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Precious Timber is a Central American agricultural company specializing in the managed growth of valuable hardwoods and coconuts for local and worldwide export markets. We follow strict reforestation practices that not only save and protect endangered flora and fauna, but also the wildlife and habitat they support. We offer a triple bottom line opportunity for clients and generate a measurable, beneficial social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. The Company focuses on plantations in Central America with high biological growth rates, such as Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua. We create jobs, help with better housing, educate children, enhance local forests, and create new wildlife corridors for endangered species. We do this in partnership with our clients and embrace the opportunity to work together to make positive, meaningful change.

Our Focus

Eyes that look are common, but eyes that see are rare. We measure success not by how impressive our marketing materials or campaigns may look, but in the tangible, positive financial results we achieve for our clients, and meaningful impact we make in people’s lives and the environment. By placing our focus on the end result, and not the acquisition of another client transaction, we consistently challenge ourselves to outperform. Much of the developed economies of the world are currently under tremendous financial stress, while much of the developing countries are facing humanitarian and environmental pressure. Our private owner tropical timberland and coconut program, provides investors with geographically favorable places to grow and protect their money, while impacting social and environmental needs.

We believe that the next twenty to forty years could easily become some of the most devastating decades to personal wealth. Our concentration and focus for wealth accumulation and protection, is centered upon the basic necessity we each must have to survive. Working with us means clients can achieve low-risk, high-returns financially, while at the same time making positive impact on local developing communities.



“People, Planet, and Profit

Precious Timber’s core principal of People, Planet, and Profit play a vital role when looking at our success blueprint. In everything we do, our goal is to maximize client profits while minimizing risk, and maximizing social and environmental initiatives too. We believe a healthy portfolio is a balanced and diversified portfolio – whether you’re growing hardwoods, managing institutional funds, or designing and overseeing a family wealth plan. Avoiding volatility and risk are never easy, but positioning money where it can grow safely, over medium to long periods of time, has been a top priority for accredited investors. History has shown tropical timberland offers a level of safety combined with above average returns and make it one of the best foundational assets for any portfolio.

The long-term outlook for global tropical timber consumption is astonishing, and timberland owners are thereby protected by the predicted world population growth. Global forests are under increased pressure and the solution, all be it a minor one when taken into complete perspective, is the planting of new, sustainable reforestation projects in locations that can grow the commodity in reduced time periods.

With each tree we plant, our private owner clients help create long-term jobs and new sustainable communities, new forests that absorb carbon dioxide and assist in climate change, and expand tropical wildlife corridors in some of the most important regions of the world.

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What We Do...

Precious Timber is a Central American purveyor of nature’s finest sustainable products. We grow valuable local hardwoods and coconuts for both corporate and client financial goals. We pride ourselves on the personalized attention given to each client in tailor-building ownership opportunities for institutional, corporate, and private investors.

Owning tropical timberland as part of a diversified investment plan has historically produced higher than average rates of returns with less exposure to risk. Commercial coconut production provides a long-term cash-flow for many decades, and the added environmental and social benefits produced helps ownership in this space to promote good will for future generations.

Clients of Precious Timber enjoy the the satisfaction of being able to participate in the alternative agricultural space which historically has provided access to above average returns but without the risk elements notably associated with the world’s traditional indices. The NCREIF’s Timberland Index has shown that over the past 30 to 40 years, timber returns have produced safe, mid-teen returns while during the same period stock, bond, and traditional real estate profits have been offset by multiple market crashes and severe losses.

Our client’s receive only premium grade seedlings planted in the same manner we plant for ourselves, and we employ the use of industry best standards for growing and harvesting the timber and coconuts we produce. Our ongoing care and management services oversee the whole process for private owners from start to finish.

The newly planted sustainable hardwood forests we create are planted with our three core principles as the primary focus. ‘People, Planet, and Profit.’ The hardwoods being grown are planted on a for profit basis to support timber economics, but we’re also focused on achieving two other important goals. The first is creating good jobs that last, and the second is supporting sustainable local communities so that we can leave the planet in a healthier state than how we found it.

The tree species we plant and grow were selected in part due to their highly sought-after and valuable lumber source across the globe. However, the decision wasn’t only a financial one; it was important to grow trees that added environmental advantages as well. To ensure both are successfully carried out, our professional foresters live on our plantations thereby regularly monitoring each critical aspect.

Due to the tropical location and volcanic soil conditions of our plantations, the growing cycle for the valuable hardwood species we grow is dramatically reduced. For example; local Pacific mahogany trees can grow to harvestable sizes in as little as 12-15 years. All our coconuts are grown under strict organic conditions and each client owned, fee-simple timberland property receives GPS coordinates, a surveyed and registered plot map, and is recorded in the owner’s name or their preferred business entity.

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Meet The Team

Meet the dedicated and professional team who navigate and chart Precious Timber.

Alex Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Alex Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Precious Timber, S.A. Alex is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company’s long-term strategy with a view to adding value to our private owner clients. His strategic vision for the Company focuses on three fundamental pillars: people, planet, and profit.  He is also responsible for farmland acquisitions, direct client accounts, strategic marketing, and locating short-term and long term timber and coconut contracts.
Email Alex at: awilson@precioustimber.com

Ken Ross

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Ken Ross is Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities are the strategic oversight and planning of the company’s reforestation projects, sustainable forest management, field operations ranging from logging, site preparation, wood species, harvesting, road maintenance, and plantation personnel. Ken is a volunteer warden for the U.S. Embassy in San Juan del Sur and has built strong relationships with many of the country’s most prominent businessmen and officials. Having lived full-time in Nicaragua for over a decade, Ken understands local business and how to get things done ethically and efficiently.
Email Ken at: kross@precioustimber.com

Hugo Rodriguez

Director of Employee Operations

Hugo Rodriguez is Director of employee affairs and field relations officer. His responsibilities include the training and managing of the plantation crews, the oversight of land preparation, equipment and supplies, as well as the firms local liaison throughout the region. Hugo had been a trusted employee of Ken and Alex’s for more than a dozen years before the two partners welcomed him as co-owner of Precious Timber. His kind demeanor, never say no attitude, and dedication to solving problems are just some of the qualities Hugo encompasses. He is a great role-model to our plantation crew members.

 

Kevin Bird

Client Liaison
& Investor Compliance Manager

With a 15 year history of customer support and sales force management at the U.S.’s largest California Closet home improvement franchise, Kevin is well suited for his role. Acting as the direct resource for our clients he responds accurately and promptly to all client questions about their relationship with the company. He guides clients smoothly through the contract process, coordinates both guests and direct-owner plantation visits, and provides clients with an efficient way of finding answers to their questions.
Email Kevin at: kbird@precioustimber.com

Jose Ruiz

Director of Plantation Operations

Jose Ruiz is in charge of all new plantation and strategic planning. Jose has more than thirty years of agriculture industry experience managing large-scale projects throughout the region. He is the President of AFORESUR (Association of Foresters San Juan del Sur). Jose and his two sons, Raul and Henry have planted millions of hardwood trees across the country over the past 20+ years. The partnership with Precious Timber encompasses a large scale, fully integrated plan, from the nursery growing of saplings through to the production of several lumber related products via our local saw mill.  

Raul Ruiz

Plantation Operations

Raul is responsible for the direction of reforestation on new plantations. He oversees lead personnel at each new plantation and manages the day to day implementation of planting during the five months of planting season. Together with his brother Henry, Raul also manages the Precious Timber/Boca de la Montana saw mill. He designs furniture, plans and manages construction projects, and oversees the harvesting and processing of mature trees.   

 

Henry Ruiz

Plantation Operations

Henry is responsible for the plantation's Forestry Traceability System, which manages the plan layout of new forests. Henry has been a key figure in the reforestation of large properties with the focus on Teak, Mahogany, Oak, and Pochote. Henry is a perfectionist. He likes continuity and order within forests and plans each location with special attention to the natural terrain of the property. Accessibility logistics and efficient harvesting play a big part in the way he maps outs every new plantation. Henry believes that a forest should not only be as productive as possible for lumber, but also a place that promotes harmony for wildlife and visitors.  

Leslie Coe Morgan

Director of Coconut Plantation Planning

Leslie Coe Morgan has managed the small coconut farm owned by his family since 1998.  He is the only coconut farmer certified to produce MAYPAN Coconut Hybrids seeds in all of Central America. Leslie joined the Precious Timber team in January 2013 after assisting the company in their research and development of a large scale coconut operation. Leslie’s professional background in industrial engineering will be invaluable as he helps the company build a fully integrated coconut processing plant in the years to come.

Sergio Corrales

Legal Consul

Sr. Corrales graduated from Central America University in 2001. He was named Leading Lawyer for Real Estate practice in Nicaragua - Chambers Global, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014. From 2002 to 2013 he served as Partner at Garcia & Bodan. Currently, Sergio is the Managing partner at E. Castillo Advisors in Managua. Board member (Secretary) of the Association of Nicaraguan Investors and Developers (ANID).

J.J. Conway

Executive Assistant to CEO

J.J.’s passion is learning and teaching, and his extensive experience as a personal coach and public speaker to a number of global companies has earned him good friends and connections across the globe. His role at Precious Timber as Executive Assistant to the CEO, includes the organization of guest and client visits to our farms, preliminary program Q&A’s with prospective private owner clients, and execution strategies for corporate growth.
Email J.J. at: Jjconway@precioustimber.com

Phyllis Smith

Business Development

Phyllis is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of real estate, sales and securities experience. Her in-depth understanding of the real estate segment, coupled with expertise in securities practices, insurance and investment vehicles makes her a valuable asset to the Precious Timber team and her valued clientele. In a highly competitive environment, Phyllis excels at developing the right strategic solutions for clients seeking wealth preservation business opportunities.

Maria Magdalena Avendaño Aguilar

Corporate Accountant
Certified Public Accountant

Magdalena was born in Belen, Rivas, Nicaragua and earned her bachelor of accounting degree from the Miguel de Cervantes institute in Managua, UPOLI-Managua (Poli-tecnical university of Nicaragua). She holds two postgraduate degrees, one in Evaluation and Learning Facilitation and one in Constructivist Teaching Methodology in Education.

Aroldo Martinez

General Manager

Aroldo was born and raised in San Juan del Sur and brings with him a long list of contacts throughout Nicaragua. As our primary office manager, his enthusiasm and passion for the entire staff is evident each day with his positive “can do” attitude. His knowledge of the local farming region provides us with valuable local knowledge to make our business more efficient.   Aroldo’s organizational ability has been very instrumental in assuring clients and guests enjoy a seamless experience when visiting our plantations.

Meet The Advisory Board

Meet our Advisory Board professionals behind Precious Timber!

Craig Colley

Advisory Board Chairman

Craig heads up Strategic Corporate Planning for Precious Timber-Maderas Futuro. Craig’s fortitude is his ability to develop creative alternatives opportunities, advise on the management, operations and marketing, foster long-term client relationships and organization and execute new and on-going projects to drive company growth. Craig is a licensed Insurance agent, founder / CEO of Coliday and former Marketing Director of a large USA based Financial and Insurance Company.
CA Lic. #17042758
Email Craig at: ccolley@precioustimber.com

Alex Monteith

Advisory Board Vice Chairman,
Family Offices

Alex began his investment education at age nine in equities and later expanded to residential rental real estate and alternative investments.  Mr. Monteith is well traveled, having visited over 50 countries, and lived in five countries in:  Europe, Middle East and Asia.  Alex recently retired after nearly three decades, of service in the United States Army as an infantry officer and later a Logistics Corps Officer. Alex found Precious Timber as he was searching for alternative investments for his own investment portfolio. His interest in the agricultural space matured and was invited to serve on the advisory board.

John May

Advisory Board Co-Chairman

John heads up Strategic Corporate Planning for Precious Timber. John’s fortitude is his ability to develop creative alternative opportunities, advise on management, operations and marketing, foster long-term client relationships, and organize and execute new and on-going projects to drive company growth.  John is the Director of Business Development at Owens & Minor, a leading international health-services company. He has served in various philanthropic organizations such as Acres of Love, purposed in changing orphan care programs within South Africa. John studied at Loyola Marymount University and has earned a degree in Business Management at the University of Redlands. One of John’s core motivation’s is giving back to those less fortunate, building up individuals so as to fulfill their value in society.

Greg Wayer

Advisory Board Co-Chairman

Greg Wayer is a 1984 graduate from Purdue University, Krannert School of Management. He has held executive positions in the mortgage banking industry for over 20 years, with three of the largest banks in the US: Wells Fargo, Bank of America / Countrywide Bank, and JP Morgan Chase.  Greg is an active consultant and investor in a variety of startups, including investments in the wind and solar energy industries. He has taken an active role in real estate property development, from single family residences to multi-family housing projects. He serves as Director of Acquisitions and Investments for the Southern California Youth Alliance. SCYA is a non-profit organization providing opportunity for disadvantaged and at-risk youth funded by capital raised through multi-family housing projects.

At Precious Timber we believe in family. Whether it’s our family of employees who dedicate their time and focus on the caring and managing of our trees, or the family of private timberland owners we serve, or our own personal families who we love and care for, each are the reason we strive to do better each day. Today’s modern world means there are a thousand things families have to struggle with, but being able to afford a college education for your children shouldn’t be one of them. Yes, it’s true. The cost of higher education keeps going up, and too many college students graduate only to find they are in debt up to their eyeballs and will be paying off their student loans for decades. What parent wouldn’t want to save their children from this? But how do you do it?

Traditional college savings plans haven’t worked out well for millions of people. They may look good when the economy or stock markets are doing well, but we all know what happens when that changes. Timber is one of the safest places to invest money and watch it grow. By planting trees you can design a plan that could easily pay for the highest of Ivy League college educations. Speak with us and let’s help you structure the right approach. What worked in the past doesn’t necessarily mean it will work in the future. Starting to save for your retirement earlier than later is a good idea, but where you save and invest your money is even more important. Most investors have been led to believe the stock market offers the best ROI over long periods of time. This isn’t 100% true, and there is clear evidence the past twenty years that the highest performing portfolios in fact held very little money in large cap equities.

If you are concerned about successfully building a retirement nest egg that will not only last, but provide you with sufficient inflation adjusted income, then its time you looked more closely at timber and what it can do for you. Contact us and we’ll work with you in designing a plan that could answer much of your retirement income needs.

 

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Your Legacy… and Ours

When adding newly planted tropical timberland or coconuts to your portfolio, you’re doing much more than positioning your money for the financial benefits, you are helping to create a better world for future generations too.

Here’s how you are helping…

By planting new forests for future harvesting, you are helping relieve the strain on existing ones by making available alternative, sustainable timber sources.

You are creating new ecosystems and carbon sinks that will absorb vast quantities of carbon dioxide that through the process of sequestration will be turned into clean, fresh, breathable air. You are helping to create new wildlife corridors, protect endangered species, regenerate soils, and give quality jobs to local people.

Precious Timber is currently working with Legacy Forest Foundation, a U.S. 501c3 dedicated to creating new sustainable forests in developing nations. These forests will be dedicated the “Mother Earth” and never harvested… hence, a Legacy Forest.

Client owned properties will be afforded the same opportunity once their timberland has matured.

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Precious Timber has created this “Free” online marketplace where timberland owners can list either a request to buy or sell any timberland they seek or currently own. Please contact us for further information on how you can list your property or request.

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