Jonathan B. Slagel, PE, LEED AP

About Jon

Jon joined Barton in 1994 and has 28 years of experience as a project manager and mechanical engineer. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. He now serves as Vice President overseeing the daily activities of the York office, manages projects, and serves as the primary contact for clients. He also is responsible for establishing new business relationships for further growth.

“There are so many things to like about the ESOP. If I have to pick one, I would say it is the level of engagement that I see across the entire staff, knowing that their work matters and makes a difference,” said Jon when asked what he most likes about the ESOP.

Tell us a little bit about your life at home.

My wife, Amy, and I have two children, both adopted. The oldest is starting college in Philadelphia in the Fall so we have changes abound. Beyond that, I sometimes feel that we live in a zoo. We have two dogs (Golden Retriever and Newfoundland), three cats, a crested gecko and 3 fish. If only we could charge admission…

What was your first your job in engineering like?

Barton was my first (and only) engineering job. I found out quickly that I knew very little about consulting engineering. Fortunately, I was surrounded by solid engineers and leaders who took the time to teach me the value and personal reward of being a professional engineer. The biggest lesson I have learned is that you never stop learning.

What was the first job you got a physical pay check?

Student Painters.

Now that Barton is an ESOP what does being part of an ESOP mean to you?

Being part of an ESOP means that everyone on our team is an owner and can directly impact the success of the firm.

How does the ESOP impact you the most?

Seeing the annual valuation statements that shows our ESOP value growing year over year provides a sense of pride and accomplishment.

What do you love most about your job?

Simply put, people. I thoroughly enjoy interacting with our team as well as external owners and clients. I have met so many interesting people and learned a lot of what has made me successful at what I do through my interactions with others and learning from their experiences and perspectives.

When I’m not at work I’m doing……

Anything outdoors but I particularly enjoy hiking and kayaking.

What’s your favorite sport (professional, college, or other)?

College Basketball (what else would a Blue Devil say?).

What’s the one movie you can watch over and over again?

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

I’m seldom without?

A good (digital) book.

What’s your hidden talent?

Juggling (well, sort of).

What’s on your bucket list?

Visit the Alaskan wilderness.

What’s on your “Stranded on desert island” Playlist?

Pearl Jam, Nirvana, etc.

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