Making Wine Tasting Fun and Better

“We make things better, and then we have fun,” Bryan Otis says. A second later he modestly amended it to, “We try to make things better, but we definitely have fun.” That’s a theme that has ran deep in the Otis family endeavors. They have roots in Bellevue going back to Bryan’s grandparents, Jack and Mary Jane Powell. Jack moved to Bellevue in the 1950s, after serving in the Philippines during WWII. His daughter, Diane, went to school at Enatai Elementary and Bellevue High School, and then attended the University of Washington where she met Cliff Otis. Bryan, their oldest son, was born in Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. Bryan, and the Otis family, have been involved in several businesses. Two outstanding ones are: Intand and Mathews Winery. Bryan is CEO of Intand, a tech company that provides calendar and scheduling support to approximately 1800 schools. His role at Mathews Winery is a little different. “I tend to be the guy who has a lot of ideas,” Bryan says. “But at this point I know that I tend to sputter out after the ideas are finished and need somebody to pick up the ball and run with those crazy ideas.” ...