David Easton Potts

David Potts grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and, after graduating from Texas Christian University, was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force.  David is a retired Air Force colonel.  He held a variety of operational and special duty assignments during three decades of service.  David served at two American embassies: Moscow in the 1980s as assistant air attaché and Prague in the 1990s as defense attaché.  He holds a master of arts degree in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and a doctorate of philosophy in Russian studies from Georgetown University.

In his second career, David worked in international business development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas and then in Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.  In his last corporate position, he was Staff Director for Lockheed Martin International.  David is currently founder and president of Tazewell Strategies, focusing on government business consulting, plus customer relations and sales training in the Washington DC metro area.

David was made a Master Mason in DeWitt-Clinton Lodge No.15 in Northfield, Vermont on March 26, 1977.  In 2010 he joined Cherrydale Lodge No. 42 in Arlington, Virginia and served as its Worshipful Master in 2015.  He is a Past High Priest of Arlington Chapter No. 35 Royal Arch Masons, and Commander of Arlington Commandery No. 29 Knights Templar.  David is also a member of Lord Fairfax Council No. 90 Allied Masonic Degrees and served as President of the District 1A Masters & Wardens Association In 2019.

David and his wife, Paula, live in Arlington, Virginia and are active in the community.  They serve with the Townes of Ballston HOA, local nonprofit and civic organizations, and are ushers at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.