Bryan grew up watching his grandfather (Frederico Tiribassi) cook in his Boston bakery and his Auntie Pal (Palemino Femino) make pasta with the same rolling pin her mother brought to the United States from Central Italy. This was clearly the start of his love for food and hospitality. Now you can find Bryan serving his team of over 200 employees as Director of Restaurants at Gaylord Opryland, where he earned the coveted Restaurant General Manager of the Year Award for the State of Tennessee by the American Hotel & Motel Association in 2014. Bryan started his career in hospitality working for the Christian Broadcasting Network at the Founders Inn and Conference Center in VA, Beach, VA, where he met a young grad student and part time server with a love of the stage. That aspiring starlet suspected that she might have caught her boss’s eye when their work schedules, which Bryan was responsible for making, started to coincide. Wedding bells soon followed for Bryan and Catherine and the Segars' production is still going strong after 21 years. Together, this couple is a tour de force of creative culinary and performing arts power, birthing their own dinner theater troupe which now boasts four members: Afton, Bennett, Avonlea, and Weston.
Bryan is tremendously loyal as evidenced by his longstanding tenure with the Founders Inn and now Gaylord Opryland, and his lifelong devotion to the New York Mets. He stuck with his favorite team through the ugly years in the 1990’s and has truly earned the right to enjoy their more recent success. In his spare time, Bryan loves to hike, cook, golf, play softball, and spend time with his family.
What quality/trait do you admire most?
Integrity, brevity, and loyalty
Four words “It’s not my job.”
Most traumatic experience:
Working for Cracker Barrel.
One of your biggest mistakes:
Not heeding the advice of Dave Ramsey earlier in our marriage.
Favourite Vacation Spot:
Major League Umpire
Favourite TV shows, Books or Movies:
TV - Golf, Major League Baseball, and Diners Drive-ins and Dives;
Books - Proverbs and The Gospel of John, “Husbands and Fathers” by Derek Prince, “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” by Dr. Meg Meeker:
Movies - The Natural, Money Ball, The Rookie, Hoosiers, Rudy, and Driving Miss Daisy (NOT…)
Golf, Baseball and hanging with the Fam…
Miles Davis, Eva Cassidy, Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Old Crow Medicine Show, Charles Mingus, Mumford & Sons, Trampled by Turtles and I love old praise and worship.
Hands down my mom’s homemade sauce and meatballs.