It has been said that extraordinary leaders are ordinary human beings who possess an extraordinary vision and put all of their passion, drive and ambition to bring it into fruition. This is what has made EMILIO ESTEFAN one of the most successful producers the music industry has experienced. His passion, unquestionable faith, and ability to keep alive his Latin roots in everything he does, have made Emilio's vision a trademark, a unique sound and a symbol of credibility and prestige.
Emilio has been instrumental in shaping, developing and directing the careers of his superstar wife, Gloria as well as Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Alejandro Fernandez, Thalia, Carlos Vives, and Jennifer López, among many others. His ability to connect with their talent, expression and creativity has been vital in establishing a musical presence second to none. His resume includes over 30 Grammy nominations and 19 Grammy Awards.
Most recently, President Obama honored both Emilio & Gloria with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
ON YOUR FEET!, the Tony Award nominated Broadway musical based on the lives and music of Emilio & Gloria Estefan. As Executive Producers, it is the story of two people who—through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream—showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. The musical is set to Gloria’s chart-topping, world-wide smash hits with one new original song written by Gloria and their daughter Emily Estefan. Since opening ON YOUR FEET! has received rave critical reviews and nominations for Tony Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards and Drama League Awards.
Emilio is one of the few producers that produce events for both General Market and Hispanic Market. He has produced the Latin Grammy’s on CBS, The Hispanic Heritage Awards on NBC, Nuestra Navidad on Univision and Festival People en Español as well as high profile musical productions on HBO and Showtime. His credibility and professionalism are some of the powerful reasons why he is viewed as an Ambassador in the world of cross-over business. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Emilio as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and he has produced over 50 historical musical events at the White House. He was tapped by President Barack Obama to the committee that will create the first National Museum of the American Latino; he sits as the second Vice Chair to the Commission. "It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed by President Obama and to have produced events for the White House. It gives me the opportunity to showcase our Latin roots to very distinguished and important politicians and dignitaries from all over the world.”
Among the many awards and honors that Emilio has received are his Honorary Doctorate degrees from Barry University, University of Miami, Florida International University and Berkley School of Music. He also received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2009. In 2005, Emilio received the BMI Songwriter of the Year award and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Emilio was appointed by President George W. Bush to the board of trustees of The Kennedy Center in 2007.
With the same passion and drive that has helped Emilio achieve success in the music industry, he conquered the hospitality industry as well. The hospitality division within Estefan Enterprises, Inc. encompasses restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. The world-famous Larios on the Beach, on Miami’s Ocean Drive, led the way for the successful chain of Bongos Cuban Café restaurants in Downtown Miami, Hollywood and Orlando, Florida. The Estefans also own the Cardozo Hotel, on Miami Beach, and Costa d’Este, the crown jewel on Florida’s Treasure Coast in Vero Beach.
Emilio has not only proven that the Latin community at large is vital for the evolution of pop music, but he has been instrumental in breaking down barriers that limited its exposure and acceptance around the world. As a true visionary, Emilio has continually experimented and pushed the envelope of blending Latin, pop and world rhythms that have created a unique style and personality. This vision transcends the music field and spills over into film, television, hotels and restaurants, among other endeavors. After more than a quarter of a century producing music for some of the biggest and brightest stars in the music business, Emilio has also put his indelible vision in the television and movie industry. His main objective, as it always has been, is to shatter the stereotypes that have been a part of the Latin community for decades in film and TV. In 2008, Emilio produced and directed his first full-length documentary film, “90 Millas,” based on the pioneers and history of Cuban music. The film received critical accolades after premiering in the Tribecca Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival.
The documentary film, “An Unbreakable Bond” based on the life story of Marc & Nick Buoniconti’s undying commitment towards finding a cure for paralysis, (directed & produced by Estefan), will premiere at National & International film festivals in 2014.
Early in 2014, Estefan was appointed Miami-Dade Special Ambassador by Commissioner Jean Monestime, a decision approved unanimously by the County Commission. In his unpaid four-year non-partisan role, Emilio will represent the Miami-Dade community at an international level to encourage and promote the diversity of business and trade.
Estefan and Botrán Rum created a strategic marketing alliance including a personal endorsement by Estefan. Estefan’s passion for the brand derives from the qualities of heritage, commitment and fine taste that Botran embodies. Through his role, Estefan will help promote the brand throughout the U.S., leading a multi-channel marketing campaign with the mantra “The Night Begins with Botran”.
Estefan became an AARP Life Reimagined ambassador in 2013. In his new role, Emilio is sharing his expertise on a variety of subjects, including his passion for living, mentoring, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and much more.
Estefan presented The Exile Experience: a journey to freedom in collaboration with The Miami Herald in 2011. The Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom is a groundbreaking historical chronicle that tells the personal stories of those who fled the island and celebrates the accomplishments of the Cuban-American community.
In 2010, Emilio added the title of best-selling author to his long list of credits with the release of The Rhythm of Success - How an Immigrant Produced his own American Dream. It chronicles the story of his perseverance in succeeding both in his personal and professional life.
Emilio became the first Cuban-American to become a minority share-holder in an NFL franchise, joining the ownership of the Miami Dolphins in 2009. In June of 2012, Emilio announced a partnership deal with Target Corp. to curate a special selection of his favorite music, movies and books. “Emilio Estefan’s Picks” is featured in the Entertainment department of Target stores nationwide and features his exclusive line of Monster Headphones titled, “Sound Machine”—designed specifically to enhance the quality and sound of Latin, rhythmic music.
Emilio and Gloria Estefan created The Gloria Estefan Foundation with the purpose of supporting various organizations with a specific vision of working toward research and a cure for spinal cord injuries and for various illnesses that affect children all over the world.
Musician, producer, creator, visionary, husband, father, friend and distinguished person of the community, Emilio Estefan symbolizes and embellishes the new Latino in the world. His passion for life and his uncanny ability to identify and unite forces with different cultures in a very unique and powerful way have not only been his trademark in the entertainment business but also in his personal life. That is the main reason why he affirms that when a vision is created from a place of love and respect, it will only grow when you put commitment behind it. The results of his success continue to speak for themselves. His passion, faith and ability to keep alive his Latin roots have made Emilio Estefan a symbol of credibility and prestige.