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Darrell E. Bryan

Darrell's Story

Darrell E. Bryan died September 7, 2019 at Swedish Medical Center after a 4.5 year battle with multiple myeloma. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the nurses at the Swedish First Hill Oncology unit and the Polyclinic Infusion center. Darrell was fortunate to have received the outstanding care and compassion of his oncologist, Dr. Henry Li, whose care sets a standard that the best of us will never achieve.

Darrell was born in Long Beach, CA in 1948. Growing up he lived throughout the US and Canada attending 27 schools. He developed the ability to adapt and succeed in many environments. Darrell was a strong, self-made man, both professionally and personally. Even in the last days of his life, he refused to give up. He was not done living, and he still had plans with his wife of 48 years and their two sons.

Professional Career

Darrell Bryan was known as a subject matter expert in the marine and travel and tourism industry, and after leading the Victoria Clipper to the height of its success in his 30-year career with them, he was highly sought after as an industry consultant. Most recently, Darrell also sat on the Board of Visit Seattle and on the Board of Un-Cruise Adventures.

In 2017, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners and Kitsap Transit contacted Darrell to assist with the the start up of building fast ferries and a team to operate passenger-only ferry service between Bremerton and Seattle, as well as between Kingston and Seattle. 

In 2016, after 15 years serving on the Board of Interferry, the worldwide voice of the ferry industry, Darrell was appointed their CEO. 

Darrell Bryan began as one of two employees in 1985 as the General Manager in the start-up of Clipper Navigation, Inc. (a/k/a Victoria Clipper, Clipper Vacations). He went on to lead the company as its President and CEO for nearly 30 years. Victoria Clipper started as a passenger-only ferry operator providing service between Victoria and Seattle, expanding seasonal service to the San Juan Islands. Darrell grew the company into Clipper Vacations, a full service international travel business providing tour and hotel package sales and special destination excursions in the Pacific Northwest. For the company to continue to thrive, Darrell was heavily involved in regional, national and international regulatory issues that affected the tourism and maritime industries.

No other company had been able to operate ferry service to Canada without government subsidy, and the Clipper has served more than eight million customers since its inception in 1986.

In 2014, Darrell was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to a two-year term on the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. The Board serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the U.S. travel and tourism industry, providing advice that helps the government prioritize policies that will contribute to growth, including enhanced visa issuance, investment in transportation infrastructure, and research for decision-making.

Darrell earned a B.A. in 1971 in History from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and an M.B.A. in 1978 from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. He also completed an Executive Development Program in 1984 at Darden School at the University of Virginia.

International Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Interferry
  • Board of Directors, Tourism Victoria
  • Canadian Tourism Commission, U.S. Advisory Board for Leisure Travel
  • President, Interferry (formerly International Marine Transit Association)
  • President, Victoria Transportation Association 

Federal/National Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Committee
  • Member, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Airport and Seaport User Fee Advisory Committee
  • Chair, Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) Insurance Committee
  • Member, Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC)
  • President, Passenger Vessel Association (PVA)
  • Delegate, White House Conference on Travel and Tourism

Regional Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Un-Cruise Adventures
  • President, Seattle Historic Waterfront Association
  • Board of Directors, Visit Seattle (formerly Seattle King County Convention & Visitors Bureau)
  • Pike Place Market Foundation Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors, Washington Tourism Alliance
  • Chair, Washington State Ferry Expert Review Panel
  • Washington State Dept. of Licensing Dept. Enhanced ID Working Group
  • Board of Directors, Marine Transportation Association of Kitsap County
  • Co-Founder BESTT Coalition (Business for Economic Security, Tourism & Trade)
  • Member, Puget Sound Harbor Safety and Security Committee
  • Chair, Seattle Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Washington State Legislative Joint Task Force on Ferries
  • Co-chair, Puget Sound Passenger Ferry Coalition Steering Committee
  • President of Board of Governors, The Propeller Club of the United States
  • Board of Directors, Association of Washington Business

Professional Recognition

  • Puget Sound Maritime Achievement Award (2016)
  • Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray Proclamation in Recognition of Darrell Bryan (July 9, 2015)
  • Tourism Industry Association of Canada Bulldog Award
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Business Person of the Year Award
  • Tourism Victoria’s Miracle Award
  • State Tourism Person of the Year Award (Marlene Jones Award)


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