MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE BLOCKS

Tegu was founded with the desire to positively impact the people of Honduras through job creation. People are important to us! As our team continues to grow, we want to introduce ourselves and give you a peek into the day to day world of working at the magnetic wooden block company!


Meet Wily! He operates some of the machinery that is required for our unique magnetic wooden blocks. When not at work, he loves watching Netflix 🙂


Meet Nuzly! She sands blocks before they get lacquer and color tints. Her favorite Tegu set? Sticky Monsters because of their funny faces and bright colors!


Meet Yerlin! He leads our color station. Did you know the color on our blocks comes from a tinted water-based lacquer? This allows the natural wood grain to shine through!

 

The Tegu Team |

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE BLOCKS

Tegu was founded with the desire to positively impact the people of Honduras through job creation. People are important to us! As our team continues to grow, we want to introduce ourselves and give you a peek into the day to day world of working at the magnetic wooden block company!


Meet Lesly! She sands blocks before they get lacquer and color tints!


Meet Mario! He is on our maintenance team. Fun fact: Mario met his wife at Tegu!

The Tegu Team |

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE BLOCKS

Tegu was founded with the desire to positively impact the people of Honduras through job creation. People are important to us! As our team continues to grow, we want to introduce ourselves and give you a peek into the day to day world of working at the magnetic wooden block company!


Meet Elbyn! He handles the raw wood before it can be turned into Tegu Blocks!

 

 


Meet Henry! He is a part of our supply chain team, and specifically works on the preparation of packaging materials and pigments. Did you know that the color on our blocks is non-toxic and comes from a water-based pigmented lacquer?

 

 


Meet Cristopher! He is on our production team, specifically working with some of our unique shapes from the FUTURE and Stunt Team collections!

 

 

The Tegu Team |

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND THE BLOCKS

Tegu was founded with the desire to positively impact the people of Honduras through job creation. People are important to us! As our team continues to grow, we want to introduce ourselves and give you a peek into the day to day world of working at the magnetic wooden block company!


Meet Daniela! She is on our Production team, and here you can see her carefully lining up the printing of the Tegu logo on each block. This is the very last step in the process of a piece of wood becoming a Tegu Block!

 

 


Meet Oscar! His role is Maintenance Technician, and he keeps things running well around our factory.

 

 

The Tegu Team |

Meet the Team behind the Blocks

Tegu was founded with the desire to positively impact the people of Honduras through job creation. People are important to us! As our team continues to grow, we want to introduce ourselves and give you a peek into the day to day world of working at the magnetic wooden block company!


Meet Maverick! He is on our Supply Chain team, and here you can see him preparing wood for the drying process. Yes, he has great forklift handling skills!!

 

 


Meet Héctor! His role is Maintenance Technician, which includes maintaining and repairing parts for our production machines. Needless to say, he keeps things running smoothly!

 

 


Meet Joshua! He works out of our USA office in CT, and is involved in Planning and Operations. Data analysis is one of his fortes, and he shared this fun fact: Tegu is sold in all 50 states and over 70 countries worldwide!

 

 

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Terra McAndrew – Tegu Team Member Spotlight

Ever wonder how Tegu Blocks end up in your neighborhood toy store or get delivered to your doorstep? It all comes down to our incredible team that allows us to create, sell, and distribute Tegu Blocks to places all over the world (we are now sold in all continents! except Antarctica… that one is tricky). We would love for you to get to know some of these fantastic people – you may have even talked to some of them yourself, and it’s always nice to put a face to name.

Each week we will highlight a Tegu Team member, so you can get to know them a bit better. We certainly think they are fantastic people, and we hope you do, too!

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Full name: Terra Jeanne McAndrew

Location: Darien, CT

University and major/focus: Rochester Institute of Technology (and Nerdiness) – Industrial Design

Job at Tegu: “Vector Connector” On the design team helping make all Tegu products and graphics look great. It’s also my job to make Nate look good and to make sure Allie doesn’t “accidentally” set fire to the office.

Job before Tegu: Product and Packaging Designer at Two’s Company

Date Started at Tegu: May 5th, 2015 I only know this because it’s in all of my Tegu passwords

Favorite Tegu toy and why: Pocket Pouch Prism in Sunset – I LOVE the Sunset colorway, especially Poppy! And the Prism Pouch has the most triangles, triangles are my favorite shape, not just in Tegu but in life too

Tegu fun fact or short story non-Tegu employees would not know, either about your or about something at Tegu you were involved in: At our most recent photoshoot in Brooklyn, my car broke down and we were stranded on the streets of Williamsburg form 6pm until around midnight when the tow truck finally came. Tegu intern Judson was a great sport about it and we had a great time exploring Brooklyn and grabbing dinner and drinks. Then we took the very last train home to Connecticut, getting home around 3am, needless to say it was a very long day, but the photos turned out great!

What two words would other people at Tegu use to describe you: Pun-ny, Chameleon (Allie thinks I’m a chameleon because my job changes almost daily)

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Biggest surprise working at Tegu: I do actually get to play with toys almost every day!

Best part about working at Tegu: The people, the Tegu team is incredible and so great to work with. It’s also really fun to make toys.

Honduras fun fact that the world wouldn’t know about Honduras: The Scarlet Macaw was sacred to the Ancient Mayans, it is now the national bird of Honduras – the team met one on our whitewater rafting in Pico Bonita last September, he knew how to say “Hola”

Who and where are the 2-3 people you work with most at Tegu? Nate, Brett and Allie

When not working, we can find you…. At the karate studio (I’m a second degree black belt) or in the woods hiking

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Favorite food and drink? I love Greek food. I also love a good Dark and Stormy.

What’s your vision or hope for Tegu? I hope Tegu becomes a household name and makes Boundless Play the new normal.

Keep Building,

The Tegu Team

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Stephen Cryan – Tegu Team Member Spotlight

Ever wonder how Tegu Blocks end up in your neighborhood toy store or get delivered to your doorstep? It all comes down to our incredible team that allows us to create, sell, and distribute Tegu Blocks to places all over the world (we are now sold in all continents! except Antarctica… that one is tricky). We would love for you to get to know some of these fantastic people – you may have even talked to some of them yourself, and it’s always nice to put a face to name.

Each week we will highlight a Tegu Team member, so you can get to know them a bit better. We certainly think they are fantastic people, and we hope you do, too!

Name: Steve

Full name: Stephen James Cryan

Location: Oxford, UK

University and major/focus: Undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, Humanities Plan 1 program, major was entitled ‘Creating Imaginary Worlds in Fiction’; MBA in International Business from SDA Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Job at Tegu: International Business Development

Job before Tegu: International Business Development for GONZO K.K. an anime producer, manga publisher, and MMORPG provider based in Tokyo, Japan

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Date Started at Tegu: July 1st, 2014

Favorite Tegu toy and why: The pocket Pouch Prism in Blues – love the design of the prism and the colours go well with the walls in our sitting room!

Tegu fun fact or short story non-Tegu employees would not know, either about your or about something at Tegu you were involved in: Discovering, at the tender age of 40, that I was one of the older employees at Tegu and, during an off-site in Pico Bonito, Honduras, being referred to by more juvenile (J) colleagues as ‘Abuelo’ <grandfather> or ‘Abuelito’ <little grandfather>!

What two words would other people at Tegu use to describe you: Tall and grandfatherly

Biggest surprise working at Tegu: How nice people in the toy industry are!

Best part about working at Tegu: Getting to work with great partners around the world who care about bringing quality toys to children in places as diverse as Germany, Japan, France, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, Chile, Thailand, Iceland, Spain, Morocco, and Uruguay (all places – among many more – where Tegu is now available)!

Honduras fun fact that the world wouldn’t know about Honduras: Honduras literally means ‘the depths’ or ‘deep water’ in Spanish and some attribute the naming of Honduras to that old rascal Christopher Columbus.

Who and where are the 2-3 people you work with most at Tegu? Brandon in Darien, CT, USA, Suzanne in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Cristian, Vivian, and Aldo in Tegucigalpa, Hal in London, and our distribution partners and customers around the world.

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When not working, we can find you….Trying to coach youth football, writing and drawing stories,  attempting DIY to the amusement of my wife, and playing with my son (8), daughter (5), and crazy dog Suki (6, but still thinks she is a puppy)!

Favorite food and drink? Sushi and beer (together or separately, but preferably not mixed in a blender…)

What’s your vision or hope for Tegu? That we continue to bring exceptional toys to children around the world and do something awesome in the fantastic country of Honduras in the process!

Keep Building,

The Tegu Team

The Tegu Team |

Alexandra (Allie) Vaughan – Tegu Team Member Spotlight

Ever wonder how Tegu Blocks end up in your neighborhood toy store or get delivered to your doorstep? It all comes down to our incredible team that allows us to create, sell, and distribute Tegu Blocks to places all over the world (we are now sold in all continents! except Antarctica… that one is tricky). We would love for you to get to know some of these fantastic people – you may have even talked to some of them yourself, and it’s always nice to put a face to name.

Each week we will highlight a Tegu Team member, so you can get to know them a bit better. We certainly think they are fantastic people, and we hope you do, too!

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Full Name: Alexandra (Allie) Vaughan

Location: Stammy-Stamford, CT

University and Major/Focus: Iowa State University; Industrial Design + Marketing

Job at Tegu: Job? I play with blocks and we call it DESIGN.

Job before Tegu: “Gathering knowledge.” …and interning at 3M Design.

Started at Tegu: Softly on May 16th, for good on August 2nd (try before you buy, right?)

Favorite Tegu Toy: Pocket Pouch Prism, because I like the challenge of creating within constraints and flexing my imagination muscle.

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Favorite Tegu Story: One time I was playing with blocks at my desk (for work, of course) and apparently I was making too much noise with my experimentation. Instead of telling me to quiet down, I was subtly given a play mat to dampen the sound…and my joy…  Additionally, there have been numerous times where I have nearly had to leave the office due to uncontrollable fits of laughter. Those usually start from a good Tegu story.

Tegu employees describe you as… Nate Lau, reincarnate

Biggest surprise working at Tegu: Working at a toy company is somehow more fun than I ever imagined it could be.

Best part about working at Tegu: Writing fan mail (aka illustrated Post-It Notes) to Terra McAndrew when she least expects it, bothering the whole office with senseless noise, and the privilege of influencing the future of play, of course!

Fun fact about Honduras: Because air becomes heavier the further South you travel (due to gravity), the sky in Honduras is almost navy in color.

People you work with most at Tegu: Click

When not working, we can find you… Driving back and forth on the interstate wondering if Darien is North or South of Stamford (I’m from the Midwest).

Favorite food and drink: Ethnic foods beginning with “I,” namely Italian and Indian. As for drinks, iced coffee with almond milk is my kryptonite.

What’s your vision or hope for Tegu? A less temperamental thermostat, a squarely set fridge door, and PLAY-WORLD DOMINATION!!!!!!!!!!

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Keep Building,

The Tegu Team

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