Ted Held is one of the newer IAS members, having joined only two years ago after participating in the Aroid-l discussions for a few months. He
readily admits that he is unfamiliar with many of the typical aroids kept by members, but has over 25 years of experience growing and flowering
the aroid genus Cryptocoryne. His favorite parts about being in the society are learning from the specialist members, hearing of successes and
setbacks from ordinary growers, and the free-flowing sharing of information by everyone. He is dedicated to the promulgation of our accumulated
knowledge and the joy of growing aroids. As his day job he is a chemist with 35 years of service in industry. He lives in Michigan, near Detroit.