Steve Linder was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, moved around the country, and graduated from high school in Pittsburgh, PA. He was selected for and graduated from, the United States Naval Academy in 1969 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
“I flew the A-4 Skyhawk light attack aircraft and the then-revolutionary AV-8A Harrier vertical and short take-off and landing aircraft,” explained Steve. “I spent nine years on active duty, then joined the Marine Corps Reserve and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1995.”
Following active duty in the Marine Corps, Steve worked for Continental Bank in Chicago, where he earned his Master’s degree from Northwestern University in 1983. He relocated to Las Vegas in 1993 and began his new career in Community Development at Household Bank. Along the way, Household was acquired by HSBC in 2003, and Steve retired in 2012 after 25 years of service.
Throughout his career, Steve was deeply involved in serving the community, which is how he met his wife Janet.
He volunteered for many organizations and served on many non-profit boards including Habitat for Humanity, Women’s Development Center, Junior Achievement, HELP of Southern Nevada, Opportunity Village, and the CCSD Partnership Advisory Council. He is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas and a member of the Las Vegas Rotary Club (President 2014-2015).
Steve also served as the co-chair of United Way’s Financial Stability Partnership Council, helping families to become financially stable.
Because he believes in creating a brighter future for the Valley, Steve serves as a United Way Tocqueville Society member.
“I encourage others to fund those organizations which use donor dollars wisely and have low overhead costs,” said Steve.