Management Team

Terry Trove – President

Terry Trove first experienced the California lifestyle in 2003 while working as a journeyman lineman for National Conductor on a job in the Golden State. He saw the need for a West Coast-based company specializing in substation construction and maintenance and, as a result, established TTR Substations.

As founder and President, Terry’s goal has always been to provide clients with the very best substation construction management, construction methods, construction personnel and, above all else, a safe work environment. From the day he opened the business, he has focused on creating a work environment that encourages and rewards employees for excellence in those key areas. For Terry, it’s about the client, their needs and their expectations — yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Under his leadership, TTR Substations has been recognized in the industry for its excellence and commitment to meeting clients’ needs.

Joe Orth – VP Construction Services

Joe Orth came to TTR Substations in fall of 2014 with 28 years of construction experience. Prior to joining TTR, he worked for PG&E for 17 years, moving up through the ranks to achieve various positions.

As Vice President of Construction Services for TTR, Joe provides leadership, vision and direction for multiple aspects of construction services, including overseeing project estimators, contracts, field operations and overall customer satisfaction. He is responsible for helping TTR Substations achieve financial goals and objectives, while increasing operating performance and developing short and long-term strategic plans and pursuits.

As a member of the senior management team, Joe participates in all aspects of managing the company, including business development and planning, budget forecasting, capital investments, corporate policies and solving internal or external issues as they arise. Joe attended the University of Phoenix, where he studied business administration, management and operations.

Aaron Jens – VP Business Operations

Aaron Jens joined TTR Substations in early 2016 following a 14 year career with PG&E in which he held several management positions within the Electric Transmission division.

Most recently, Aaron served in the Transmission Business Operations as a Department Manager and was responsible for leading the utility’s Transmission Contract Management organization. With his extensive experience in electric utility business and contract management, Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge to TTR focused on strategic business management, metrics, measures, and initiatives to drive operational efficiencies.

Aaron is responsible for TTR Substation’s substation construction management, project cost estimation, data architecture and analysis, fleet management, work and resource management.

Cathy Orth – Safety Director

Cathy had owned and operated her own safety consulting company for 25 years. When presented with the TTR Substations opportunity, she was eager to take on the challenge. Her enthusiasm, sense of humor, ability to connect with the field personnel and can do attitude made her a perfect fit for the Safety Director position.

Cathy’s responsibilities include supporting health and safety policies and procedures in the field and at the TTR warehouse. Cathy’s responsibilities include evaluating and creating site specific safety plans during construction activities, performing job site audits and maintaining communication with third party inspectors and customers. In addition, Cathy is responsible for coordinating all OSHA training programs, implementing a Safety Excellence Program and evaluating best practices.

Cathy will respond to all incidents, perform root cause analysis, track and recognize trends with behavior based observations. Cathy holds instructor level safety certificates in Trainer for Medic First Aid Courses, OSHA Compliant Trainer and OSHA Train the Trainer. Cathy graduated from University of California, Davis with a degree in Animal Science/Agricultural Education.

Ansel Smith – Controller

Ansel Smith joined TTR Substations in 2015, bringing 29 years of accounting and financial experience to his new position as Controller.

Over the course of his career, Ansel has held various managerial positions in public accounting, internal auditing and corporate accounting. As Controller, Ansel leads the accounting and finance functions. He and his team are responsible for financial reporting, budgets and forecasts, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, cash management, capital accounting, tax compliance and IT support.

Ansel and his team strive to deliver superior customer service to both internal and external customers. Ansel is a Certified Public Accountant and holds two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelors in General Studies from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelors of Business Administration from University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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