It’s with great pleasure to announce that I’ve been selected as one of the Westchester Power 50. I am deeply thankful to be in the company of individuals who are accomplished, philanthropic and influential.
I'm happy to announce that I will be sitting alongside Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Kara Mac (Schwartz), and Stacey Tompkins as a panelist for the Professional Women of Westchester Mission Possible event. It is quite the honor to be asked to discuss what drives female business leaders.
I look forward to meeting and connecting with you all.
I was delighted to be asked to be Westchester Community College's commencement speaker. What a thrill to address the graduates as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Congratulations to the graduates and special thank you to Westchester Community College for inviting me to speak. This will forever be a moment to remember and reflect on.
Millie Hernandez-Becker was delighted to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new Million Air hangar at the Westchester Airport with client Roger Woolsey, Million Air CEO. The new facility will hold and service 13 aircraft for the Houston-based private aviation company, which it says will help grow the local economy while decreasing the number of flights daily.
WHITE PLAINS, NY — The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester held its 9th annual In the Company Women luncheon on Friday, May 12 at the Doubletree in Tarrytown. This year’s honorees were Millie Hernandez-Becker, president, and CEO of Skyqueen Enterprises; YWCA Board member, Patricia Mulqueen; Dr. Jin Li, a neurologist with Westchester Medical Center. Keynote speaker for the occasion was Lauren Leader- Chivèe, co-founder, and CEO of All in Together, a nonprofit campaign dedicated to engaging American women in politics and civic action. YWCA board member and Global Head of Bloomberg Corporate Communications, Monica Bertran, served as Master of Ceremonies. Continue Reading
WHITE PLAINS – The YWCA White Plains and Central Westchester in collaboration with the Women’s Research and Education Fund (WREF) will hold the 9th annual In the Company of Women on Friday, May 12 at the DoubleTree in Tarrytown.
This year’s honorees will be Millie Hernandez-Becker, president, and CEO of Skyqueen Enterprises and Dr. Jin Li, a neurologist with Westchester Medical Center. Keynote speaker for the occasion is Lauren Leader-Chivèe, co-founder, and CEO of All in Together, a nonprofit campaign dedicated to engaging American women in politics and civic action. The highly-acclaimed event will draw over 500 diverse and successful women (and a few good men!) from across Westchester County and beyond. Continue Reading
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Millie Hernandez-Becker, president, and CEO of Skyqueen Enterprises, did not fall apart when her husband, David Becker, founder of charter-airline Westchester Air — which Hernandez-Becker managed with him at the time — died in a plane crash in 1994. Nor did she shy away from airplanes, as might have been expected, given the manner of his death. Continue Reading
Millie Hernandez-Becker has an office in a far corner of Westchester County Airport removed from the commercial traffic and hubbub of the main terminal. A sales and marketing specialist and consultant in private aviation, she works from the office of one of her clients, Houston-based Million Air, a fixed base operator serving private travelers and aircraft from Hangar M at the county airport. Continue Reading
Need advice on running an airline or purchasing an airplane? Talk to Millie Hernandez-Becker. She knows the business firsthand.
Hernandez-Becker is the president and CEO of Skyqueen Enterprises, and the former owner of Westchester Air, a regional charter company based in White Plains. During the 1990s she managed and developed Westchester Air with her husband. After his death in a plane crash she successfully ran the company before ultimately selling it for a profit in 2005.
Now she advises fleet owners, individuals and major airports looking for cost-effective solutions to a wide variety of aviation challenges. With over 30 years of experience in the air industry she is one of those leaders who learned the business from the ground up, and is paying it forward by helping future business leaders. She was recently honored by the not-for-profit group Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) which helps female entrepreneurs build successful businesses.
Leveraging Skyqueen Enterprises and her own expertise in business development and operations, Hernandez-Becker is an adviser to private equity firms Goldman Sachs and The Carlyle Group. Her client roster also includes Flex Jet and Million Air.
Entrepreneurship is in Hernandez-Becker’s blood. Her father owned a string of bodegas after emigrating from Puerto Rico. Ultimately, he sold them to start his medallion taxi business, giving Miller the first step in her new career direction.
How did you get interested in this type of business?
I remember growing up in New York City and my dad would drive passengers to JFK airport. I would always ask to go to the airport with him. Aviation was glamorous in those days, and who didn’t want to be a part of that?
What was your first job in the aviation business?
My first job was assistant to the vice president of operations for New York Air. Our biggest competitor was Eastern Shuttle. My first assignment was to watch what the competition did for one week and report back. I looked at the turnaround for getting from the gate, to getting the plane in the air. It became a marketing campaign and we did a commercial about being faster than our competition. I understood the value of on-time service.
How did you become so successful in your field?
I always looked to learn more. I was a ticket agent, flight attendant and assistant to the vice president. For the first five years I learned the airline operation. To become a leader you need the experience, a willingness to learn and become a brand. People look for a promise to deliver a product.
Why do they call you Skyqueen?
It was a nickname given to me by one of the pilots from Westchester Air, because I was taking care of everything. It was my handle and it stuck. When I incorporated my business I decided to use it.
What’s a typical day?
I get up at 5 a.m. I pray and meditate. I visualize my day ahead. I get my son ready, make phone calls. I’m organized and a planner. I think you have to think things through to make them happen for you.
What do you need to be successful in business?
You need three things: A good lawyer, a good accountant and a good partner in home and in business, someone you can trust. Women don’t necessarily learn business automatically, but must be at the table.
Have there been challenges in being a woman in this field?
I’ve never thought about it, being a woman; it was more about my experience and knowledge. It’s been an advantage, men are respectful and able to take direction. As a female CEO the hardest thing is getting access to capital.
Any advice for future leaders?
Be the best you can be. Be presentable and smile. Protect your brand and your reputation. You don’t know where it will take you.