First and foremost, Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether just attained a new high in his life, as he was blessed with his first grandchild in May 2016. George Owen Kiesner is now the center of attention in the family.
Mayor Mike is a Yankton native who graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in commercial economics. He and his wife of 31 years, Cindy, are thrilled to serve the good people of Sioux Falls.
The “First Lady of Sioux Falls” is also the Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Tennis Association and was recognized as the 2016 National Tennis Advocate of the Year by Tennis Industry magazine. The Huethers also were recently honored as the United States Tennis Family of the Year by the United States Tennis Association and named “South Dakota’s Tennis Hero” in The Heroes Issue of Tennis magazine. Their daughter, Kylie, is the Senior Marketing Advisor for Sanford World Clinics, and her husband, David Kiesner, is the Senior Merchandiser for POET Nutrition.
Mike’s leadership skills were first honed by working 15 years for Citibank in South Dakota, New York, and Texas. In 1999, Mike was hired to drive the development efforts of PREMIER Bankcard in Sioux Falls. After a productive ten years there, he resigned his Executive Vice President position to focus full-time on earning the honor to become the Mayor of Sioux Falls. On May 17, 2010, he was sworn in as Mayor and captured a dream he had since the sixth grade. He was soundly reelected for a second term in 2014 and continues to prove that government can indeed “get stuff done.”
The Mayor and his team are rebuilding infrastructure, creating jobs, tackling tough issues like pension reform, and capturing long-overdue quality-of-life investments like our new events center, indoor aquatic center, river greenway and so much more. Mayor Mike knows that when we work together, there is absolutely nothing we can’t accomplish.
In his “spare” time, Mayor Mike enjoys tennis, running, working outdoors, is an avid hunter, and creates as many God-given memories in life as possible, including hanging out with this grandson, Baby George!