Our Team

Jeremy Greer, Chief Operating Officer

Jeremy Greer

Chief Executive Officer


All employees have PG&E Operator Qualifications

Jeremy Greer, CEO

  • Years in HDD: 4
  • Experience: Pre-bore planning and design, Mud Mixer, Utility Locating, Hydro Vac
  • Certifications:
    • Class A Driver
    • NABCEP #091308-61
    • CA Journeyman certified E135973G, IAEI
    • Butt Fusion, Saddle Fusion, Socket Fusion & Electrofusion Pipe Fusion
    • PG&E OQ: Pipe in Bore, Install and Backfill Pipe in Trench (Plastic/Steel), Damage Prevention, Tracer Wire

Michelle LaRondelle, Controller

Sam Epperson, Superintendent/Drill Operator

  • Years in HDD: 4
  • Experience: Drill Operator, Mud Mixer, Utility Locating, Hydro-Vac
  • Certifications:
    • Class A Driver
    • Butt Fusion, Saddle Fusion, Socket Fusion & Electrofusion Pipe Fusion
    • PG&E OQ: Pipe in Bore, Install and Backfill Pipe in Trench (Plastic/Steel), Damage Prevention, Tracer Wire

Chris Lopez, Foreman/Locator

  • Years in HDD: 4
  • Experience: Walk over tracker (guidance), Mud Mixer, Utility Locating, Hydro-Vac
  • Certifications:
    • Class A Driver
    • Butt Fusion, Saddle Fusion, Socket Fusion & Electrofusion Pipe Fusion
    • PG&E OQ: Pipe in Bore, Install and Backfill Pipe in Trench (Plastic/Steel), Damage Prevention, Tracer Wire

Nick Kershow, Locator

  • Years in HDD: 3
  • Experience: Walk over tracker (guidance), Mud Mixer, Utility Locating, Hydro-Vac
  • Certifications:
    • Class A Driver
    • PG&E OQ: Pipe in Bore, Install and Backfill Pipe in Trench

Cody Turnbull, Drill Operator

  • Years in HDD: 3
  • Experience: Drill Operator, Mud Mixer, Hydro-Vac
  • Certifications:
    • PG&E OQ: Pipe in Bore, Install and Backfill Pipe in Trench (Plastic/Steel), Damage Prevention, Tracer Wire

Roberto Cuevas, Mud Mixer/HydroVac Operator

  • Years in HDD: 3
  • Experience: Mud Mixer, Hydro-Vac
  • Certifications:
    • Class A Driver
    • PG&E OQ: Pipe in Bore, Install and Backfill Pipe in Trench (Plastic/Steel), Damage Prevention, Tracer Wire

After spending many years in the electrical industry with a focus on photovoltaic solar installations Jeremy Greer established Westcoast Solar Energy with his partner Nate Gulbransen back in 2009. Westcoast offers customers quality solar installations as well as turn-key electrical services including panel upgrades, battery systems, and generator installations. As the solar company grew to become a well-known and trusted name in the Northern California solar industry Jeremy began to see a high demand for directional drilling and as well as a lack of turn-key underground utility contractors. Rather than face long waits and faulty equipment, he opted to invest in both equipment and talent to form Empire HDD. Empire Earthworks was created to not only offer additional options to Westcoast Solar customers but to grow to serve general contractors as well as private and government customers throughout the state.

The Gold Shovel Standard certification is awarded to professional drilling companies exhibiting an exceptional dig-in safety performance at a significantly higher level than is typically required. Our certified technicians can save you time and money by locating and marking underground utilities to avoid potential excavation problems.

Our company hired experience and then went on to purchase state-of-the-art drilling equipment to meet the needs of projects for WSE. The drill team was introduced to several large builders organizations and promoted throughout the western US with great success. A unique benefit to Empire customers is the multi-faceted skillset of our employees. Many of our superintendents and crew members have a background in electrical as well as photovoltaic solar so they are able to provide services well beyond the direction drilling scope.

We offer the best alternative to traditional trenching; go under, not through!

What makes Empire HDD different is the business philosophy we bring to every project. Our management requires daily checks on projects and constant contact with our clients. In addition we recognize that every project and every client can be different. Our model fits whatever the needs are, from shoot-and-pull to complete project design and management.

Horizontal Directional Drilling jobs are available in the North Bay. If you'd like to learn more about training to use one of these awesome directional drilling machines, view our job listings here.