The most interesting man in the world
If Mark were to give you directions, you’d never get lost, and would arrive five minutes early. He’s been the featured guest at many celebrity Bachelor Auctions, and raised enough money to end world hunger. The president of the United States consulted him to help plan for Y2K. The Police question him because they find him so interesting. His mustache has experienced more than a lesser man’s entire body. He doesn’t often drink beer, but when he does, he prefers Dos Equis.
As is typical with most great minds, Corey is a man of few words.
We mean REALLY few words. As in most days we’re not sure if he’s programming some amazing new technology, or sleeping. Actually we’d be surprised if Corey does get any sleep, he’s in such high demand around here. Internets down? Call Corey! Need a printer hooked up? Call Corey! Shades Master doesn’t work? Call Corey! As the technical mastermind of our group he gets to work with things like processors, CPU’s, ECM’s, firmware, and 4G. We’re not sure what this one is but we hear it’s better than 3G. Actually we’re not sure what any of it is, but are really thankful we have Corey around to make it all work. Because apart from all this talent, he’s just a really great guy to hang out with; just don’t ask him to talk about it.
Always looks like he just did something really bad…
And he’s in the process of covering it up. Other than being late to work, he says his biggest fear in life is getting caught. We’re not sure if he means by the law, or just his momma. He likes “Good sounding music” which tells us he’s not too picky…except when it comes to food. He’s never met a vegetable that he liked, and his idea of health food runs along the lines of oatmeal cookies. He loves to play racquetball, baseball, shoot hand guns, and work out at the gym. We discouraged the hand gun thing because he already looks guilty enough. No need to tempt fate. Willie loves hanging out with his wife Natalie and his dog Jake, which coincidentally enough is Willie’s nickname. Jake has the amazing ability to convert food to hair (Jake the dog, not Willie-Jake…stay with us people).You’re not the only ones confused here. When Natalie starts yelling at Jake, they both head to the doghouse. Despite his penchant for mischief, he has one hard and fast rule that he lives by…”Women are always right, I am always wrong, and the phrase “I’m fine” is the calm before the storm”. Willie is a very wise man.
She retired last year…
…but since she still comes to work everyday, we’re not sure if anyone told her. We’re all just kind of keeping it a secret because we really like having her around. For fun, Virginia likes to chase moles around her yard, and digs up her plants every two weeks and rearranges them. She calls it gardening, and assures us its lots of fun. We’re not convinced. She’s married to Richard, an honorary Millennium employee. That means he does a lot of work, and doesn’t get paid. Technically, Richard’s retired too. Together they help make all of the Millennium events a lot more fun, a little more organized, and slightly less chaotic. We really hope they don’t figure out what retired means.
We call Victor “The Fixer”
Kind of like “The Fixer”. He’s one of the few men we know whose sole purpose is to put things where they belong, exactly in their place. We’re not sure if this is a learned trait, as it is not inherent to the species. But Victor has mastered it. He can line a door up to within 1/16” of exactness. Install a locking mechanism that feels like perfection to the hand. Fit a counter top so perfectly it would make you cry. He is the master of his world, The Commander of precision. He is, The Installer!
Telly Love, and that’s not a stage name!
Telly has the best name of anyone at Milennium, we voted, He won. How could he have lost with a name like Telly Love. Folk’s, we’re not making that up! We just like to say it. Telly Love. Telly Love. Telly Love. You’re saying it now too, aren’t you?! As much as we like his name, we like him even more. He’s kind, and helpful, and he’s never blown anything up or caught anything on fire; which is really important since he’s in charge of our Electrical Department.
Don’t let that smile fool you
The first thing you think when you meet Mladenka is “I’m never going to remember her name.” The second thing you’ll think is that she’s the nicest person you’ve ever met, she never leaves her smile at home and is always willing to lend a helping hand. She also has this amazing ability to stretch yards and yards of fabric and make it lay perfectly straight with nary a wrinkle. You try it, it has reduced grown men to tears.
Hunting and Archery might be his hobbies, but being a loving father and a hopeless romantic is what Michael is best at. We’ll take his word for it, because we frown upon that behavior in the workplace. Michael enjoys all types of music from Mozart to Kid Rock, but we don’t hold that against him. Michael has mad skills too. He knows like 600 different kinds of filters and can park a bus on a dime, well, maybe a quarter. And he knows lots of stuff, real important stuff. We don’t have room to list all the stuff…but it’s a lot…of stuff.
He really likes to get dirty
We’re pretty sure he made mud pies as a child. He starts every day all fresh and clean like a daisy, well a manly kind of daisy. But somehow by the end he’s covered in grease and grime. We think he’s just doing it to look really busy, or for job security. It works…no one wants his job. He’s the master at making tires line up and go straight. Kind of like a really strict second grade teacher. He just looks at them and they get in line…sort of. Well it’s a bit more complicated, but he makes it look easy.
The Drill Sergeant
Joanne can get numbers to line up and behave faster than a drill sergeant! She uses words like debit, credit, ledger, and our favorite, “recon.” We pretend to understand what she does, but really we think it’s just magic. As intimidating as all this sounds, she’s also just about the nicest person you’ll ever meet…just don’t try and sneak an expense report by her!
He really likes things that are old and broken down
Specifically vehicles. Give him a 1988 Isuzu pickup with no engine and a rotted floor board, and he’s in heaven. He can make about three years out of that project. Here at Millennium, he puts those skills to use heading up our Mechanical department. He likes to play with things like linear actuators, and check valves. He’s an expert on how toilets flush, and where the black water goes. We don’t ask questions about any of it, we’re afraid he might ask for our help.
A really nice Guy
And he’s polite…very polite. Like he says please and thank you a lot and opens doors for people. He was born in the small town of Medway, Massachusetts. We understand they’re very polite there too. When you don’t find Jim in the shop under a bus, you can find him heading to a car show, listening to classic rock, or playing a little volleyball. Jim’s also a bus guy, a polite bus guy. He knows just about anything worth knowing about buses and he can fix just about anything on buses. If you say please… and thank you.
He likes to build things
Just give him some blueprints, a tape measure, and a hammer, and he can build just about anything. We have to keep that quiet though, because his wife wants a new Great Room. He’s really smart too. He uses measurements like 12 1/16”. Really????? How important can that 1/16” be? According to Jeff, VERY important. Like life or death important. Like if we lost it or something, we’d be in trouble.
With Zerrin, nothing is as it seems.
Don’t be fooled by her innocent doe-eyed demeanor, she could out-wit John Stewart any day. She’ll lure you in with the German chocolates at her desk and then bluntly correct your grammar any chance she gets. She tells us stories of her travels, like the time she was held at gunpoint by soldiers in Eastern Europe, like it’s the most common thing in the world. Zerrin is a perfectionist when it comes to her work, but we tend to lose her under a pile of files from time to time. She swears that it’s an “organized mess”, but the jury is still out on that one.
Bob has his head in the clouds…well…he used to…literally.
For years Bob worked to restore antique aircrafts, and even got to help restore a Steerman 1929, an aircraft flown by Charles Lindbergh! Even now he still likes to build model aircrafts in his spare time, sounds difficult right? Well that’s the thing about Bob, he loves a challenge. You just can’t tell the man that he can’t do something…Well you could, but he’d probably get it done anyways.
Even before we had final confirmation
We knew Chris was a Boy Scout. Not just your every day, run of the mill Boy Scout, but the card carrying, merit badge wearing, ‘walk the old lady across the street’ kind of Boy Scout. Chris is married to Lauren, we really like Lauren. Not just because she’s nice (she is), or because she puts up with Chris’s crazy schedule (she does), but because sometimes, for no apparent reason, she bakes us good stuff. As amazing as all of this is, you can spend about five minutes with Chris and know that his favorite job is being a husband and dad. He puts God and family before anything else, and if his house was on fire, he said he’d grab his computer, car keys, and CLOTHING FOR THE FAMILY?! Now folks, that deserves a merit badge.
He is like a Swiss Army Knife
No matter what you’re trying to do, he comes in handy. For fun he creates spreadsheets, flow-charts, and reads instruction manuals. He’s the guy that actually reads the fine print, quotes the fine print, and will probably make a graph of the finer details for the rest of us. Whether it’s the best restaurant for dinner or the hottest nightspot for networking, Bob can name it, send you the Google Map link, and tell you the best night to go. He probably has it all in a pie chart. We think everyone should have their very own Bob; we’re not sure how the rest of the world gets by without one!
He is the puzzle master
The organizer of chaos. He can take a pile of boxes and turn it into a luxury motor home in 6.5 seconds. He can hang wall paper, which we all know is the thing that separates the boys from the men, and turn pieces of scrap wood into works of art. We think he’s a super hero, but without the cape and tights. Well, at least he’s never worn them to work… that we know of. We’ll we’ve never really checked.
She is known as the gifted purvey’er of thingamajigs, doodads, and whatchamacallit’s
Need a wingnut in Wyoming, no problem. A left handed widget in Las Vegas by eleven, it’s handled! A doodad from Delaware by noon, she’s on it! She’s the gal that makes sure whatever we need is on the shelf. She also has the amazing talent of recalling almost every part number in existence. “Do you mean the 279582DH29?” She’s the fastes Googler we know, and can find the last limited edition thingamajig in existence, and get it to us by noon, yesterday. In the right color, the right size, and jewel encrusted if we ask nicely. She’s also the proud owner of the “Messiest Desk at Millennium” award.
He is game for just about anything
Put a 55,000 pound coach on a lift and raise it six feet in the air, no problem. Strap on a rope and swing from the rafters, let’s do it! If we were setting sail for Timbuktu at precisely three o’clock this afternoon, Barry would be the first on the boat. His is the first hand to go up when we ask for volunteers. And he not only volunteers himself, but his family too!
He is our Resident Social Director
If we had a position open in the Party Planning department, he’d be the first to apply. Actually, we don’t have a Party Planning department, but we’re pretty sure that if we start one, Amauri will be there Monday morning with application in hand. He loves people. Any people. Short, tall, skinny, or large, he just loves people. Not the weird, awkward ‘I wanna stuff you in a trash bag and take you home’ kind of love, but the friendy, eager, ‘I want to get to know you’ kind of love. We’ve never seen him have a bad day, he’s always in a good mood. We really think if Julie from the Love Boat had been a Cuban Cabinet maker that loved sunsets and long walks on the beach she could have been Amauri…but not in a weird way.
Alex and Adam
He is game for just about anything
Often referred to as “little Evelyn and Nelson”, their kids, Alex and Adam, are just as big a part of the the team family as mom and dad. Whether they’re showing coaches, working in the office, or dumping trash, they love being part of Millennium. Adam is the best sales guy in the industry, and really knows his coaches. He’s been part of Millennium since he was a baby in his high chair sitting in the cabinet shop while dad built buses. Alex has worked alongside mom, Evelyn, designing coaches since she was eight, and is often the friendly voice on the other end of the line when you call Millennium. Truly the future of our industry, they’ve both been a part of it since birth.
If Steve were a cowboy,
Except he’d be riding a bicycle instead of a horse and it would be on the beach instead of on the range. They call him Grumpy but he’s not grumpy at all, we’re really not sure why they call him grumpy, now that we think about it, better just call him Steve. He’s the kind of guy that asks “How are you?” and he really wants to know and will call you just to check on you. Are you getting the picture here? Steve’s just a really nice guy….who enjoys long rides on the beach at sunset.
Picasso has nothing on Steve!
He can shade, fade and faux just about anything and wields a buffer with expert precision. He’s a Tennessee boy that camps and plays with guns. You can call him Steve or “Big Country” just don’t call him late for dinner. We all learned early on you don’t want to be behind Steve in the lunch line.
She makes us look good!
She makes sure all of our colors match and that we have enough of those fluffy pillows on the bed. If we’ve got mismatched accessories, clashing decor or even toilet paper on our shoe. She’ll be the first to point it out. Although she’s usually very serious, if you’re lucky enough to make her smile it’ll light up the whole room and be totally worth the effort. The love of her life is her baby Rocco. We use the term “baby” very loosely since he’s a 50 pound pit bull. Dinora assures us he’s very tender hearted though, we’ll just take her word for it.
His reputation precedes him wherever he goes!
He’s the one, the only, the infamous Wizard of Wonder. We just call him Mike though. When havoc has been wrought and the sky is not just falling but firmly on the ground we turn to Mike to rehang the moon. He’s fluent in the magical language of electronics. As impressive as Mike’s technical talents are, his most amazing skill is being a great dad.
He keeps the roof over our head, or at least the ceiling!
Jim keeps the roof over our head, or at least the ceiling. He’s been designing, building and installing our signature coach ceilings for years. That’s something you never think about, the guy that builds the ceilings, but Jim’s styling’s are a work of art, and a credit to his craftsmanship. A true Florida native, when he’s not building ceilings he spends most of his time making sure he’s not under one, enjoying fishing, playing tennis or doing something on the water.
We weren’t really sure what to say about her but we knew it needed to be good.
Or she’d just change it since she’s our web master. She speaks computer. Not like R2D2 but like those really technical people that sound super smart and says things like “I’m working on the CSS” which stands for Cascading Style Sheets (like that makes it perfectly clear!) We do know she makes us look really good and we’d be lost without her. Christine also has an artistic side and enjoys photography. She’s really good at photoshop too, which is good because we’re not all as skilled with a camera as she is.
She is like sunshine
Not the hot make you sweaty give you a bad burn kind but the warm, make you smile glad it’s there kind. She’s the gal that always holds the elevator door for you, let’s you cut in line and gives you her last piece of gum. You’d never know she’s into 4-wheeling, hiking and hunting and she’s never met a roller coaster she didn’t like. We figure she doesn’t actually shoot the animals; the gun’s just to let them know she means business; she probably just offers them gum.
She has 31 flavors of laughter
…from a snicker to a snort, all of which can be heard from anywhere within our office. Her family has actually banned her from watching funny movies on airplanes after 10pm. She’s our Dr. Phil, Martha Stewart, and Wonder Woman all rolled into one! She can turn tragedy into triumph, whip up Duck L’Orange while deciding which fabric best compliments the backsplash, and has been known, upon occasion, to us her Lasso of Truth on us. We just call her the chief cook and bottle washer! She does double duty when we need extra help on the road and is equally at home in the boardroom or the parts department checking in packages. When she’s not washing a coach, driving a coach, or designing a coach, she’s probably sliding down the mountain on her snowboard with the whole Figueroa clan close behind, or cha-cha’ing around the dance floor with Nelson. She’s always ready for a new adventure. That’s a good thing considering she’s married to MacGyver!
The RV Guru and our Fearless Leader!
If this guy doesn’t know it, its probably not worth knowing. Give the man a ball point pen, some duct tape, and a turkey baster, and he can hot wire a car in ten seconds flat (or really scare a turkey). His superhuman Powers include making everyone feel as if their problem is the most important one he’s trying to solve. Diagnosing even the most challenging of issues, and most importantly, he can whip up some of the best waffles you’ve ever tasted. Even if it takes two hours, requires a lot of supervision, and results in two sinks full of dirty dishes! When he’s not fulfilling his superhero duties he’s usually about 9,000 feet about sea level with a snow board strapped to his feet, or 100’ below sea level chasing fish around in his SCUBA gear. When forced to keep his feet planted on dry ground, he’s probably flying across the dance floor. He’s a competitive ballroom dancer, and got the trophies to prove it!
Brenda’s kids think she’s weird
(we parents tend to take those things as a compliment)
Her biggest fear is that she won’t know everything about everything; we figure she’s got nothing to worry about. She’s an avid cyclist, kayaker and outdoors woman.She listens to classical, jazz and classic rock music and she’s traveled extensively throughout Europe. But the most impressive fact, and our personal favorite, she currently lives in an RV! We figure she’s well on her way to replacing Wikipedia.
He may be a dad, but he sure is a kid at heart.
He loves guns, cars, and rock music; yes we promise he’s actually a responsible adult! Mike’s favorite thing to do outside of work is car restoration. He still has his very first car- a 1968 Dodge Charger- that he’s held on to since 1986! Mike works in the cabinet shop, and he says his favorite thing about making cabinets is that each and every project he does is different, even though he can make a hundred cabinets, each one has a different challenge, and sometimes that involves fitting a client’s entire shoe collection in two square feet. There’s usually counseling involved in that one.
He actually goes by Ed, but we think Edmondo fits him better.
This talented upholsterer is a very well traveled man, born in Guyana, he moved to New York when he was 27, then finally Florida. To add to it, Ed loves pretty much any kind of music, he even listens to Opera when he gets home from work! Ed’s favorite part about doing upholstery work is the creative process; he takes great pride in all his work, and doesn’t give up until it’s perfect! We love that about Edmondo.
Brett “The Cleaner”
He works hard to ‘take out’ those big messes.
He also does the dirty work it takes to keep the facility running smoothly. When he’s not making sure everything is spic and span, Brett loves to spend time with his two kids, and two grandkids, and catch the latest sports game. His favorite NFL team is the Dolphins, but he loves watching the Florida Gators play just as much! Some of his favorite memories are tailgating before a game, and he says it almost is better than sitting on the bleachers!
Derek loves sports, especially NASCAR.
That’s probably because he’s rubbed elbows with a lot of the drivers! Working in the RV business since 2001, Derek has met plenty of famous athletes, Nascar drivers, and even some famous movie stars. He’s rubbed elbows with big names like Larry the Cable Guy, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Rusty Wallace, Ken Griffy Jr., and even Britney Spears! We’re thinking if the bus building thing doesn’t work out he’d make a good paparazzi!
This Alabama native refuses to be seen in public without her houndstooth accessories,
whether it be a lunch box or infinity scarf. She’s one stubborn woman, having lived for in Florida for 18 years, she still refuses to lose her accent. As sweet as she is, we don’t know many that have said no to her, that coupled with her experience in the industry, makes this southern belle one of our biggest assets. When she’s not busy making everyone’s life easier at Millennium, Melanie is happiest when she spends time with her beloved children and grandchildren (she has 3 of each!). If she could have been anything else, she would have been extreme wildlife photographer. We’re not 100% sure if she knows that a part of the job is sitting still for long periods of time. Let’s just say, it’s not one of her strong suits.
Mike got so excited when he found out he would be featured on the employee bio page,
because that’s the reason he came to work for Millennium. Mike says that when he read what everyone who worked at Millennium had to say, he just had to come be a part of The Millennium Team. Mike has a lovely wife, and 2 beautiful daughters, so he spends most of his spare time at tea parties and showing off the jewelry his daughter makes for him. Mike also loves fishing, and once caught a 45 pound Amber Jack while on a deep sea excursion with his family! Mike says his favorite thing about his job is all the kind and interesting people he meets when he’s working on clients’ coaches.
When he isn’t spending time with his family or enjoying peaceful day fishing,
he’s playing with fabric and leather and buttons and foam. He is a master at making each and every Millennium dash, sofa and pillow pleat look perfect. Mike says the most exciting thing about his job is patterning new furniture. He loves the challenge of looking at a chair and having to draw up a pattern lickety split! OK, Mike didn’t actually say “lickety split.” We just thought it sounded really good. He may make us change it. On the weekends he loves spending time with his wife and son, and spending a peaceful day fishing.