Staff Spotlight: Steve Yingst

We would like to be thought of as more of a member of your family, and not just a company.  In order to build a strong relationship with our clients, we want to share more personal information about our owner, Steve Yingst.   Read below to learn a little more about him.

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  1.  What is your role at Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc?

Owner and President/Treasurer


      2.  How long have you worked at Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc?

30 years


      3.  What is your favorite thing about working at Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc?

Challenges and ability to use my Engineering knowledge to solve problems for others.


      4.  What has been your favorite project while at Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc?

Crawling under a Modular Retirement Center in a 3’ high crawl space on a mechanics creeper with a co-worker. We were both cruddy and had to take showers, but we got the job done. Had to buy the creepers the night before at Sears.


      5.  What is your proudest moment at Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc?

Being able to make 30 years and provide uninterrupted paychecks and benefits to employees, even now.


      6.  Explain your company in one sentence.

We solve building problems.


      7.  What do you do for fun outside of work?

Enjoy nature, especially water areas.


      8.  Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere with a beach or a big lake.


      9.  If given the chance, who would you be for a day?

President of the USA as long as I could sign Executive Orders and eliminate a bunch of the burdens on the “American People”.


      10.  What is one thing you recommend someone does/visits when they come to the area?

Plan for 2 weeks –

  • 5 days in Gettysburg – really understand what happened there and the sacrifices
  • 4 days in Lancaster area, especially the east side (Amish area)
  • 5 days in the Hershey area – wrap up with some fun. Of course get a multi-day pass for the park (get a discount one at Giant), visit the Hershey museum and understand how a man went bankrupt several times and built an entire town, enjoy the open country with a drive, fish if you want, bike, and take a day at the Spa (Hotel Hershey is very nice, but pricy).


      11.  What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?


Trustworthy/Always helps others

Creative/Unpredictable but finds the right answer


      12.  What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

As a teenager (started working at 10) I was running a local gas station and major repair garage on the weekends. One night the police called me at about 11pm and said Steve, we need you to tow a car out of the Turkey Hill. I said OK, but you mean at the TH, he said no, inside. When I got there a poor young girl was learning to drive, parked out front with her dad and hit the gas in forward not reverse. Launched up over the curb and through the storefront window. No on hurt, but a cool story.

I must add a second. It is Christmas Eve, I am still a teenager. A fellow classmate and owners’ son from High School and I were closing the garage and I am supposed to be at home for a family gift exchange. Roads are a sheet of ice and my home is 2 blocks away. We get a call as we close up – car slid off the road about 8 miles away. I said I’ll go with you, he said OK you drive, so I did. We got near the site of the car and the tow truck decided to go sideways – through a one lane bridge. With GOD’s help I got it through with no damage, and we took the car back to the shop, I got home late and it was not appreciated. But I got it done!

I could go on, but you asked for 1.


      13.  Any random fact about yourself you want to share with us?

Don’t know why I am alive; I think GOD has a purpose for me. I should have been dead at birth, but my Mom took that bullet for me and died from Toxemia. Today she’d probably be alive. Thank GOD for the sacrifices my grandparents made for me.


      14.  Tell us 3 things most people don’t know about you.

I say a prayer every morning and night.

I constantly learn.

I want a dog.


      15.  What is your favorite quote?

There is nothing permanent but change.


      16.  If you could witness an event past, present, or future, what would it be, and why?

2055 – I’d be 100


      17.  Do you have a secret talent?

Not so secret but I am a survivor.


      18.  What do you miss the most about being a kid?

Freedom and ability to chart your course.


      19.  What was your favorite TV show growing up?

Don’t know I have one. TV is usually a waste of time. As a kid, probably the westerns, although my Grandma loved Lawrence Welk on Sundays. And our German Shepard would lay across her lap – don’t touch – he was a great dog.


      20.  Do you volunteer anywhere?

Yes – neighbors, church, people stuck on the road, various charities. I believe volunteer/stewardship are a similar word.


      21.  If you could be on any TV game show, which one would it be and why?

Tough one. If just me, it be the Gong Show, just for the halibut. With my wife and her brain plus mine, it would be Jeopardy. But really not interested.


      22.  What was the last thing you heard or saw which made you laugh out loud?

This questionnaire – but it made me think and I appreciate that. I try to laugh at least 10 times a day. One person sees the glass half empty and one half full. I am the half full (and how do we fill it) guy.


      23.  What’s the one piece of advice you would give others about life?

Enjoy the ride, have fun and follow your passion.


      24.  Name one item from your bucket list.

I think my bucket is fine, but maybe seeing Hawaii and Alaska would be nice.


      25.  If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?

Just to be happy and healthy.


      26.  Do you have a motto or personal mantra?

We can do this.


      27.  What was the last book you read?

Probably a tech book, but I read the important stuff and not the fluff. I don’t read novels. The last hard copy I read was probably The One Thing or one of Glenn Beck’s.


      28.  Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity? Who?

Tom Cruise


      29.  What is your biggest pet peeve?

Not sure I have one.


      30.  What person in your life has had the greatest influence on the person you have become?