Our Team

Meet some of the people who make Masaya & Co happen.

Aram Terry

Aram first went to Nicaragua in 2002 as U.S. Peace Corps volunteer.  During his Peace Corps assignment, he formed ideas of creating a socially and environmentally sustainable business. 

In 2007, Aram and his father, Michael, formed Maderas Sostenibles to establish tree farms on deforested land and process hurricane salvaged hardwoods. Reforestation and wood salvage evolved into furniture production when Aram met his wife, Abril Zepeda, a Nicaraguan designer and artisan from Masaya. Together they launched the furniture brand Masaya & Company. The intention of Masaya & Co is to implement the “Seed to Seat” sustainable business model that both reforests ravaged land and offers unique and beautiful wood products from sustainably managed forests.  Once restored, the devastation of clear cutting is slowly reversed and the vitality of the tropical forest is utilized to produce quality wood products and jobs.

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Abril Zepeda

Abril Zepeda grew up in the Nicaraguan town of Masaya, which has a craft and artisan tradition that serves inspiration for our identity. 

As a young girl, Abril had the vision to bring the talent and craftsmanship that surrounded her to the world through contemporary modern designs.   Abril’s design vision imprints many of our products, as seen on the colorful woven patterns that grace our modern lounge chairs.  Abril fuses the traditional, artisan techniques she knew growing up in Masaya with elements of modern design.  The result is colorful, warm, handcrafted, and unique contemporary furniture.  Her designs and patterns continue to evolve each day.

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Justin Terry

Justin, an American artist, joined Masaya & Co in 2015.  Originally from Nashville, TN, Justin has received graduate degrees in both Fine Arts and Art History from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he still resides. 

In addition to running and developing Masaya & Co on a daily basis, Justin actively produces artwork for sale and exhibition.  You can see some of his paintings here: justinterry

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