Pride Institute (the renowned dental practice management organization, sold to its employees in 2005). “Dad always wanted me to work for the family firm, but insisted I work at another company first,” she says. “It was so great to work with Dad; he was a phenomenal business person. To be able to help with Pride Institute while he and Mom started Pride Mountain Vineyards meant a lot to me. Those were years of hard work and sacrifices, but doing it for our family made it worthwhile.”
Suzanne is married to Stuart Bryan, himself in the business of wine sales for over 20 years. Stuart was instrumental in getting Pride Mountain wines distributed on a national basis in the early years of the winery, and Stuart continues to serve as National Sales Manager today. Together, Suzanne and Stuart, who live in nearby Sonoma County, have two daughters, Elizabeth at the University of Oregon and Kathryn at the University of Montana.
Suzanne and her brother Steve co-own Pride Mountain Vineyards, with Steve in the role of General Manager. “It is fantastic to be second-generation owners and carry-forward our parents’ vision. We are so blessed with the amazing fruit that grows on our mountain top and the talented team of people who make our winery and our wines so special,” says Suzanne.