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About

Get to Know Our Company

Bracy has been a prominent and respected builder in the greater Lehigh Valley for 30 years. Many landmark facilities we encounter today were built by Bracy. These include the Allentown Public Library, the American Bank, St. Joseph’s Center of Learning and numerous facilities at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Lehigh Valley Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital.

 

Today, Bracy has evolved into a premier professional construction services companies, providing construction management, general contracting and design build services to clients in Eastern Pennsylvania. In addition, Bracy utilizes a staff of experienced carpenters and laborers to handle self-perform work and to provide the flexibility needed to satisfy our clients ever changing needs. Over seventy percent of our work is for repeat clients such as Carpenter Company, Lehigh Valley Health Network, PP&L, Sacred Heart Hospital, Diocese of Allentown and Air Products & Chemicals.

 

Our core values revolve around building client trust and satisfaction. We achieve this by viewing each new project as an opportunity to build a long-term client relationship forged by integrity and commitment. We strive to make our clients’ jobs easier and reduce the stress that can come with construction projects. Our employees are the face of our company so we foster a positive and safe work environment that allows them to continuously improve and work to exceed our client’s expectations.

Our History

Meet the Team

Dan Puchyr

Daniel Puchyr

President

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Modeling a strong work ethic and family-based culture, Dan focuses beyond just the physical building structure when taking on his projects. With forty-five years of “hands on” construction experience, 32 years at the helm as CEO/Owner of Bracy, and completion of over $1 billion of construction in Southeast Pennsylvania, Dan is still excited about Bracy’s next project.

Dan believes that putting himself in the owner’s position and understanding their initial project motivations are key to success. Financing, value of construction, schedule, and critical needs are all in the forefront of Dan’s mind as he collaborates with owners. It’s not the profits that should solely motivate every company decision, but rather the satisfaction of welcoming that owner back for a second project and appreciating the value within the community. This philosophy has served Bracy well with over 75% of their construction projects for repeat clients.

Dan is the 3rd CEO who has led Bracy companies over the past seventy years. His 45+ years of experience with the most challenging, diverse projects from negotiation to groundbreaking to that final ribbon cutting should provide owners peace of mind from the first handshake. Additionally, his commitment to family values and community involvement have set the tone for his employees and contribute to an ethical, positive work environment.

Dan is a graduate of Penn State University (A.E.), and Spring Garden College (B.S. Construction Management). He has served on the Advisory Board of Penn State Lehigh Valley, and is currently on the Boards of Holy Family Manor, and Catholic Senior Housing and Health Care Services, Inc.

Matt Puchyr

Matthew Puchyr

Vice President

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Matt joined Bracy in 2010 after spending some time outside of the family business at a leading civil construction firm.  Matt literally grew up in the business, spending his high school and college summers working on Bracy concrete crews, demo crews or filling one of many other needs.  As Vice President, Matt oversees all field operations for the company ensuring our projects maintain schedule and our self-perform crews are operating as efficiently as possible.  Matt has gained expertise in Healthcare, Institutional and Industrial/ Manufacturing sectors during his career and maintains close relationships with those clients.

Matt earned his Civil Engineering degree from Villanova University, where he was a member of the Villanova Rugby Football Club.  During his time at Villanova, Matt also gained relevant and rewarding experience as a member of the Amigos de Jesus Mission trip to Honduras and working as an intern for the London Underground, in London England.

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Joseph Jackson

Vice President

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Joe joined Bracy in early 2014 and brings over 8 years of project management experience from one of the leading construction companies in the US. As Vice President, Joe oversees several projects and performs a wide range of functions, including project management, financial management and business development. Joe emphasizes to the staff that our job here at Bracy is to make our clients jobs easier by providing solutions to the unique, complex problems each project presents and continuously communicating with all stakeholders along the way.

Joe earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.

Mike Slinko

Michael Slinko

Preconstruction Manager

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Mike has been a key member of the Bracy team since 2006.  As Preconstruction Manager, he oversees all bidding, budgeting and purchasing for the company.  Mike has developed expertise in developing conceptual budgets, de-scoping and vetting subcontractor proposals, contract negotiation and value engineering.  Mike has developed strong relationships with the local subcontractor market over the years which proves invaluable to our clients.

Mike is a graduate of Villanova University, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.   In his free time, he enjoys golfing, biking and the outdoors.

Chris Haller

Chris Haller

Sr. Project Manager

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Chris joined Bracy in 2018 as a Senior Project Manager.  With over 33 years of dedicated experience in commercial and educational projects, 14 of those years with one of the top Construction Management Firms in the Lehigh Valley, Chris brings his work ethic of being the Owners advocate to Bracy with a focus of “bring projects in on-time and on-budget while exceeding the client’s expectations.”

Chris is an expert in the implementation of capital projects and managing multi-million, multi-prime projects including the planning, budgeting, design and implementation.

Chris received his B.A. in Business Administration and Management from Albright College and his MBA from DeSales University.

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Matt Freeh

Project Manager

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Matt joined Bracy in 2018 and brings with him over 16 years of project management experience from one of the region’s most well-respected firms.  His background includes projects in the commercial/industrial, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, petrol-chemical and communication sectors.  Matt has sat on the board of multiple leadership committees and as the Chairman of the Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee from 2016 until his term was complete in 2018.  At Bracy, he oversees multiple projects from conception to completion as well as contributing to business development and client relations.

Matt earned his B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Kutztown University as well as accredited courses in Construction Project Management and Conceptual Estimating from Penn State University.

Bob Beattie

Bob Beattie

Project Manager / Safety Director

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Mr. Beattie joined Bracy in 1987.  He is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Canada with a degree in Civil Engineering.  Mr. Beattie worked as a site supervisor and project manager for Bracy for over 20 years, completing over $100M in projects. In 2016, Mr. Beattie transitioned to become the company-wide safety coordinator. Mr. Beattie has successfully completed the OSHA 10-Hour Occupational Safety and Health Training course (10/27/16) as well as the 30-Hour course (1/27/17).

Jim Schunk

James Schunk

Assistant Project Manager

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Jim joined the Bracy team in 2011 as an Assistant Project Manager.  Jim plays the vital role of effectively facilitating communication between the client, architect and subcontractors.  He has contributed his skills in management and estimating on projects such as Allentown School District renovations and Vive Health and Fitness.

Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from James Madison University and is particularly savvy in analyzing financial markets and macroeconomic events.

Andrew Recco

Andrew Recco

Assistant Project Manager

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Andrew joined Bracy in 2016, bringing with him a diverse portfolio of experience in the realm of construction.  During his school years, he worked for an HVAC & Plumbing systems installer and later became an architectural designer in Center City Philadelphia for large clients including Verizon.  After Andrew graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Architecture, he went on to design multi-million dollar residences and restaurants in and around Doylestown.  Looking to broaden his portfolio further, he later became a designer for one of Lehigh Valley’s most prominent commercial architects, working on an array of projects including the Sand’s Casino expansion.  Still pushing to learn and grow, Andrew made his transition to the project management side of construction.  Since joining Bracy, Andrew has successfully managed and assisted with projects ranging in volume from 1 to 22 million dollars.

Outside of the office, Andrew and his wife are avid travelers.  They enjoy exploring the vast landscapes and cultures that this world has to offer.

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Brenna Dunn

Office Manager

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Brenna joined the Bracy team at the beginning of 2018 as an Office Administrator.  She brings with her 10 plus years of experience as an executive assistant in the home building and marketing industries and also branched out into the field as a leasing manager.  She helps manage the accounting, cost control, contracts and administrative functions ensuring day to day business processes run smoothly.  She takes pride in being a team player and cultivating strong working relationships with both Bracy’s clients and subcontractors.

Brenna earned her B.S. in Marketing from West Chester University.  Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter.

Nick Crisp

Nick Crisp

Accountant

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Nick joined the Bracy team in 2008.  As part of the accounting staff, Nick is responsible for a variety of duties that ensure Bracy’s financial operations run smoothly.  His key responsibilities include general ledger, cash management, accounts payable / receivable, & payroll.

Nick earned his B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and received his MBA from DeSales University.  Nick is also an outdoor enthusiast, runner and dodgeball competitor; and a contributing member of the Allentown Art Museum, volunteer and contributing member of the National MS Society.

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Shirley Yeakel

Administrative Assistant

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Shirley joined Bracy over 25 years ago and has played a key role in supporting the office staff and business operations.  At Bracy, Shirley is responsible for assisting project managers with submittals, RFI’s, close-out documents and organizing each of Bracy’s project bidding process and proposal booklets.

Our Community Partners

Bracy has a long history of community involvement and charitable giving.  The aspiration to make positive changes in the communities in which we live and work has become one of Bracy’s core values.  Below are just some of the programs and organizations that Bracy has supported throughout its history.

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