Matthew is an electrical engineer who graduated from Messiah University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Business.
Matthew’s engineering career began at Barton Associates over 8 years ago. When asked about what he likes most about working for an ESOP company he states, “I like being able to play a part in helping to build the company, and what we build together, we also share as part of our employee benefits.”
Tell us a little bit about your life at home.
Just a single guy living the dream in the capital city of the Keystone State. I have been a Big Brother in the York/Adams county affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters for over four years, where I have also have been serving on the Board as of January 2021. I also organize our church’s Special Needs ministry where I teach monthly Sunday School classes and organize our annual community event for the Special Needs community (hosting over 50 guests with special needs and their families). I enjoy spending time with friends and family and my regular 3-mile runs through Harrisburg City.
What is your hometown?
I was born in Bethlehem PA (home of Peeps and Mike and Ike’s) and grew up there and in Hatfield, PA (home of Hatfield bacon and K’Nex).
What was the first job you got paid to do?
I started out working for our family business, an Electrical Contractor in Southeast PA, which provided some relevant experience to my work at Barton.
What was your first job in engineering like?
My first full time engineering job was hands down the best job I’ve ever had. And I’m still here!
Now that Barton is an ESOP what does being part of an ESOP mean to you?
Being part of an ESOP means ownership. I feel greater ownership in my work, greater ownership in the community of coworkers, and ultimately get to own company stock!
If I wasn’t an Engineer, I’d be?
Gluing corrugation on cardboard boxes.
What’s on your “stranded on a desert island” playlist?
Katy Perry, Karen Carpenter, Pentatonix, and Taylor.
Favorite pizza topping?
What’s the one movie you can watch over and over again?
It’s a Wonderful Life. George Bailey is my hero – and so is Jimmy Stewart.
What’s on your bucket list?
Publish my memoir.