As I was approaching retirement, and following the 2008/2009 economic decline, I came to the realization that I needed to reduce my exposure to the U.S. stock market. It was at that time I began researching alternative investments such as land, timber and collectibles. However, some of those markets were too costly for the individual investor and others seemed to be run by unscrupulous operators.
Luckily my search led me to Precious Timber. After receiving information, I had conversations with Alex Wilson during which he proffered the story of Precious Timber and Nicaragua. The returns on those investments seemed reasonable, and much more attractive than what the past several years in the market had produced. From my business background I learned the adage, “trust but verify”, and the Discovery Tour provided the opportunity to do just that.
I found the Tour to be highly organized and presented by friendly, hard-working staff who made me feel safe and extremely welcomed. Ken and his family provided tidbits of information that you just wouldn’t get from printed or video information. At the nursery, I was convinced that experimentation with different products and soils would ensure future success of the crops.
My most memorable moment on the Tour happened during our viewing of the coconut plantation. At that point in the Tour I was seriously considering joining the Precious Timber family and I saw this investment as creating generational wealth for my daughter and granddaughter. Through an interpreter, I asked a question about longevity of the coconut trees. The obviously experienced staff member was my age and I doubted that neither he nor I would be around to mentor and care for my coconuts 65 years in the future. Who would carry on his secrets, his efforts, and his work ethic? He pointed with pride to his sons and other relatives. I could see that his family had respect for him and I knew that he would pass on his knowledge. I was hooked! I had found the investment that would provide near-term income and long-term wealth.
What strikes me about Precious Timber is the integrity of Alex, Ken, Kevin and the rest of their hard-working staff. I trust that they are working on my behalf and have my best interests in mind. The entire company is family-oriented and it shows in their hiring practices and in their community projects. I feel I have developed a friendship with them that goes beyond the business aspect.
Today, I have timber, coconuts and coffee as my alternative investments and I couldn’t be happier with the decision, and I’m looking forward to my next trip to Nicaragua. I hope that others find the rationale to participate in the Discovery Tour and in the Precious Timber offerings.
As a recent retiree, I began looking for agricultural investments as a low risk / high return alternative to traditional fixed-income holdings in today’s high stock price – low interest rate environment. After discussing trees with Alex and Ken at the 2013 San Francisco Money show, I embarked on considerable investigation before becoming an investor with Precious Timber in early 2014.
As an ex-engineer, I would not have thought about being a future “farmer”, except for the embedded agricultural, marketing and management expertise I found with PT. I have now made three visits (with wife in 2014, with son/heir in 2015, and recently just me in 2017), and we currently own trees, coconuts and coffee with PT in Nicaragua. We view the coconuts and coffee projects as “agricultural annuities” which should provide part of our retirement income needs for many years to come, with the trees as a longer term “bonus“ investment for ourselves and future generations.
Our dealings with Precious Timber and their entire team have been professional, pleasant, transparent and prompt — which made the investing process quite painless. We chose Precious Timber over several other options and look forward to dealing with them into our old age and our son’s future. In my opinion, supported by 4 years’ history so far, I believe you just can’t find a better group to deal with.
Hi Alex & Ken,
Just a brief note of TREMENDOUS appreciation for the outstanding day of plantation touring you and your staff provided for us – just last week!! The professionalism, humility, integrity, patience, welcoming spirit, expertise, hospitality were “5 star!” It was quite profound to see and “to meet” our trees/ our land after months of sharing trusting e-mails and phone communication. The conversation throughout our multi-hour plantation field trip was so enjoyable, very interesting and exceptionally informative!!! Dan and I felt like “royalty” when escorted throughout our journey by the respectful and gifted Precious Timber forestry engineers. Aroldo – you were so gracious and helpful!! Simply stated, we are ELATED to be clients of Precious Timber!!!
A ba-zillion thank you’s (and . . . wishing we were still in Nicaragua!!!),
CRAIG COLLEY’S Personal Discovery Tour
Craig is our Advisory Board Chairman and
Head of Strategic Planning for Precious Timber
PART ONE: The Tour
This short film shot on an iPhone is presented in two parts.
Part one is the tour. Part two a few testimonials from some of the tour’s participants.
It is his personal accounting and documentary of his experience on the discovery tour presented by Precious Timber.
This truly gives you a client’s prospective on the opportunity.
The footage has not been altered. The audio narration is not continuous and contains some wind noise.
You’ll see how we travel, the cities we visit, the mills, plantations, coconut fields, restaurants, shops, hotels, office and an overview of Nicaragua.
PART TWO: Testimonials
For more information about the tour:
Email Craig: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here to view video testimonials from some of the people who took us up on our offer to come down to Nicaragua to visit our operation.
Dear Alex & Ken,
I am a big believer in having to remain financially independent. Not because it is a nice pleasant dream, but because it is a necessity. For health reasons, I had to retire from ‘active duty’ (I was a telecommunications engineer with NASA) about 15 years before ‘normal’ retirement age. Fortunately I had read Robert Kiyosaki’s words about becoming financially educated and learning about assets and cash-flow, so I had started (in a small way; remember, I was only an engineer!) to acquire some income-generating assets. This allowed me to retire without having to rely on any pension or social security (I was too young to qualify, anyway).
I do think many governments and business are drowning in debt, so I do not put much faith in financial (paper) assets. When you’re retired, you do not have another 30 years to recover from a business going bankrupt, a government nationalizing (taking away) your assets or devaluing them overnight. So a retiree needs to be a bit more cautious with where he will invest his capital, and he needs part of his investments to provide an income, not based on many speculations and ‘what if’s’.
So I was looking to invest in something ‘real’ (such as agricultural products), something that could provide annual income, based on real demand.
For that Maderas Futuro / Precious Timber offers various products: a fast-growing, regenerating tree (meaning that it grows back from its stump after you’ve harvested it), the Paulownia tree; and even better, coconut trees. Both products have been well-researched and there are many customers and uses for them.
I also wanted to achieve long-term capital appreciation, which another Maderas Futuro product, precious hardwoods, provides. What drew me were several things: many years of successful operation, a growing demand, and an excellent environment (soil, and the right amount of water and sunlight). But, more important than finding what investment products to invest in, I had to get the measure of the Maderas Futuro team. My many questions were answered by Alex Wilson, and the more I learned about the company, about what it was doing, about what and how it was doing it, I felt more and more interested in working with them.
I appreciate having been given the information I needed and the time to digest it, without once being subjected to a pushy sales pitch.
I now feel a tremendous sense of peace, I do not have to fret because of the daily gyrations of the stock and bond markets. I presently still live in the US, but I am planning to live abroad, and I very much needed some assets outside the US, so Maderas Futuro also met my need for asset diversification.
I had been searching for what Maderas Futuro provides for more than ten years. I am so grateful I’ve found them, and look forward to working with them in the coming years.
Dear Ken and Alex,
It is now Tuesday evening. Marcelyn and I have just gotten back to the Camino Real Hotel. We return home this coming weekend. We wish to provide feedback from our just completed Discovery Tour.
Foremost is that we both consider our trip to be a total success. There is nothing that we can suggest for improvement. Your entire staff is simply outstanding. Ken saw to every need, and did so with charm, and absent high pressure selling mode. Lily was delightful, obviously very intelligent, graceful, and to our way of thinking a major asset. Etc., etc., etc.
From a business perspective, all of our questions were answered. We can only deduce that we have made the right decision to commit to the coconut tree program.
Yesterday and today (Monday and Tuesday) were sightseeing days for us using the Nicaragua Adventures tour service that is headquartered in Granada. I mention this because our tour guide, Eddie Mendoza, turns out to be a graduate agricultural engineer who was not able to find an agricultural position upon graduation. His need to support his family led to a tour guide position, but he expressed strong interest in getting into agriculture since that is his passion and his education, but little real world experience. Bottom line here is that we gave Eddie your contact information. We presume that you may be contacted about employment, and wish that you not be surprised should you hear from Eddie. We can only attest to his overall skills as a tour guide, and his outstanding English language skills, but nothing as to his engineering acumen. He is proactive, communicates well, and is an outstanding young man. He exhibited good follow through and good judgment.
Thank you for everything that you have done for us. We view this tour to be the beginning of a long term relationship, a kind of extended family.
All the best to everyone at Maderas Futuro, and may you succeed beyond your wildest dreams.
Bud and Marcelyn
I was very interested in Timber to protect the wealth I have generated as well as a means of creating more. It’s uncorrelated to the broader stock market and is a specialty product in high demand. It allows me to diversify my holdings outside the USA and allows me to build a wealth generation model to pass on to my kids.
Working with Maderas Futuro allows me to own the land and the trees while having experienced foresters manage it. The economic model reflects the business savvy of smart people – and it is smart people that I want to do business with.
Their Discovery Tour allowed me to get to know more about Nicaragua and the people I would be doing business with. I was very impressed by the caliber of the people and the sense of “family” of the entire operation. I verified that the laws of Nicaragua are very friendly to business investment and protect the rights of landowners, welcoming foreign ownership.
Finally, it simply feels “right” and good to invest in a company that is doing right by the planet through reforestation and sustainable timber production and doing right by the people of Nicaragua.
Steve T., Georgia