About Michael


A love of the arts brought Mike Dawson and his wife, Julie, to Santa Fe for their retirement, and they now split their time between Santa Fe and the Houston, Texas area where they spent the majority of their lives.

After graduating from the University of Iowa, Mike relocated to Houston and began his career in the energy industry. He retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GlobalSantaFe, an international oilfield service company. Prior to becoming CFO, he served as Vice President and Controller, Treasurer, and Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for GlobalSantaFe. He also held executive financial positions with Union Texas Petroleum and Northern Offshore. Since 2006, Mike has served on the board of Benchmark Electronics, a global electronics manufacturer, where he chairs the Audit Committee.

Growing up in a family where music was a central focus, Mike is excited to serve Treasurer for The Santa Fe Symphony’s Board of Directors and play a role in furthering its mission to bring great music to Santa Fe.

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