W G “Geno” Withelder was born and raised in the “coal country” of East Central Pennsylvania. After attending public schools and graduating, Councilmember Withelder immediately enlisted in the U. S. Navy. Initial military service consisted of boot camp in Bainbridge, Maryland, and Naval Air Technical Training in Norman, Oklahoma. After successful completion of the NATTC schools, Councilmember Withelder was transferred to Fighter Squadron (VF-53) Fifty Three based at Moffett Field, California. Subsequent duty consisted of a tour of duty in the far East on the Aircraft Carrier USS Kearsarge for a period of nine months with a return to Moffett Field and discharge four years later.
Councilmember Withelder then returned to Pennsylvania and worked in his family’s local restaurant and tavern. After living in California for four years, it didn’t take long to escape the coal and cold of Pennsylvania, and he returned to California. With the love of the hospitality industry, Councilmember Withelder immediately went to work for a very high profile French restaurant where he honed his skills in all facets of the business. Shortly after that, he entered private business in the same industry.
Councilmember Withelder has been a Licensed Realtor since 1981, and has been a Licensed Broker in the State of Nevada since 2005 and has been the Broker for Premier Properties since 2010. He also holds the distinction of being a Licensed Business Broker in Nevada
Councilmember Withelder and his wife Barbara have been residents of Mesquite since 2002, and have been very active in the community. They are also the parents of four children, seven grandchildren, and three Chihuauas.
Councilman Withelder is the Mayor Pro-tem and represents the City of Mesquite on the Nevada League of Cities Board of Directors. He also is the City's representative to the National League of Cities.