Friday, February 18, 2011

RIP Darrell Milstead

Darrell D. Milstead was the founder and CEO of Nandar Entertainment and Silver Cinema. He brought an impressive and multifaceted record of business and management success to this new endeavor.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, and an Air Force veteran, he began his career in engineering as an electrical apprentice and was soon on a rapid climb through the ranks and into management positions with more than 9 different companies. He has been responsible for multi-million dollar design and construction operations in more than 20 states all across America.

His executive reputation was built on his skills in value engineering, high-level trouble-shooting, and the ability to motivate employees while containing costs, maximizing productivity, and increasing profits. From his days as a foreman and project manager to his years as President and Chairman of the Board, Milstead believed in the philosophy of teamwork and a lean management team. He also practiced and wass emphatic about the role of continuing education and training for all staff and executives. He recognized the value of expanding one's knowledge in the technical, creative and marketing spheres of their order to keep on the forward edge of progress on all levels.

In addition to his credentials and achievements as a corporate leader, Milstead had a unique background in the a musician, dancer, stage designer, actor, director and producer. His well-rounded lifestyle also included such diverse activities as: piloting light aircraft, open water diving, water and first aid instructor, judo and martial arts competition, ranch operator and horse trainer, rifle marksmanship, former training officer for the Arizona Rangers, former Captain of the Cass County Sheriff's Posse, and founding member of Reel Cowboys.

The extraordinary combination of business experience, executive skill, creative know-how, and extra-curricular insights, brought a special new energy and spirit of independence and innovation to the motion picture industry.

Milstead believed that success began with a clear vision and realistic goals. To his he added simplicity of operations, entrepreneurial enthusiasm, discipline, and intelligent decision-making...all this plus a willingness to adapt to change, the recognition of invisible opportunities and a work ethic that balances the wise use of time and money.

Born: 4/1/1934, Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 2/14/2011, California, U.S.A.

Darrell Milstead's western - producer:
True Legends of the West - 2003


  1. I cannot thank you enough for the nice write up regarding my father. The entertainment business was his love and passion in which we shared and we will keep his dream alive. We love you and miss you Dad - you are always in my heart and I am proud to be your daughter. You raised us well, to respect others and our word is everything we should stand by.

  2. Just wanted to take a moment to THANK the writer of this piece...whoever you are. I am the daughter-in-law. He and I were pretty much joined at the hip for the past 5 years. The words you wrote about my dad (father-in-law) are right on target!! He was a wonderful man and this is a beautiful passage you have written!! I THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART - and I say that for the whole family. We miss him each and every day!!! So, again, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!! LOVE YOU DAD!!

  3. Condolences to you both. Darrell will not be forgotten but always remembered here.

  4. This is my father and he was a great Man... He was not just my father but he was my best friend, someone that I could talk to about anything at all. He is so.. love and miss. I wish he was here for me to have those long sit down talks over a Ice Cold Beer. He is who made me who I am today, I have followed him by example. I love you Dad and we all miss you and love you so, so much. R.I.P. Dad and know that you are always in all our thoughts all the time.