Ron McHatton, PhD -- AOS TrusteeRon McHatton
was bit by the orchid bug more than 40 years ago, and the passion only increases with each passing year."A wise man once said that no pleasure lasts long unless there is variety in it," says Ron
."That sage must have been talking about orchids!
...An Accredited Judge, Ron is very active in the judging program, having served as the Training Coordinator in the Northeast Center, and Vice-Chair and Training Coordinator in the Atlanta Center.
A relatively new Central Florida resident, he's
already become active in the Orlando Center
.Additionally, Ron has served as the President of the Orchid Digest Corporation, and is currently that organization's Immediate Past President.He is a Life Member of two orchid societies - the Southern Tier Orchid Society and the Atlanta Orchid Society.
Ron's other plant interests include Amorphophallus and their relatives, and his
orchid focus is primarily in species. though "if it's new and different, it's fascinating and therefore tempting!"Professionally, Ron holds a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University, and put in a couple decades of R&D work in the printed circuit-board industry.He now is employed by Worldwide Orchids, one of the 10 largest orchid wholesalers in the nation, as the company's Director of Horticulture.
"I am very excited about the potential reach and grasp of the AOS
," says Ron