Everyone here at Maderas Futuro, S.A., shares a passion for the well-being of our environment. In 2009, after almost a decade of creating jobs for Nicaraguans, and realizing that the worldwide economic conditions were changing, Hugo Rodriguez, our founder, went in search of a sustainable, yet lucrative business opportunity. He wanted to combine three important principals; # 1, his passion for job creation, # 2, his pursuit of better risk-adjusted returns, and # 3, his concern for the environment. It didn’t take him long to discover. In late 2007, Hurricane Felix, a category 5 hurricane, struck the northeastern Atlantic side of Nicaragua destroying its existing tropical forest and devastated the fragile local economy. This disaster adversely affected Nicaragua’s forestry industry, and after studying the government incentives for the forestry sector through the Law of Conservation and Sustainable Development (Law 462), Mr. Rodriguez made the decision to join Nicaragua’s growing forestry industry and set a goal to try and create 250 full-time jobs within 36 months.