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We had to clear yet another spot in the awards display for the newest honor Millennium has received. The well-known Orlando Business Journal selected us for their 29th Annual Golden 100 Ultimate Newcomer Award. Specifically aimed at honoring privately held firms that have shown consistent growth, the Golden 100 is one of Orlando’s most prestigious business honors. Selected by an independent panel of judges, companies competing for the coveted award were considered based upon their contribution to the economic growth within our region. We at Millennium are so honored to be selected for this award that showcases our hard work and diligence, as well as our Central Florida roots.
SANFORD, Florida – July 10th 2013 – Discovery Network’s Destination America is to feature a pair of custom built, multi-million dollar RVs, from award winning builder Millennium Luxury Coaches, on their Season 2 premiere of EPIC, Monday July 15th at 9pm EST. Millennium made an appearance on EPIC during the first season, showing off the company’s innovative “Dream Machine”, while this year’s coaches have even more over the top surprises to impress even the most fashionable and tech savvy viewers.
Destination America is the first network to celebrate the people, places and stories of the United States, while EPIC explores the most excessive and outrageous items that people are willing to spend fortunes on. Epic shows how these splurges were made, how they work, and why in the world people go to such great lengths to acquire their dream.
This year EPIC welcomes back Millennium Luxury Coaches, the Central Florida builder of the “Dream Machine” featured last season. This time around EPIC will focus on two unique coaches, custom built and filled with new personalized features as amazing and entertaining at the coach owners themselves. One decked out with so many high tech gadgets that James Bond would be proud to take it on his next mission, to a coach that is the culmination of 2 decades worth of searching for the perfect ride.
Millennium Luxury Coaches will be featured on the season 2 premiere of EPIC on July 15th, at 9pm EST on Destination America, along with other amazing vehicles of recreation, and will continue to entertain viewers over the course of the new season with other extravagant amenities and the people who make them, including floating homes, helicopter landing pads, wine cellars and pools with their own private lazy river, slides and underwater speakers, as EPIC spotlights the most imaginative creations found right next door.For more on this story click HERE!
Meet Nelson Figueroa
Position/Company: President, Millennium Luxury Coaches
Served: U.S. Army, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
Rank: Sergeant (E-5)
Point of Pride: I have great pride for the time I spent in service to my country. As the youngest member of my team promoted to the E-5 rank, I was able to lead a team of professionals to accomplish and maintain the highest aircraft readiness status record achieved within our regiment to date. Known as the Army’s premier night fighting aviation force, the Night Stalkers worked with the most advanced avionics equipment and pioneered night flight techniques. My Special Operations unit was often the first to work with the latest, most advanced technology before it was ever available in the civilian world, for example GPS, Night Vision (FLIR) and carbon fiber composites. Working in the regiment responsible for aircraft readiness in the field or on base, it was our responsibility to transport and extract the most elite fighting teams in the military (SEALS, Rangers and snipers.) The Army taught me to step out into the unknown without fear and gave me the skills needed to do so successfully. These are the same principles I use today when leading my team.
Locating a Prevost Service Provider just became much smoother with the Prevost Service Locator Mobile App. The app is incredibly easy to use, with the users only needing one touch to find the nearest Prevost Service Provider. The app features detailed information about the 7 Prevost Service Centers and 133 Prevost-certified Service Providers throughout North America.
For example, if you are in Albuquerque for their Annual Balloon Festival, you can find the nearest service provider according to your current location, or they can search for a provider by state. When you select a service provider, users can view all of the service provider’s relevant information. Such as, address, phone number, e-mail, list of services and written directions. You can then tap the phone number to automatically call, send an e-mail, open the website or view a map showing the service provider’s location and turn by turn directions from their current location. The app is available in English, French and Spanish versions. Mobile device users can download the app for free at Apple’s App Store or Android Market (Google Play).
The map provided in the app also has lots of features that will help you find the closest Prevost Service Provider. Here is a list:Map:
- Real-time location tracking
- Current Location with Latitude / Longitude
- GPS Activation button / Blue – on, Red – off (upper left hand corner)
- 3 View Modes: Map / Satellite / Hybrid
- Service Provider pop-ups with name, distance from current location, and link to detailed Service Provider info
- Quickly zoom in / out with simple to use pre-sets Service Provider Information:
- Telephone numbers: Regional / Sales / Service
- Web page
- 1 click direct access to: Web, Maps, Phone, or Email
- Services available
Prevost Tools App!
Prevost Car Co. has introduced another mobile app which allows Prevost operators and maintenance facilities to “easily access many valuable resources,” according to a press release. The newest Prevost app, called Prevost Tools, works with any mobile device such as Apple iOS or Android phones and tablets and allows users to link to wiring diagrams, pneumatic diagrams, technical manuals, driver’s guides and service bulletins for any Prevost or Volvo motorcoach. The app also provides links to Prevost online warranty services, Prevost Liaison telematics system and online parts ordering. Users can connect to the Prevost Merchandise website and Prevost Diecast Model website as well. In addition, the app contains a gallery of seated coach and motorhome images which can be downloaded or set as wall paper for the mobile device.
Get The App!
Prevost Service Locator
Prevost Service Locator
This effort is part of a company wide program to provide easy access to important tools for operators and drivers. Michael Power, Prevost Director of Marketing, says, “Prevost recognizes that the technologies which are readily available to customers can be used to make their business more productive and efficient. So we have taken advantage of these tools and turned them into a valuable, cost-effective, any-time, any-where resource, which makes our customer’s business more valuable. This opens the opportunity for operators to provide better quality service and a safer customer experience.”
SANFORD, Florida – January 10th, 2013 – Millennium Luxury Coaches is kicking off its 13th year in business producing luxury Prevost motorhomes, which can retail for over $2 million dollars, with a new video series featuring the craftsmen who build the rolling mansions, their extraordinary coach owners, and the excitement of the luxury RV lifestyle.
The series premier, Episode 1 – The Journey Begins…, which can be viewed on the company’s website or YouTube Channel, focuses on a handful of Millennium’s 85+ staff members, and captures the product from a perspective not usually seen, that of the master craftsmen who build these custom creations. The video also shares inspiring scenes of the coach build in progress and quotes from Millennium founders Nelson & Evelyn Figueroa. “It was great to pull back the curtain and show the world the pride and dedication to excellence that each of our employees have in crafting these stunning vehicles that represent a lifelong dream for many of our clients.” Says Evelyn Figueroa
Upcoming episodes, which the company will be revealing on their website and through various media outlets, will be premiered over the course of the year and beyond. Each episode will have a unique viewpoint, Episode 2 – The Perfect Getaway, will treat the viewer to a little fun. while others will highlight Millennium’s signature styles & innovations, outrageous rallies and events, and how individual customers enjoy their custom tailored creations on the open road.
“We have such a great time building our coaches and working with our amazing team to create these rolling mansions, while enjoying everything that’s involved in this RV lifestyle, but for the majority of the public all they get to see is the finished product. The Journey is all about what goes in to building our coaches, and the people behind them, but also exposes the fascinating Journey our coaches and their owners take once they leave our facility.”
Millennium won’t have any problem with interesting topics either. Over the company’s 13 year history of coach building their craftsmen have been tested many times over to meet customer’s custom requests for features and amenities often not associated with motorhome living. “From motorcycle and golf cart storage, to a rolling art gallery, and decked out play bays for kids and even one for Cats, we’ve built just about everything” says Nelson Figueroa. And according to Nelson he wouldn’t want it any other way, “Our customer’s over the top requests help keep us on the cutting edge of design and innovation,” something that the company in known for within the industry.
According the Nelson Figueroa “The Journey may begin now, but thanks to our phenomenal team, amazing customers, and this fascinating lifestyle, there’s no end in “sight”.
Fans of Millennium can keep up to date with newly released videos on the company’s website, or by subscribing to the YouTube Channel MillenniumLuxury
Millennium Luxury coaches has been, added to Transport Canada’s “List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States”
If you’re a Canadian friend that has inquired about importing a Millennium Luxury Coach into Canada, you know that the answer wasn’t exactly the most favorable. Well now we are proud to say that purchasing a Millennium Luxury Coach just got a little easier! After months of rigorous testing and documentation, we are pleased to announce that Millennium Luxury Coaches Prevost conversions are preapproved to be in compliance with all applicable Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS), meet all requirements of Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVSA) and can now be imported to Canada. Millennium Luxury Coaches have been added to Transport Canada’s “List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States.”
“We are excited to be able to offer our world class product to Canadian citizens” says Nelson Figueroa, President of Millennium Luxury Coaches. “This has been a long time coming and our team worked very hard with Canadian officials to assure compliance.”
With pre-clearance, Millennium Luxury Coaches has simplified the importation process which in turn provides ease and effortlessness by significantly minimizing the customer’s time and effort before and after the vehicle crosses the border. Whether looking for a new or pre-owned Millennium, our favorite Canucks also get the opportunity to enjoy all the great features that Millennium has to offer!Source: PitchEngine
Millennium was recently selected to be featured on the TV show Ultimate Travel, for their “Tricked Out Trailers” episode, appearing on the Travel Channel. Evelyn, Nelson and the crew had a great time filming some of Millennium’s signature features like our distinctive interior designs, advanced electronics, and our always popular entertainment bays, as well as brand new options like remote security & travel cameras, and coach control systems
Pro Golfer Mark Calcavecchia, “Calc”, is the most recent athlete to become a proud owner of a Millennium Luxury Coach. Calcavecchia turned Pro in 1981 and has 27 Professional wins to his credit, including 2nd place in the Masters Tournament in 1988, and Wining The Open Championship in 1989. Mark recently joined the Champions Tours after finishing his PGA Tour career with 13 Tour wins, and ranking 18th on the Tour career money list.
Calc’s Luxury Coach is a top of the line 2012 Millennium Quad-Slide, Prevost. As stunning as its’ vibrant Red and Black paint scheme, the interior is even more lavish. Using only the finest materials, cutting edge technology, and custom built by the most skilled staff in the industry, it’s truly an amazing site. Equally amazing is the technological advancements that Millennium is known for. But being one of the most High-Tech Luxury coaches on the road doesn’t mean it’s difficult to operate. No having to worry about juggling complex remotes in a Millennium, the entire Coach can be controlled using the included iPad with ease. And since it’s a Prevost it comes with unparalleled handling and performance, and built to last.
We look forward to seeing Mark Calcavecchia Celebrate many more Victories to and from Tours as he, Wife Brenda, and dogs Miss Ellie, Brutus Buckeye, and Mollie travel in one of the most remarkable Luxury Coaches in the World.
Recent Q&A Session Below That Calcavecchia had with the PGA Tour about his new Coach:
Q. You got any good buss stories? Why did you buy the bus? Is it really cost effective to you after all?
MARK CALCAVECCHIA: actually it is, we were just talking this week. I don’t miss the packing up and getting to the hotel and throwing your stuff on the hotel shuttle bus. That didn’t do my back good either. It was just nice have to all your stuff there. Just got off a month in North Carolina, two weeks in Texas, Disney stretch, and had the dogs with us. It was just a blast. It seems to work I think really well for this tour for the most part. It really is fun to drive. It’s just comfortable. It’s truly your home on wheels. You know, Brenda is not a good flyer. She’s been talking about it for five or six years. I didn’t think she was half serious most of the time, but she was. Finally she talked me into it, and I really took to it. I like it. But it’s not for everybody. Yeah, a motor home, the first bus we bought was a Tiffin Zephyr, a 45-footer. It was electrically cursed, so we got rid of it. Now we own a — naturally we upgraded to the Prevost Millennium, which is pretty much the rock star bus. I haven’t hit anything with that yet. Took out my gate, the one that I just tried to widen by digging up the grass, with the other one. That wrecked quite a bit. I’m only the driver. Yep, I’m it.
Q. How many flat screens do you have in it?
MARK CALCAVECCHIA: Four. Plenty of TVs.
Q. (No microphone.)
MARK CALCAVECCHIA: I don’t know. We don’t even know how big it is. It’s a whole lot bigger than the hotel room we’re in right now, I can promise you that. There is no bar in my hotel room either. Your got to go down to the lobby. That’s a pain in the butt. So you got your movies, your stereo, bar, refrigerator, two bathrooms in the thing. What else do you need? It’s unbelievable.
Q. (No microphone.)
MARK CALCAVECCHIA: Yeah, that would be nice on occasion. Of all the miles we put in this summer, there were a couple days I didn’t feel like driving. Like I said, I can get anywhere in a couple days. I can drive 800 miles a day. Doesn’t bother me.
Source: PGA Tour
Jimmie Van Zant and Millennium, a “Rocking” Combination!When Famous Southern Rock Star Jimmie Van Zant was in town on tour with the Jimmie Van Zant Band, only the Best Coach would do. So Naturally he choose a Millennium. Check-out Jimmie and his crew Relaxing in his Coach before the Big Concert.
Millennium Luxury Coaches Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Millennium Luxury Coaches held its ribbon cutting celebration at their new location in Sanford. The event featured food, drinks and entertainment along with tours of their luxury RVs. There was also a silent auction and raffle to benefit Ronald McDonald House.
Millennium Featured on HouseSmarts TV with Lou ManfrediniWell we’re know for a while that our coaches are definitely smarter than a 5th grader but Lou Manfredini of House Smarts TV thinks so too! House Smarts TV recently visited with us here at Millennium and filmed a featured piece showcasing our Luxury Conversions.
Millennium Luxury Coaches, a company based in Sanford, Fl, that converts high-end Prevost bus shells, is one of 50 businesses that will receive the ”2011 Florida Companies to Watch” award during a ceremony Thursday (Feb. 17) at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. ”We were thrilled to find out that we were being considered for it, and when we found out we had won, we were very excited,” said Evelyn Figueroa, vice president of the 62-employee converter that she and her husband, Nelson, founded in 2001. The award is presented to ”second stage” Florida firms with between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital that have demonstrated ”the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership (or) sustainable competitive advantage,” according to a news release. The company converts about a dozen Prevost coaches a year — 70% of which are built on spec — that are marketed at Millennium’s own rallies and at major U.S. RV shows, Evelyn Figueroa told RVBUSINESS.com.
Retail prices for new conversions range from $1.5 million to $1.8 million, depending on the configuration of slideouts in the Prevost chassis. Between new units, trade-ins and consignments, Millennium sells about 30 units a year, she said. ”We are selling some to people who are on their second and third coach,” she said. Millennium also refurbishes Prevost-based motorhomes for existing owners. ”We do anything from installing a new DVD player to a $300,000 remodel where we redo an entire interior,” Figueroa said. Millennium operates out of a 100,000-square-foot factory east of Orlando that includes separate remodeling, collision and paint centers. Although some high-end manufacturers went out of business or saw retail sales dip sharply during the recession, Figueroa said Millennium didn’t feel the effect. We never had a decline in business,” she said. ”Actually, last year was the best year for our company and we expect to do better this year. ”When everybody else went into recession mode, we expanded,” she added. ”That’s not to say that we took lightly what was going on around us. But by diversifying our business and increasing our market share, we didn’t feel the recession.
We can’t build as many as we could sell.” The ”2011 Florida Companies to Watch” award is sponsored by state-funded GrowFL economic development initiative, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida and the Florida chapters of the Association for Corporate Growth, in association with the Michigan-based Edward Lowe Foundation.We already are taking orders for next year.By Bob Ashley Source: RV Business News
Millennium Luxury Coaches has been recognized as a recipient of the inaugural 2011 Florida Companies to Watch Award
Out of the over 1.3 million businesses registered in the state of Florida, Millennium was one of just Fifty companies from across the state selected for the award, and just 1 of 2 from Seminole County. They will receive their awards at an awards gala on Thursday, February 17 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.
January 31, 2011 01:00 PM Eastern Time ORLANDO, Fla. (EON: Enhanced Online News) Led by husband and wife team, Nelson & Evelyn Figueroa, Millennium Luxury Coaches custom build one of a kind, multi million dollar, Prevost motorcoaches using the finest, highest quality materials, and most advanced technology and equipment in the industry. From electronics to upholstery, Millennium does it all; employing a staff with an incredibly diverse range of skill sets allows them to not only build their own line of Luxury motorcoaches, but service and remodel just about any motorhome on the road. But as much as their customers and fans rave about their amazing creations, it’s their focus on customer service that really sets them apart in the Prevost motorcoach industry.
Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies headquartered in the state. To be eligible, applicants must employ between 6 and 99 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage or other notable strengths.
Millennium Luxury Coaches, builder of fine luxury motorcoaches, is headquartered in Sanford, FL – USA. Founded in 2001 by husband and wife, Nelson & Evelyn Figueroa, President and Vice President respectively, is an industry leader known for innovation, superior products and customer service. In 2010 Millennium expanded to a new facility nearly 4 times larger, and continues to grow in 2011.Source: EON News-Wire
News Talk Radio WWWBA 820 interviews Nelson & Evelyn at the 2011 RV SuperShow
World-class luxury awaits as you board a Millennium Luxury Coach. Lavishly appointed with rare imported Italian stone, each coach features top-grain leather captain’s chairs and rich, exotic burl wood all hand-selected to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning clients. The warm glow from the ornate wall sconces accentuates the rich luster of handcrafted mahogany cabinets, all wearing their own custom designed piece of jeweled hardware inlayed with Swarovski crystals. With handlaid, cascading tile mosaic showers and granite floors with radiant heating to avoid frosty first morning steps, there are no compromises, nothing has been spared.
The list of amenities is staggering, and the available combinations of appointments and optional features are nearly infinite. The ability to run the coach nearly to its electrical limits, miles from the nearest electrical hookup, using only the clean, silent power of its eight marine-grade batteries and four 3,500-watt inverters is a small detail, perhaps, but in a class of high-luxury product where beauty and quality are guaranteed, it’s the subtle but significant differences in livability that quickly separate one coach converter from another. To truly appreciate the production design and attention to electrical engineering detail that allows a Millennium Luxury Coach to do what so many other multi-million-dollar coaches cannot, you’ll have to venture into the mind of its engineer, President and founder Nelson Figueroa, who with his wife, Evelyn, have set out to revolutionize the Prevost conversion industry.
Nelson and Evelyn have been rooted in the luxury coach, yacht and aviation industries for more than 20 years. Known for pushing the envelope, their hands-on, custom approach is tailored to meet each client’s unique needs. Even today, as Millennium now employs more than 50 men and women at its 100,000-square-foot sales and production facility in Sanford, Florida, Nelson prefers the grease and sweat of working elbow-deep in the underside of a coach to any kind of posh owner’s office. Meanwhile, Evelyn keeps the business running smoothly while spearheading the design and materials selection for the new coaches Millennium builds and sells each year. The combination of a die-hard engineer and a style-conscious businesswoman has led to tremendous growth and success at Millennium. Your “home away from home” should have all the comforts you expect to find at home.
Each Millennium Luxury Coach is equipped with a Lutron home-automation operating system that provides fluid, reliable control with seamless connectivity. This sophisticated, hi-leel integration allows for complete user control. Change the channel, adjust the air conditioning or lower the shades all at the touch of a button from the comfort of your armchair. Transform your space and your mood with custom lighting programs, all easily tailored to your preferences. Add one-button touch features to set your favorite music station or adjust the temperature, and the stage has been set for you… the star of the show. “Here at Millennium, we believe making a coach livable requires a radical technique: we spend time living in the coaches we build. It’s as simple as that, but it makes all the difference,” Evelyn explains. “Whenever we are designing or building something new in one of our coaches, whether it’s a new electrical sub-system or arrangement of the kitchen or bath, we take a coach out during the conversion process and live in it for a few days. By the time we get back, we know that this electrical outlet should be in a different place, or the closet should be this much wider, or if we design the control system a little differently, an owner can accomplish a common task in one step instead of three. These are things that you’ll never discover by looking at the diagrams or piecing the coach together in the shop. Until you actually put your family in it and use it just like an owner will, you’ll never be able to design and build it to a level where the owner will feel totally at home. Owners may never understand exactly why our coach just feels so much more comfortable and livable than others, but we do, because we discovered and created those differences ourselves.” It’s in these areas, one subtlety at a time, that Millennium Luxury Coaches has earned its reputation for excellence and an unmatched degree of livable comfort among the growing community of high-end coach owners.
The personal service and support extended to each coach and to each owner is also why Millennium has quietly become one of Prevost’s most valued converters. “We’ve taken the Lutron system one step further by combining it with a persistent, over-the-air, high-speed Internet connection built into every coach,” says Nelson. “While parked at a campsite, or even driving down the road, a Millennium coach’s systems can be monitored, controlled, and even repaired from any Web-enabled device, including the computers in the Millennium service department in Sanford. Also, Millennium’s iPhone app allows complete control of your coach, even when you’ve had to leave it behind. Using an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or laptop computer, you can control the Lutron system remotely. If you forgot to turn on your generator’s auto start feature, for example, just remotely log-in and adjust settings. Better still, call one of our helpful technicians and we can make the adjustment for you.”Making residential amenities and technology roadworthy takes another dose of innovation, particularly with regard to weight. Millennium Luxury Coaches prides itself on building the lightest coaches in its class while packing in higher-quality materials and more features than the competition. The dichotomy is possible thanks to Millennium’s experience in avionics and the luxury yacht industry. Just as in boats and planes, every ounce of weight in Millennium coaches is scrutinized, and the company has created some intriguing techniques to keep the weight off while building more luxury in.
Millennium uses a custom milling process for every square-foot of granite in its coaches. The proprietary procedure creates a layer of granite much thinner (and lighter) than what is found in homes or other coaches. The stone is then backed with fiberglass for durability before it is finished and installed. Because so much weight is saved in the milling, granite is not just reserved for countertops in Millennium coaches. Full shower enclosures and entire floors can be done in granite as well, a feat that is impossible in other coaches. Other weight-saving tactics include the use of a specially imported Italian poplar for all of the cabinetry in a Millennium coach. The much-lighter poplar is then faced with genuine burl wood, never laminate — another Millennium signature. Less weight means better fuel economy, safer road handling, and ultimately a much more livable coach. There are no compromises. Nothing has been spared. The finest materials and custom design expertise go hand-in-hand at Millennium. By Chip Colandreo Source: Lake Mary Life
Heritage Owner Spotlight – Millennium owners Todd & Carolyn Cutrer
New owners, Carolyn and Todd Cutrer, have wasted no time in settling into the Heritage Motor Coach Resort and Marina lifestyle. From their custom designed Millennium Prevost XLII Coach to their 2010 Tomberlin Anvil street legal electric resort car, the Cutrers enjoy getting away with their two sons, Evan and Price, and spending family time together on the great Alabama Gulf Coast. The Cutrers got into the motor coach lifestyle after some less than desirable hotel experiences. They knew that the only way that they could have their own bed while traveling was to do so in a motor home. They bought their first RV, an Allegro bus, in 2004. After keeping it for 2 months, they decided that they wanted to try their hands at designing their own coach. They sold the Allegro and designed a 2006 Country Coach Affinity which took 7 months to build. After traveling in the Affinity for 18 months, the desire to design another coach took over and they began working with Millennium Luxury Motor Coaches to build their current Prevost XLII.
The Cutrers had been traveling to the Gulf Shores area for a couple of years with their bus when they decided to purchase a lot. After looking at several resorts, Todd made a quick trip to see what Heritage had to offer. From the cobblestone streets and trees to the beautiful waterfront location, Todd was sold upon his first visit and made a purchase on the spot. According to Todd, at Heritage he saw a resort where the developer had a vision and over delivered on his promises. Remember how Carolyn and Todd enjoy a good design project? Well, Heritage offers them another…the Cutrers are in the process of designing and overseeing the completion of the interior of their coach house, that when finished, will provide them even more space to entertain family and friends.
Todd says that his dad questioned the wisdom of their first RV investment. After seeing the enjoyment that they have living the lifestyle, he has retracted his “bad investment” statement. The Cutrers know that there is no price that can be put on a family who has fun together and enjoys their new home away from home. If there is anyone out there who can’t find a way to relax…give Todd a call. He’ll be the first to tell you that Heritage is the answer.Source: Heritage Motor Coach Resort and Marina
Millennium Heads to The Dell for their Spring Rally
Hearthside Congratulates Millennium on their New Facilities
Millennium Luxury Coaches Announces the Grand Opening of their New 8,000 sq. ft. Sales and Service Center! Located just a few blocks from their production facility and conveniently right off I-4, their new facility services all makes and models of RV’s with a fully stocked parts department. “The demand for remodeling and upgrades has increased so much in the last year, it just made sense,” says President Nelson Figueroa. The new facility features inside and outside covered parking, as well as 50 amp service; a real convenience for those who are staying in their coach while obtaining service.
Whether designing a new coach or just adding an exciting fresh look to an existing coach, the new Design Center is fully equipped to meet everyone’s needs. With over 2,000 vendors represented there’s something for everyone. Millennium has established relationships with “stocking vendors” to maintain easy access to inventory with quick ship times for materials and parts. “We want our clients to be back on the road as quickly as possible!” With the concern for our environment ever growing and the cost of fuel skyrocketing, more and more clients are updating their coaches to make them more environmentally friendly and easier on the pocketbook! “One of the most requested updates in our service department” according to Brian Miller, Service Manager “is the retrofit of active tire monitoring systems to monitor air pressure …properly inflated tires greatly increase your fuel economy.”
Millennium Luxury Coaches believes that when the environment benefits, we all benefit. Great service, new technology and expert knowledge are all vital to this industry, but it’s that extra level of concierge service that sets Millennium Luxury Coaches apart.
I recently had the opportunity to tour the Millennium Luxury Coaches facility in Sanford, Florida. My host for the tour was Evelyn Figueroa, who, with her husband Nelson, own and operate this premiere luxury coach conversion company. Founded in 2001, the Figueroa’s maintain the highest standard of quality in a Luxury Motorhome. Upon entering the office area I was met by Evelyn who set an upbeat friendly tone and clearly expressed her pride in the Millennium product. As the tour progressed it soon became clear that Evelyn’s sense of ownership was equaled by her knowledge of every aspect of coach design, development and service. The facility was clean and well lit. We were able to tour a coach in production and a recently finished coach. As we walked through the different production areas I met people with expertise from hand made cabinetry to ground breaking electronics. Nelson’s engineering background and commitment to improvement in all aspects of coach design is clearly evident in the production process.
Millennium Luxury Coaches chooses the finest materials from the world over to insure that customers having a coach built by Millennium receive the very best. Using a Prevost Bus chassis, Millennium otherwise builds each coach as a unique entity, incorporating the latest technological advances throughout the coach. I was impressed with the computer-based home automation system allowing remote access to coach controls including temperature and lighting. The stunningly appointed interior of a Millennium Luxury Coach is a magnificent alliance of form, function and luxury. Fine wood cabinetry, supple leather upholstery, and smooth lines help make the Millennium Luxury Coach among the finest Luxury Coaches available. For the design of a truly custom coach, take the time to visit Millennium Luxury Coaches in Sanford, Florida. Backed by owners on site who cater to your unique needs, don’t make your choice until you’ve visited Millennium.
Nelson Figueroa, a man who’s going places
It’s been almost 10 years, but I remember it well. I arrived at Vantare (then owned by Mike Guth) to do a coach review for Family Motor Coaching magazine. An affable young fellow named Nelson Figueroa took me on a walk-through of the coach I was to test, and got me quickly on the road. Not only was he an expert about the product at hand (which he had helped to design and build), but he talked in terms that quickly got me up to speed and on my way. At that time, I thought, “This fellow has got it all together. I bet that he makes his mark on the world, be it in luxury motor coaches or, for that matter, anything else that he elects to do.”Recently I met Nelson again, this time at Millennium Luxury Coaches in Sanford, Florida. When he introduced himself as the president and owner of the company, I was not surprised to learn that he has achieved even greater success in this industry.Nelson possesses a strong education and technical background in electronics (aviation, ocean-going vessels, and automotive), as well as mechanical, structural, and fluid systems. Plus he has the creativity that’s required to design and fabricate cutting-edge luxury motorhomes. As Nelson explained to me, great technical minds often lack the ability to focus on the business part of a company. That is why, normally, engineers are engineers and business managers are business managers. So, the second half of this company’s leadership is provided by vice president Evelyn Figueroa, who handles the daily operations of the business while also creating the beautiful interiors for which Millennium is recognized.
In 2001 Nelson and Evelyn combined their talents, experience, and skills and established Millennium Luxury Coaches. With the company’s roots in the yachting industry, its focus on technology, and its use of composite construction, Nelson explains that Millennium coaches are among the lightest for their size on the road today. Located at 1600 Bobby Lee Point, in an industrial park in Sanford, the facility includes 16,000 square feet of floor space, 12 bays where the Millennium Luxury Coaches are created, shop space, and office space, all of which sits on two acres. Nelson and Evelyn have assembled a group of talented individuals, each with an area of expertise that enables them to carry the Millennium banner forward.
Millennium Luxury Coaches employs 42 specialists that include technicians, designers, coach builders, and administrative support. The sales force is led by Chuck Kovacs, who has 11 years of experience in satisfying the needs of clients for new and preowned luxury coaches.Nelson said that the company currently converts a dozen Prevost bus shells each year into luxury coaches — Prevost shells are the only ones Millennium uses. The Millennium team specializes in converting both the H3-45 and the XLII Prevost chassis shells. Several floor plans are available in both coach models, as are special custom floor plans that can be created by the client.
Currently, Millennium Luxury Coaches can be enjoyed with one or two slideouts, which Prevost designs, builds, and installs in its shells. Millennium does not add additional slideouts. Nelson said he believes that the limit placed on the number of slides makes good sense. He noted that he relies on Prevost’s design and engineering expertise to incorporate the slides in its bus shells. When Prevost begins offering three slideouts — which is forecast to be in the near future — only then will Millennium offer triple slideouts in its coach conversions. Nelson said it is a reliability- and quality-based decision. As noted earlier, Millennium converts a dozen shells each year, which is exactly where Evelyn wants the company to be. She explained that 12 coach conversions each year is a comfortable and very doable pace, where the highest level of attention to excellence and detail can be guaranteed.In parallel with the design and conversion side of the business and the sale of preowned luxury coaches is the service side, which Nelson has cultivated and nurtured ever so carefully, and for good reason.
The Millennium service department, located on-site, is one of the business tools that have worked so well for growing this company. Again and again, Nelson said, coach enthusiasts initially come in for scheduled maintenance or the resolution of some systems problem and eventually return to have their coaches renovated and upgraded. When many of these coach owners begin looking around for a new coach or a newer preowned coach, they end up coming back to Millennium, and they tell their motor coaching compatriots about the great service they received from Millennium.
For both H3-45 and XLII coach conversions, the list of equipment that Millennium includes as standard is legion. In fact, a standard-equipped Millennium is all that many custom coach conversion enthusiasts will ever want or need. For example, the bedroom includes a Sony five-disc DVD/CD player, a 32-inch flat-screen monitor, electric shades, a mirrored ceiling, and custom bedding. In the bath area is a custom curved shower and a Headhunter elongated commode. The galley features a full-size, rounded-front side-by-side refrigerator (with in-the-door ice maker and water dispenser); a stacked washer-dryer; a coffee maker; a handheld vacuum cleaner; a pull-out pantry; a glass display cabinet with tumblers and wine glasses; a wine bottle cabinet; and a granite dinette table and galley.
The front lounge or salon area on every Millennium coach features Denon audio-video equipment, a five-disc DVD/CD stereo system with speakers, and a 42-inch flat-screen plasma monitor that is mounted on a motorized lift. The cockpit comes equipped with a Pioneer AM/FM/DVD/GPS/MP3 stereo, a mapping system, a CB radio, electric privacy shades, granite flooring in the stairwell, an Isringhausen air-ride driver’s seat, and a Villa International copilot seat. Millennium heating and air-conditioning systems include only the Aqua-Hot heating system and four rooftop air conditioners with heat pumps. Among the other standard appointments are an in-motion satellite dish, an HWH leveling system, a 17.5-kw PowerTech diesel generator with auto-start feature, two 4,000-watt Trace inverters, a Glendinning electric reel for management of the shoreline cord, and an auxiliary air compressor.