Bryan grew up on a corn and soybean farm in central Illinois. As a result, Bryan developed a passion for agriculture which continued as he pursued a career in engineering. Bryan earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and then worked for ADM for over 8 years in various engineering and management positions. Bryan now farms with his brother-in-law in southern Illinois where they farm about 2500 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat. Bryan also owns and operates a small engineering consulting firm that focuses primarily on product development and reliability.