(revised 9.7.2023)

AmericanDelusions contains occasional work by Mark Orton.

Mark Orton graduated from The Taft School ‘65 (Watertown, CT) and holds degrees in Russian Language and Literature and Manufacturing Engineering from Lawrence University ‘69 and Wentworth Institute of Technology ‘77 respectively. He has also done graduate work at Cornell University in linguistics and Harvard Extension School in business management.

Mark’s work history includes the following positions: machinist, r&d machinist, mechanical designer, r&d engineer, numerous management positions in manufacturing including plant manager, VP Inside Sales and Custom Engineering, VP Marketing. He also worked for a quasi public consulting firm (New England Supplier Institute) providing lean manufacturing consulting support to manufacturers throughout New England. In 1999 he started a software company, Valuedge, Inc., with a partner, Sherry Gordon. This company was funded by Boeing and later sold. The products continue to be offered by IBM in their suite of ERP tools. In recent years Mark has continued to consult to the owners and CEOs of small companies. For the last five years Mark has been involved with a start up software company in Hudson, NY, UThisMe, llc. (YouThisMe.com) which has morphed into the healthcare-centric UTMHealthcare, llc (UTMHealthcare.com). He is currently the Chief Operating Officer. More about this work here: RiversideBusinessCoach.com.

Since moving to Hudson NY in 2009 Mark has been very involved with the Hudson Area Library.

This is a photo of Mark in 2003 at a 5K road race. You can be sure that he was near the back of the slow pack. 1 MMO Running in 5K race 2003

Below is my 2012 headshot for my time as a Trustee of Hudson Area Library (2009 – 2016 & 2018 to date; President 2011 – 2016 & 2019 to date).

Mark also maintains a personal private website at markorton.com. If you are a friend or family contact Mark for access.


  1. 5/24/2013 – must note that after a tennis injury last summer a trip to an orthopod led to the conclusion that my knees are wearing out. I am now limiting my running to just tennis. Walking and bikes only for aerobics, otherwise. My last 5K was the Ghostly Gallop in 2011.

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