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Susie Baumann

Principal, Bali Hai/Tom HAM’S Lighthouse

Susie Baumann began her career in her family’s restaurant business when she was 12 and stepped in full time after college when her father, Tom Ham, died unexpectedly. Today, Baumann, her husband and their children are continuing the legacy established by her father in the 1950s. The family has entertained generations of diners at its landmark waterfront restaurants Bali Hai on Shelter Island, famous for its tiki temple, and Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island. Baumann has been active in the California Restaurant Association and San Diego Port Tenants Association.

ALMA MATER: University of California, Berkeley

BUCKET LIST: I would love to visit Portugal.

CAR YOU DRIVE: Red Jeep Grand Cherokee


TOUGHEST CHALLENGE: My father, Tom Ham, died at 54. I thought I was all grown up, but I needed him for a few more years.