Michael grew up in Hamburg, Iowa and is co-Owner of Sidewinders; in his spare time, he helps produce shows with the Southwest Arts Group. He has over 20 years of management level experience across various industries. His experience includes Interim General Manager and Director of Marketing for San Felipe's Casino Hollywood, Director of Marketing and Database Marketing for Santa Ana Star Casino, Sr. Marketing Operations Manager for PRIMEDIA Enthusiast Publication, and Operations Manager and Executive Account Manager for Palm Coast Data. He is also a recipient of the Cumbre Public Relations Awards; Best of Show for New Mexico Open, Gold Award Relationship Management, and Silver for Branding Campaign; New Mexico American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year Award, best multi-media branding campaign (company received); Barona/VCAT Marketing Excellence Award - Branding and Multi-channel Marketing; and over 25 Romero Casino Marketing Awards - "Large Casino" - in Promotional, Multi-Media, E-Marketing, and Public Relations. Michael is based out of Albuquerque New Mexico.
Music Commissioner Renato Estacio-Burdick, MBA, MMus.
Co-Owner, Sidewinders Ranch and Twist
Estacio-Burdick is the Artistic Director of the Black Cat Cabaret and has been active for 30+ years in productions to include musicals, operas, operettas, theater, in both the U.S. and abroad, with 25 years as a professional entertainer in singing, acting, radio, and voice-over narrator, as well as show host for at least 25 years. As Artistic Director, Estacio-Burdick is focused primarily on guiding artistic excellence, artistic growth, leadership development, and community engagement.
Estacio-Burdick served as Interim Music Director for the Albuquerque Civic Chorus, where they selected repertoire, conducted the ensemble, and facilitated the strategic direction of the organization. As well, they were Music Director for St. Chad’s from 2014-2016. Estacio-Burdick studied acting at the Acting Studio, and voice, movement, and acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in Residence). Estacio-Burdick was District Winner (Nevada/Utah) National Association of Singing, District Winner (Western Texas) Classical Music Award, Mary DeVos Opera Scholarship, and was District Director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Estacio-Burdick maintains a residency at the African American Performing Arts Center, as well as serves as Commissioner of Music for New Mexico where they assist in developing the musical landscape and preservation of music in New Mexico, working in conjunction with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Governor's Office.
Academically, Estacio-Burdick attended Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, OH, where they studied theater, tuba performance, and English literature; from Oberlin, they received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Further academic background includes degrees in marketing (MBA-Honors) and vocal (opera) performance (BMus – Magna Cum Laude/MMus).
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