Joe Bryan began working at the Beachcomber in 1980, shortly after the Beachcomber opened. He followed in the path of his father, James Bryan, who founded the facility in 1976 and whose career spanned decades of leadership in the field of alcoholism and addiction treatment. Jim began making changes at the Beachcomber as plans for retirement dawned. It was then his son, Joe expressed interest in management. With a degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University, Joe was ready for the health care career that followed. He began as our Outreach Director and Community Spokesman, Joe learned the importance of a “homelike atmosphere.” He noted how residents responded positively to the program and felt ready to share his knowledge with a broad range of referral agencies.
By 1992, Joe advanced to Program Director with Jim Bryan available for consultation, and in 2005 Joe became the Executive Director. Joe also has had numerous positions in the recovery community beginning as treasurer for the local chapter of South Florida Employee Assistant Program in 2001-’02, he also held numerous positions at the Employee Assistant Program of Florida including acting President for 2007 – 09 and President for 2009 – 2011. Joe was also awarded the Clinician of the year Award in 2011 for Palm Beach County bestowed by Bob Bozzone, Executive Director of CARP (Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Programs).