Robert A. Sells, PE, CSI

About Robert

Bob joined Barton in 1987 and since has served for over 36 years as a Senior Project Manager at our York Office. He attended The Pennsylvania State University where he received his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering.

“It means that we all have ownership in the company, but also each and every project that we work on. We are part of the client satisfaction experience.” Stated Bob when asked what being part of an ESOP means to him.

Tell us a little about your family/home life.

With the kids grown and out of the house, my wife and I enjoy going to see local live music and traveling for concerts and wine/bourbon tasting.

What’s your hometown?

Palmyra, PA.

Where did you go to college?

Penn State – Architectural Engineering.

What was your first job in engineering like?

I spent the summer between my 4th and 5th years working for PennDOT’s Architectural Division. That summer I researched and wrote their first asbestos abatement spec and put together scope documents for about a half-dozen mechanical room abatement projects.

What was the first job you got a physical paycheck?

Delivering newspapers for the Lebanon Daily News.

How long have you been with Barton?

36 years.

What do you like most about the ESOP?

I like the information sharing and activities that the subcommittees put together to enhance our engagement and getting to know each other more.

What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy engaging with clients to help them identify their program needs and solving the problems it takes to get there.

If I wasn’t an Engineer, I’d be?

Career firefighter/officer.

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

College football.

I’m seldom without?

My cell phone.

When I’m not at work I’m doing……

Volunteering for firefighting and instructing at the York County Fire School.

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What’s on your “stranded on a desert island” playlist?

On an island, it’s gotta be Jimmy Buffet, but I also need my fix of Chuck Mangione and other jazz artists.

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

Top Gun (and now Maverick for some variety).

What’s your hidden talent?

I used to play trumpet.

What’s on your bucket list?

Own an antique fire engine street rod.

When I go to a cookout, I hope there’s __ to eat.

Grilled Lebanon bologna.

What’s your favorite holiday and why?

Fourth of July to celebrate our great country’s Independence.

Have you ever met your idol or someone famous? If so, who?

I met Dale Earnhardt at a fan club meeting in the early 80’s.

Best book you’ve ever read?

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie.

What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve ever been given?

How about a quote that read and keep on my bulletin board:
“A day that I haven’t learned something new, had a new thought, or changed my way of thinking is not a very good day.”

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