Juan Felipe Posada
I was born in 1943 in Medellin, Colombia, where I have lived all my life. I have been married for 45 years and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. For my early education I studied at The Columbus School, where I learned the English language even better than I did the native Spanish. I remained at this school for almost all of high school except for the last two years which were spent at a Colombian school. I attended the Universidad Nacional here in Medellin where I graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1966 and began a career with a construction company as engineer in charge of a hotel building. In 1967 I came to work for 'Estra', a plastic injection company, first, as assistant to the president. I stayed with Estra for over forty years serving in a number of positions including financial, sales and administrative advisor, before becoming president of the company, a position that I held for the last 25 years before retiring.

I started growing orchids at the age of 18 and have never stopped. Today, with my mother Ligia Posada, I own the nursery Colomborquideas with an inventory of some 45.000 plants. We specialize in cool growing Andean genera: Masdevallia, Dracula, other Pleurothallids, Odontoglossum, Miltoniopsis and many others. We also have a Cymbidium cut flower operation. I have been hybdridizing orchids for many years, especially within the Odontoglossum alliance.

I joined our local orchid society here in Medellin more than 46 years ago, the Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia. During this time I have been a director and President of the society on different occasions. At this time I am President of this society, chairman of the show and last but not least Certified Judge in our Colombian Judging System. Our Orchid Society actually has 260 members, is a very dynamic group, with monthly meetings where we normaly display 250 extraordinary plants that members bring for judging and showing. Also a lecture takes place to complete the meeting. But without doubt the greatest event organized by the society is the annual show: Orquideas, Pajaros y Flores (Orchids, Birds and Flowers). This event brings around 1000.000 persons every year during the 4 or even 5 days that the show remains open. Many AOS judges and members have attended this event. In addition to the the Medellin show I attend other shows in Colombia and a few international events. I also actively participated in the organizing team of the 1972 WOC held here in Medellin.

Now retired from the plastic business I am devoted to my orchid nursery, Colomborquideas, where I spend much of the time. I Hope that this brief story let those whom I have not met in the past know a little more of me.