Norman Fang earned his degree in Ornamental Horticulture from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. As a student, he managed the Raymond Burr Orchid Collection on campus. He received a number of scholarships to study plant tissue culture, eventually studying under the renowned Dr. Murashige at the University of California at Riverside, and Dr. Tanabe at the University of Hawaii. In 1986, he won the First Place Research Paper Award and was named Outstanding Horticulture Student by the American Society for Horticulture Science. In 1987, he started his own highly successful nursery, Norman's Orchids, which has received more than 350 AOS quality awards and 18 AOS Show Trophies. In 1994, the California Junior Chamber of Commerce named Norman their Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Norman is active in a number of organizations that help him continue to develop his skills, as well as teach others about the fine science of orchid propagation. He is a frequent guest speaker at orchid societies and conferences. Norman is an accredited AOS judge with, and the leading commercial-grower donor to, the Pacific South Judging Center. He also endeavors to generously support several other judging centers and societies. He served seven years on the Research and the Education Committees of the AOS.
Norman is a veteran exhibitor at major American shows such as The Fascination of Orchids Show, San Francisco International Orchid Show, Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, New York International Orchid Show, Ft. Lauderdale Orchid Show and Miami International Orchid Show, bringing back new insights to help improve California's Southland Orchid Show, on whose board he served many years. He has traveled and judged in Asia, South Africa, Canada and South America. Norman is AOS Representative for the Taiwan Orchid Growers Association, and has been the AOS Judging Coordinator for the Taiwan International Orchid Show since 1996. He is also one of the founding members of the International Phalaenopsis Association, and is a Life Member of the AOS.
"It's an honor and a privilege to serve the orchid community as an AOS Board member," says Norman. "I hope that my experiences in retail and marketing prove beneficial in bettering our services to the greater AOS membership. We have a wonderful opportunity to reach out and grow the hobby and our membership base, and I believe that we'll be successful in those endeavors."