Collins Orton, California regional sales manager for TT Technologies and one of the most recognizable figures in the trenchless technology industry, recently announced his retirement. Orton has been involved with the water, wastewater and gas industries in various roles and capacities since 1969. Working with trenchless technology for much of his career, Orton’s commitment to the industry is well documented and recognized. collins orton

Chris Brahler, President/CEO of TT Technologies reflected on Orton’s influence. “The trenchless industry will definitely miss Collins Orton,” Brahler said. “He has done so much to promote the industry and has put in effort above and beyond for trenchless education, trenchless safety and trenchless contractors and engineers. So, obviously at TT Technologies we are sad to see him go. We wish him all the best. Our next generation of team members will be working hard to fill that hole.”

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Over the years, Orton has maintained active memberships in numerous organizations including NASTT, the American Water Works Association (AWWA), of which Orton is a Life Member; the Water Environment Federation (WEF); the California Water Environment Association (CWEA); and the Northern California Pipe Users Group (PUG). A frequent contributor to industry presentations and educational sessions, Orton is respected for his knowledge and expertise, as well as his dedication to trenchless technology and his continuous efforts to grow the industry.

Orton said plans to continue to work with the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) as a trainer and committee member. He also plans to working as a consultant in the industry, through his firm Trenchless Solutions.

Previously employed by Miller Pipeline Corp., U.S. Pipe and Smith-Blair, Orton is a lifetime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. He plans to remain active in the trenchless industry in an educational role, while enjoying time with his grandchildren and achieving his goal of skiing 100 days or more in 2016.