Our Team of People
Our current team is composed of eleven people. Below is a short biography for team member.
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 as a geophysical survey technician for Subsurface Consulting, LTD, as 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 of being an understudy of Jim at Subsurface Consulting, Peter helped him successfully complete a wide variety of challenging commercial projects. In March 2005, after taking Jim's advice, Peter became a founding partner in Underground Surveying, LLC. Through lots of hard work and some 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 over ten people with revenues of approximately 1.5 million per year. Right now, 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; to sum it up, a little bit of everything! Once we get a few more people hired over the next two years, he would like to focus more on coaching people, growing the business to multiple states, and getting back into the field a little more often. His lifelong business goal is to liberate as many people as he can from the tyranny of command and control managed organizations. And his personal goals are to travel around the world, maybe write a book, finish reading the Great Books of the Western World set (before he dies) and, even more importantly, to keep his wife happy.
Senior Project Manager/Technician
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 A field leader, utility locating, concrete imaging, and every so often answering phones, providing quotes, drafting proposals, and scheduling projects.
Senior Project Manager/Technician
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 B leader, utility locating, and concrete imaging.
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 C leader, utility locating, leak detection, and video inspection. He is currently responsible for expanding our leak detection and video inspection services.
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.
Co-founder/Business Development/Project Manager
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 D 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.
Steve joined our company in May 2018. He is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, CT. After high school he became a manager in the retail business, eventually working his way up to an overnight manager at Big Y supermarket. After working in retail for 10 years, he decided a change in career path was necessary. After hearing from our Office Manager, Gail, that we had an opening, he came in for an interview. It didn't take long for us to know Steve was the right man for the job, and thus far we have not been disappointed. He immediately became a loyal sidekick on some of our more difficult multi-day utility locating projects, and now he is running his own crew, Team E. Not only do we love his work ethic, but we also love how his laid back manner fits in perfectly with some of our stronger personalities. Our goal is to have Steve take on larger and larger project as well as train some of our new technicians.
Johnnie joined our company in November 2018. He is a graduate of Wilby High School in Waterbury, CT. During his high school years, he worked with his father building concrete foundations after school. After graduation, he gained even more construction experience by building slabs, walkways, stone patios, masonry walls, and doing asphalt repairs. In fact, prior to joining us, he was managing a crew of asphalt repair technicians. However, a lack of advancement at that job led him to look for employment with us. Luckily for us, Johnnie's Portuguese work ethic and high quality craftsmanship were the exact traits we were looking for in a technician. Already his 10 plus years of construction knowledge and experience has enabled him to become a reliable helper to our experienced team leaders. Not only that, who cannot love a guy who volunteers to clean the garage when there is nothing else to do? Not surprisingly, after only about 6 months training, Johnnie was already running his own crew, Team F.
Billy joined our company in January 2019. At 22 years old, Billy is the youngest full-time employee we have ever hired. Like many of our other employees, he grew up in New Fairfield, CT, and graduated from New Fairfield High School. After graduation, he enrolled in courses at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he began pursuing an associates degree in human services and social work. However, between working approximately 50 hours a week and going to school full time, it soon became too difficult for him to do both very well. After thinking over what to do about this predicament, he made the decision to join the workforce full time, where he took a job as a mechanic and quickly worked his way up to becoming a Certified Subaru Automotive Technician. However, after nearly 5 years in the automotive industry, he decided to make a change and pick up a new trade with a more promising future and room for personal growth. This led him to inquire about an opening we had at our company, where he discovered we were looking for young, hard working individuals who are interested in building a career. Billy is currently training to hopefully one day become our longest tenured employee. In the meantime, our goal is for him to become a proficient technician by end of 2019, and eventually become a team leader by end of 2020 or early 2021.
Chuck joined our company in August 2019, after having been recommended to us by one of our project managers. After graduating from West Haven High School and the Academy of Medical Training in Torrington with a Phlebotomy Certificate, Chuck, like the jack of all trades that he is, worked for many years as an automotive technician, contractor, and tote technician. His interest in working for a company he could settle down and build a career with, caused him to look for work with us. During the interview we were impressed with his demeanor, eclectic work history, and technical gifts, so we hired him not long after it was completed. Right off the bat, Chuck has displayed the traits we look for in a technician, attention to detail and pride in his work. At this moment, he is training under a few of our project managers, with the goal of running his own projects at some point in 2020. As an added benefit to having him on our team, he is now the third employee who lives in the Waterbury area, which now makes it easier for us to perform jobs in the middle and eastern parts of Connecticut and in southern Massachusetts.
Like Chuck, Rich joined our company in August 2019, after having been recommended to us by one of our project managers. A year before this time we had almost hired him, but the deal fell through after he received a significant salary increase at his current workplace. A graduate of Porter and Chester with an electrical degree, before joining our team, Rich was working as a technician testing and repairing security system electrical components . After realizing there was much room for advancement at this employer--and, of course, those all important salary increases--he reapplied for a technician job with us as soon as a position opened up. Since joining our company, it hasn't taken long for Rich to become an important member of our team, helping our project managers out on some of the most challenging multi-day utility locating projects. In addition, after only a half year of training, Rich began to do some of his own utility mark outs on residential and small commercial projects. It won't be long before he is running his own projects on a regular basis. As an ancillary benefit to having him on our team, he is now the employee who lives closest to Hartford, which is where many of our project sites are located. And many of those projects in that area often require same or next day delivery, making his proximity to the city of great benefit to our clients.