Carlos Fighetti has been growing orchids for almost three decades. He specializes in Phalaenopsis and paphiopedilums and has received more than 75 American Orchid Society awards. He is vice-president of the AOS and chair of its Historical and Library Committee as well as an accredited AOS judge. He has also served as president of the Greater New York Orchid Society and was the founding president of the International Phalaenopsis Alliance. He has written several articles for Orchids magazine and lectured at the World Orchid Congress.