Yancy D. Unger, PE, LEED AP

About Yancy

Yancy joined Barton in 2014 and has served as Vice President for over 10 years. He attended The Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering with a focus on Electrical/Lighting.

When asked what he likes the most about the ESOP, Yancy states, “It’s exciting to be part of a group of owners that help shape our vision, and continually better our processes to meet our goals.”

Tell us a little bit about your life at home.

I’ve been married for 25 years to my lovely wife, Jennifer. We have three sons – Braden (21), Caleb (19), and Peyton (15). The older two are students at Penn State University, and the youngest will be a 10th grader. We enjoy spending time together, whether it’s traveling, sports, getting outdoors, hitting the beach, or catching a movie.

What’s your hometown?

Littlestown, PA (just east of Gettysburg)

What was your first job in engineering like?

I started my career in Baltimore working on a number of great projects in the mid-Atlantic area. We had drafting tables, and there were a number of hand-drawn designs that I prepared in my early career. There was a ‘computer cubby’ area with two workstations for four entry-level engineers to share. I recall doing a lot of hand-written calculations.

What was the first job you got a physical paycheck?

I worked with my grandfather who was an electrician and plumber. I would help wire up new homes, installing outlets, switches, baseboard heating, etc. He didn’t trust me to solder any copper piping, so I was mainly a wire-puller and outlet guy.

What does being a part of an ESOP mean to you?

It empowers and strengthens all of us to be present and speak up.

What do you love most about your job?

I’ve always loved the overall collaborative process that it takes from everyone involved in a project from concept to final construction. The best projects are the ones with open lines of communication and a mutual respect between team members.

If I wasn’t an Electrical Engineer, I’d be?

Likely making something (furniture, driftwood art (closer to the beach), or boat building (also closer to a beach).

What’s your favorite sport?

How can you choose just one — college basketball/football, golf, tennis, go Orioles & Nittany Lions!

I’m seldom without?

An opinion or trivia question.

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

It’s an island – would have to be Jimmy Buffett & Jack Johnson.

What’s your hidden talent?

Ping Pong.

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

North Carolina-style pulled pork.

Best book you’ve ever read?

The Complete Collection, Calvin and Hobbes – by Bill Watterson.

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

Choose joy. Life is too short and precious not to.

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