2014 Entrepreneur of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year
Barry S. Bryant, RPh, CDM, CFTsBarney’s PharmacyAugusta, GA
Throughout his career as a community pharmacist and business owner, Barry S. Bryant, RPh, has used his vision of patient-centered care to grow a chapter 11 bankrupt pharmacy into a multimillion dollar company.
Bryant became a partner of Barney’s Pharmacy in 1984, when the business appeared to be failing. Thirty years later, he is the sole owner of the original store and the majority owner of 6 additional pharmacy locations throughout the community. The successful company now employs more than 100 individuals.
“Mr. Bryant is a role model to any individual wanting to start or grow a business,” his nomination reads. Bryant credits the success of his pharmacy to the personalized care and the feeling of community it provides.
“Mr. Bryant will constantly give care to patients at no charge, only because he has been blessed and wants to help others. This altruism fosters the rapport that Mr. Bryant has with his patients, developing lifelong relations, but also partnerships in the community with other health care providers,” said his nominator.
In addition to Barney’s Pharmacy, Bryant co-owns the Creative Pharmacist. Along with his partner, he developed the company to provide any pharmacist with the ability to offer diabetes education to patients. The company was established in 2008 and now offers educational programs in 7 countries around the world.
Bryant also serves as an advocate for community pharmacy. In addition to having raised 3 daughters who are all now pharmacists, he currently precepts approximately 20 students annually from 6 colleges of pharmacy across the country.
Bryant has been published in multiple publications, including The New York Times, and has received several honors, including the Augusta Pride and Progress award for 23 years of community service.