Friday, February 18, 2011
RIP Darrell Milstead
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 business...in 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 arts...as 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