Richard I. Koval, PE, LEED AP

About Richard

Richard serves as Director of Electrical Engineering at our State College office and has over 24 years of expertise in electrical systems design and analysis. He earned a Bachelor’s of Architectural Engineering from Penn State University.

When asked what he likes most about the ESOP, he states, “I like that it gives everyone the opportunity to be a leader by serving the needs of the company. It’s a very practical application of the Servant Leader Model, which is superior in most ways to a more traditional top-down leadership structure.”

What’s your hometown?

I was born and raised in Johnstown, PA, the Flood City.

What was the first job you got paid to do?

Summer of 1993, I worked at my church’s summer camp in Mercer, PA for four weeks on the maintenance crew. I was one of four guys and we worked from dawn to dusk mowing the grass, hauling trash, mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms, moving tables, washing windows, and whatever else needed to be done.

What was your first job in engineering like?

It was like being a very small cog in a very large machine.

What do you love most about your job?

The work environment is flexible and somewhat relaxed, and everyone works well together because of that.

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

It means that everyone has skin in the game and everyone has a direct impact on our success as a company.

If I wasn’t an Engineer, I’d be?

A Master Builder for LEGO (although that’s kind of a designer too).

What’s your favorite sport?

Hockey – professional or amateur.

I’m seldom without?

A snappy comeback.

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

Grumpy Old Men.

What’s on your bucket list?

A Scotch whisky distillery tour of the magical island of Islay.

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