The essence of luxury, Millennium Luxury Coaches was the vision of husband and wife team, Nelson and Evelyn Figueroa. This dynamic duo revolutionized the Prevost conversion industry in 2001 when they debuted the first Millennium coach. Their passion for all things Prevost was born out of Nelson’s love of avionics, technology and anything that floats on water. (He has a desperate desire for a boat which Evelyn squashes on a weekly basis.) Nelson’s love affair with coaches started in the mid 90’s when he left a career in military avionics and high speed luxury yachts to combine the best that the aviation, marine and RV industry had to offer. After a decade of designing electrical systems and running the manufacturing and service facility for a luxury coach manufacturer, he coerced, compelled and convinced his wife Evelyn to start their own business. “I tried not to give her too much time to think about it,” says Nelson, “I definitely oversold it at that point!”
When passion and hard work collide, great things happen!
Millennium started in early 2001 with only four employees in a 2,500 sq. ft. storage unit, and over the past decade has grown from a small family owned startup, into a thriving business with close to 100 employees occupying a 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. As any entrepreneur can testify, both Nelson and Evelyn have had to wear many hats along the way. In the early days you could often find Nelson in a bay wiring an inverter and Evelyn balancing baby Adam on her hip while convincing the plywood vendor to ship them material on credit. “Our daughter Alex would be on the floor drawing at my feet and Adam in his high chair playing with my adding machine,” says Evelyn, “I’d be on the phone trying to beg, borrow and steal so we could make payroll while trying to figure out how to rob Peter to pay Paul.” It’s that passion, hard work and dedication that have led to the meteoric success of Millennium.
What started as a dream to build a few coaches and focus on repairs and remodels, quickly changed when the RV industries got a good look at the first few Millenniums. The response was immediate and definitive; the luxury RV industry was ready for a fresh approach. The excitement at RV shows was almost palpable as coach owners clamored to see the new technology Millennium was bringing to the industry. Today Millennium has an annual production of 14 units and along with pre-owned sales, offers a full-service approach combining services such as coach storage and consignments along with collision repair, remodels and maintenance.
Their out-of-the-box approach creates a constant flow of exciting advancements in the industry. Together they’ve assembled an amazing team of individuals, all sharing a passion for perfection!
Co-owner of Millennium, Nelson Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico where he spent every available moment in construction or destruction. He could take a transistor radio apart and reassemble it by the age of 6. It was this love of electronics that lead him to join the US Army at the age of 17. His recruitment in the Night Stalkers 160th Special Operations Aviation Unit changed the trajectory of his military career. 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. Nelson often worked with advanced technology years before it ever made it to the civilian market.
Upon his honorable discharge from the military, Nelson put this knowledge to use in the luxury yacht industry, designing electrical systems for well-known super yachts such as Lady Rex and The Viper. In the early 90s, Nelson was approached by Mike Guth, the founder of Vantare, to design the electrical system on the first Vantare luxury coach. What ensued was over a decade of research and development as he designed and developed new systems and components for the luxury motor coach market. Now Nelson heads up Research and Development and Product Innovation for Millennium and personally overseas the building process of every coach in production.
As co-owner of Millennium Luxury Coaches you’ll find Evelyn equally at home in the board room or design center. A typical entrepreneur, she still wears a lot of hats. Evelyn started her first business at the age of 12 doing odd jobs for neighbors, which she farmed out to her younger friends and cousins Tom Sawyer-style. By the age of 16 she was managing a local retail store with a staff of over 20 employees. Evelyn moved to Florida at the age of 18 where she pursued a career in trauma nursing.
Evelyn’s love of design was fueled early on with design projects that included interior remodels and architectural and landscape design. She understands where form meets function in an RV and with a focus on quality and a critical eye for detail, she has the ability to create stylish and elegant interiors that are luxurious as well as spacious and functional.
Nelson and Evelyn met in college, where he ruthlessly pursued her until she gave in. Avid RV’ers themselves, you can often find Nelson, Evelyn and the family out in the RV parks or traveling cross country in a Millennium…frequently joining new owners as they make their maiden voyages.
You’ll often find the Figueroa’s children, Alex and Adam somewhere around Millennium. Adam loves working in R&D with dad and Alex is usually the friendly voice answering the phone when you call in to Millennium. In their free time, if they’re not out “glamping” at a beautiful RV park, you may find the whole family snowboarding down a mountain or Nelson and Evelyn competing in a local ballroom dance competition (yes Nelson does wear the spandex leotard!). The whole family are avid SCUBA divers and long distance cyclers, but they still find time to give back to their community through active involvement with their church and youth group and frequently volunteer at local charities such as The Coalition for the Homeless, Ronald McDonald House and the Christian Home and Bible School