Our Team of People

We currently employ 8 people at Underground Surveying. Below is a list of seven of our employees and some background information on each of them. If anyone would like to join our company, please visit the careers page and submit your resume. We are always looking for hard-working 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 large commercial projects, and Jim shared all of his business knowledge with him. In March 2005, Peter became a founding partner in Underground Surveying. In 2006, he quit his job as a Microbiologist to grow the business. Through lots of hard work and a little bit of luck, Peter 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 $1,200,000 per year. Currently, Peter's roles 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. Once we get a few 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 managed organizations. His personal goals are to finish reading the Great Books of the Western World before he dies and, even more importantly, keep his wife happy.

David Giro

Senior Project 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 good friend Peter Viola get Underground Surveying off the ground. David learned our utility locating and concrete imaging services by working as an apprentice to Peter and another project manager for up to 2 years. In 2009, when our 4th employee 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

Senior 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 them to request him as a partner on long, difficult projects. 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.

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 is currently responsible for 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 the 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/Project Manager/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 Team F field leader, 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 as well.

Craig Tarsi

Project Manager

Unlike most of our other employees, who graduated from New Fairfield High School, Craig graduated from nearby Danbury High School in 2007. Soon after receiving his diploma, he took some courses at Naugatuck Valley Community College but eventually decided to get a full-time job. He spent 5 years in the HVAC field, where he was able to build up a large body of knowledge and grow as an individual. But his personal growth was soon checked by his employer's lack of available opportunities for advancement. It was for this reason he expressed interest in joining our company. After interviewing four different candidates in the early months of 2017, it immediately became clear to us that Craig was the type of self-starting responsible individual we were looking for. So we quickly hired him. After spending the past 7 months training with various project managers, Craig is now managing his own projects, putting him well ahead of our training schedule. His current roles include Team B team leader and survey technician.