Vineyard Design and Consulting

2931 Solano Avenue
Napa, California 94558
Info@PPIEngineering.com
Phone (707) 253-1806
Fax (707) 253-1604

About Us

Jim – El Gran Jefe


James R. Bushey, PE, has been the owner and Principal Engineer of PPI Engineering since 1994 when he purchased the Napa office of Provost & Pritchard, Inc.  Jim managed both the technical and administrative functions of the Napa office beginning in February of 1990.


With over 35 years of engineering experience, Jim’s responsibilities have included managing all phases of storm drainage, water supply, erosion control and subsurface drainage projects, from planning and surveying through design, permitting and construction.  He has completed projects in a variety of environments but vineyard engineering has been his primary focus for the past 27 years.


Since 1990 Jim has completed the design and construction staking and review of over 200 drainage systems and 150 erosion control systems on more than 250 different vineyard properties.  He has designed systems on all types of geographic terrain in a variety of climatic regions.  In addition, Jim has completed the design and construction staking and review of over 15 reservoirs.  He has designed numerous landslide repairs ranging from small slips a few hundred square feet in size to a massive failure covering 20 acres.  Jim has extensive experience in many types of survey work, including topographic surveys, control surveys and construction surveys.  He also has experience in hydrologic analysis and stream mechanics utilizing both precise field techniques and state-of-the-art computer programs.  As the regulatory requirements on vineyards have evolved and broadened over the past several decades, Jim has become intimately involved in the permitting process at the local, state and federal levels for a variety of projects.


Based on his experience and success in the design of Erosion Control Plans in Napa County, Jim was selected as a pre-qualified consultant authorized to prepare Erosion Control Plans for vineyard replant projects with no technical review by the County of Napa under the Track II process.  Jim is the only Engineer to be on Napa County’s pre-approved list of Track II Plan Preparers continuously since its inception in 1994 and has prepared over 125 ECPs covering over 4,000 acres under the Track II process.  He has supervised the preparation of ECPs on over 10,000 total acres in Napa County and an additional 10,000-plus acres throughout California.


Jim began his career with the Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service), where he acquired a solid foundation with incorporating conservation measures in engineering practices.  Jim is a Registered Civil Engineer in California (RCE 49931) and a Registered Agricultural Engineer in California (#488).


Jim’s personal involvement with each project on which PPI provides engineering has resulted in PPI’s ability to offer outstanding service to all its clients.


Contact Jim at JBushey@PPIEngineering.com

Rachel – The Bossy One


Rachel LeRoy has been the Vice President of PPI Engineering and Jim’s business partner since 2016, previously serving as PPI’s Project Manager for five years.  Rachel started with PPI in 2004 as an Engineering Technician, and her duties have evolved through Planner, Lead Planner and Project Manager.  Rachel currently works behind-the-scenes on specific projects for the company.


Rachel received her BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and worked for a Soil & Water Conservation District in Virginia and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California’s Central Valley before joining PPI.


Contact Rachel at RLeRoy@PPIEngineering.com


Matt – The Steadfast Mastermind


Matt joined PPI Engineering as an Engineer In Training in 2011, and his duties have evolved from Staff Engineer to Project Engineer.  Matt received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2010.  Matt earned his Professional Civil Engineer license (PE) in 2015 and leads the engineering staff. Matt is a Registered Civil Engineer in California (RCE 84114).



Annalee – The Spirited Organizer


Annalee joined PPI Engineering as Project Manager in 2016, and works tirelessly to keep all projects and staff on track.  Annalee is a wiz with CEQA and all things permitting.  Annalee received her BS in Environmental Resource Sciences from the University of California, Davis.  She has 5 years of experience with vineyard permitting, project management, and CEQA compliance.


Cody – The Quiet Thinker


Cody joined PPI Engineering as an Engineer In Training in 2013 and his duties have evolved to Staff Engineer.  Cody received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2012.  Cody earned his Professional Civil Engineer license (PE) in 2017 and is a Registered Civil Engineer in California (RCE 87380).  Cody works diligently on engineering design, modeling and construction projects.



Jennifer – The GIS Goddess


Jennifer joined PPI Engineering as Administrative Support in 2011 and has evolved to GIS Goddess and Engineering Technician.  Jennifer works speedily on a variety of tasks and is an expert at making beautiful and informative maps.  She is the only one in the office who says Go Dodgers but she's so good we forgive her for that lapse of judgement.

Austin – The Enthusiastic EIT


Austin joined PPI Engineering as an Engineer In Training after receiving a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2017.  Austin oversees topographic surveys and construction staking, as well as assists with drafting, design, and hydrologic and hydraulic analyses.