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Team Member Spotlight: Don Bara, PLS

Feb 26, 2021

Don Bara, PLS

Director of Survey


Donald Bara grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA, and before getting into surveying he tried mechanical engineering. After learning it wasn’t for him, he worked for a family friend who was a surveyor and fell in love with it right away, eventually obtaining his surveying degree from Penn State Lehman. Don loves surveying because of the opportunity to work outside, the history of it, and problem solving. Upon graduation Don worked for a mid-level engineering firm in the Lehigh Valley until 2009 when the recession caused him to take a voluntary lay off. He then worked for his father-in-law in Dallas, PA. After four years, he knew it was time to get back to his true calling; this led him to JHA Companies in 2014. Don quickly worked his way up to Project Manager and in January of 2020, he earned his Professional Land Surveyor license in Pennsylvania. Don is currently working toward licensure in Ohio and West Virginia. Don recently moved back to his hometown in Western Pennsylvania. He will be assisting our St. Clairsville Office staff, helping JHA to better serve our clients in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.

Outside of work, Don loves spending time with his family. He has been married to his wife Lindee for seven years, but they have been together for 14 years total. He has two stepchildren, and three grandchildren. Don is a huge history buff. If he is not watching the History Channel or learning something new about NEPA Railroads, you can often find him and Lindee taking day trips to go antiquing. If they are not doing that, they are probably sitting on their front porch spending time with their grandchildren.



 

What is your name?

Don Bara


 

What would your perfect workday include?

Doing an ALTA title report review and plotting easements.


 

What is your favorite place in the whole world?

My backyard.


 

What Core Value of JHA most resonates with you, and why?

A team serving clients. Without the clients we couldn’t be a team. I also like one of Joe’s mantras: “We work to live, not live to work.”


 

What is your favorite possession?

Family heirlooms


 

What is guaranteed to make you laugh?

Videos of people falling on the ice (when it’s not me!)


 

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Getting my Pennsylvania Professional Land Surveyor’s license (January of 2020)

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