Sherrexcia “Rexy” Rolle is only 29-years old, but she is currently running one of the largest the largest black-owned airline in the Bahamas. Rolle serves as the Vice President of Operations and General Counsel for Western Air. The airline is valued at a whopping $90 million. The company was founded by her parents.
She recently sat down with Bauce Magazine to speak out her incredible career.
“My father started his career in the aviation industry as a private pilot by trade, however, owning his own airlines and developing it in the Bahamas was a lifelong dream of his. My parents worked tirelessly and persevered in developing this business by saving their money and doing their research with various aircraft brokers. My parents were eventually fortunate enough through faith, their persistence and dedication in their business plan to [receive offers] from two aviation investors from the U.S. From that moment moving forward, Western Air Limited was a dream that is now a reality.”
She also talked about what it’s like being a female executive in a male-dominated industry.
“In these cases, like most women, we have our intuition and what I learned is that we must follow it. The minute I sense a meeting has turned beyond the level of business, I shut it down immediately. I learned that if you want people to take you seriously, especially in this industry where I have to constantly negotiate claims and deal with serious regulations, you must be confident in what you know and only do business with people who are focused on the mission in sealing the deal. Anyone that has approached me in any other manner allowed me to know that I would not be doing business with them.”
In its initial stage, the company was facing the issues of delays and time management. The company with the help of Rexy found out favorable solutions and solved the issue. They fine-tuned the arrival and departure timings. She handled all the strategic acquisitions for making Western Air successful.
She even opened a 28,000-sq. ft. private passenger terminal and look after the maintenance facility. It was the first of such kind in Bahamas.
Rexy wants the airlines to be noticed internationally, so she is increasing the social presence, and have more expansion plans for the year 2018.
Rexy is an inspiration to every woman, she said, “Be confident in what you know and I say that over again. Trust your staff, partners and most important on yourself.”