Michael Mistler was a dedicated and focused student/ athlete while at Sahuaro. He was selected to the All City football team and also participated in the Any Town program during the summer of 1977. He graduated in 1978 from Sahuaro and went on to college at New Mexico State University where he received a double bachelor’s degree in marketing & management while playing varsity football for the New Mexico State Aggies.
Upon graduation from NMSU in 1982, Michael began his tremendously successful career in Information Technology Sales with the NCR Corporation; and in his 32 years in the Technology Industry has worked for such companies as NCR, AT&T, and IBM. One of Michael’s highest accolades was receiving the Chairman’s Award for outstanding sales results achieved while working for NCR. During his time with NCR in the mid 1980’s he also received an MBA from Texas Tech University. Michael is currently employed as the Senior Director of Business Partnerships for the Americas at Syncsort Corporation, a privately held Information Technology Company based in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.
Michael’s foundation and focus is his faith and his family. He sits on several executive boards that support the Catholic Church. He has participated and supported the Big Brothers / Big Sisters program and volunteers regularly as a mentor to other New Mexico State athletes. Michael believes in leading young people to the path to accomplish their dreams and goals – whatever they may be. He is a role model for many – in his career path, as well as community involvement.
Michael and his wife, Tracy, recently celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary and have made their home for the past 23 years in Overland Park, Kansas where they raised their daughter, Lauren, currently a senior at Creighton University; and their son, Forrest, a student at the Institute of Audio Engineering Arts. Michael was the third Mistler to be inducted into the Sahuaro Hall of Fame in 2011 joining his brothers – John, 1999 and Mark, 2002. This is another first for the Sahuaro Hall of Fame.