Our Team of People

We currently employ eight people at Underground Surveying. Because we share profits with all of our team members, we don't believe the term 'employee' accurately describes their role. Thus, we prefer to use the term 'partner' instead. Below is a list of our 8 partners and some background information on each one of them. If anyone would like to join our company, please visit the careers page and submit your resume. We are always looking for good people who are interested in joining our team.

Peter Viola

Co-founder/CEO

Peter graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. In 2002, he began working for Subsurface Consulting, LTD as a geophysical survey technician. During this time, he became an apprentice to certified professional geologist Dr. James S. Mellett, CPG, aka Jim, an early pioneer in the geophysical surveying and mapping service industry. In his four years at Subsurface Consulting, Peter helped Jim successfully complete a wide variety of projects. Also during this time, Jim shared with Peter some of the business knowledge he had obtained during his 20 plus years in the industry. In March 2005, Peter became a founding member of Underground Surveying. In 2006, he decided to quit his job as a Microbiologist and work on the business full-time. Through lots of hard work and a little bit of luck, he was able to grow the company from a one man operation with revenue of less than $50,000 per year, to a company of eight people with revenues of 1 million dollars per year. Peter's roles currently include business development, answering phones, providing quotes, drafting proposals, scheduling projects, and occasionally helping out as a field technician on utility locating and concrete imaging projects. If we get some more people hired over the next two years, he would like to focus more on coaching people, developing the business, and getting back into the field more often with our crews. His lifelong business goal is to liberate as many people as he can from the tyranny of command and control corporations; and his personal goals are to finish reading the Great Books of the Western World before he dies and, even more importantly, to make his wife happy.

Jay Bendler

Senior Project Manager/CFO

Jay graduated from New Fairfield High School in 1993 and soon after spent years as a manager at Home Depot. After leaving Home Depot in 2002, he began working for Subsurface Consulting as a geophysical survey technician, where he also trained under Dr. James S. Mellett, CPG. In 2006, after Dr. Mellett decided to slow down the pace of his business and transition toward retirement, Jay joined Underground Surveying as its first partner. Without Jay the company would not be where it is today. During our early days, he was instrumental in organizing most of our systems and processes. Jay's roles currently include business development, financial management, Team A field leader, utility locating, concrete imaging, leak detection, video inspection, and occasionally answering phones, providing quotes, drafting proposals, and scheduling projects. Over the next few years, he and Pete Giro are both currently working on expanding our leak detection and video inspection services. We have yet to find something Jay is incapable of doing (except maybe creating a sub-client in QuickBooks).

David Giro

Senior Project Manager/Safety Manager

David graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration (JLA) and a Minor in History. Upon graduating in 2007, he eschewed becoming a corrections officer to help his friend Peter Viola get this company off the ground. David learned our utility locating and concrete imaging services by working as an apprentice to both Peter and Jay for up to 2 years. In 2009, when our 4th partner was hired, he began running his own projects and training new technicians. Over the past two years, he and Mike Gulla have worked together as our primary team for large projects. His current roles include Safety Manager, Team C field leader, utility locating, concrete imaging, and every so often answering phones, providing quotes, drafting proposals, and scheduling projects.

Mike Gulla

Project Manager

Mike joined us back in March 2012, bringing with him many years of experience in the construction industry. His meticulous work style was something many of our team leaders immediately took a liking to, causing many of them to request him as a partner. After about 2 years, he was paired with Dave Giro. In just a short amount of time, their chemistry led to them becoming the primary team for large projects. You can always find Mike out on any given day working feverishly until every single last utility has been marked out, grinding himself into the ground in the process. Mike's current roles include Team C assistant, Team D leader, utility locating, and concrete imaging.

Matt Gantert

Project Manager

Matt joined us soon after Mike, back in April 2012, immediately infusing some much needed youth into our aging company. Like Peter, Jay, and Dave, he is also a graduate of New Fairfield High School. Soon after graduating, he spent about a year in college taking intro courses for a degree in Sports Management. Discovering that he was not quite ready to pursue to the degree to completion, he instead decided to work for a little while to get some real-world experience. Since then Matt has become one of our most reliable Project Managers, enabling him to run utility locating projects of any size and scope. Not only that, he has recently recommenced his pursuit of a college degree. His current roles are Team B leader, Team E assistant, utility locating, and concrete imaging.

Pete Giro

Project Manager

Pete joined us in September 2012, with the purpose of helping us expand our leak detection and video inspection services. He has almost 10 years experience as a plumber, having worked in North Carolina for both Drains Plus and Schwartz Plumbing. During this time he did service plumbing, fit-ups, installation, and repairs. More importantly for us, he also gained a lot of experience doing video inspections, searching for problems in pipes before doing repairs or cleaning them to correct the issue. His current responsibilities include Team E leader, utility locating, leak detection, and video inspection. He and Jay are both currently working on expanding our leak detection and video inspection services.

Gail Patterson

Office Manager

Gail joined us in October 2013 to help us with our office and paperwork responsibilities. She has over 20 years of administrative experience, dating back to her days as a Personnel Administrative Specialist (Human Resources Assistant)in the United States Army. During this time she worked for Watson Pharmaceuticals (now Actavis), MannKind Corp., Boehringer Ingelheim, and Verus Financial. Peter met her while working at Watson. He was immediately impressed by her no BS attitude and her ability to get things done quickly and efficiently, oftentimes steam rolling through any imposition in her way. After hunting her down on LinkedIn in late October 2013, Gail joined the company only 3 days later. It didn't take long before she was answering phones, scheduling projects, obtaining COIs, invoicing, doing collections, and taking no prisoners.

Kamal Abdulrazak

Co-founder/Survey Tech/Business Development

Kamal graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Arts in Biological and Environmental Sciences. Upon graduating in 2000, he started working as a pharmaceutical microbiologist. During his tenure as a microbiologist, as scheduling allowed, he also worked for Subsurface Consulting, LTD with Peter, where he was first introduced to utility locating. Kamal continued his career as a scientist over the next 16 years. In 2016, he left his position in the Medical Device industry to rejoin the Underground Surveying team. After working in the corporate world, Underground Surveying represented an opportunity to be part of a team that more closely aligns with his values, with an emphasis on service, quality, and people. His current roles include survey technician and business development. Once he is retrained on our new equipment and is proficient in performing all our services, he is going to help us build a reliable hiring system, create a standardized training program, develop a system for reviewing and improving individual and team performance, and work on any other aspects of the business in need of improvement. More importantly, once we open up additional regional office locations, he will be responsible for leading and coaching these teams.