Jeff PottingerInstructor

Jeff joined The Honor Foundation in December 2015, after three years as Senior Director of Executive Education at the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation.  At Darden, Jeff worked closely with clients to develop executive learning programs and strategic direction. Jeff was the Program Manager for various Department of Defense, corporate, and Association executive education programs. 

Prior to joining Darden, Jeff was the Managing Director at Cowan & Associates, Inc., a small, veteran-owned consulting firm headquartered in Arlington, VA.  He consulted for the military in the areas of strategic planning, performance measurement, program management, and executive education.  Prior to joining Cowan & Associates, Jeff worked for Circuit City Stores leading a 2-state district of eight big-box electronic retail stores with $100 million in annual sales. 

During his twenty-four-year career in the US Navy Supply Corps, Jeff served in a variety of challenging information technology, supply chain management, and administrative leadership positions.  He served as the Executive Assistant to a Fortune 500 sized Navy logistics organization and directed Navy-wide automated information logistics systems development and deployment. Jeff also led the administration of the Navy’s business school that generated throughput of over 2,000 students annually.  He taught courses in Navy logistics and leadership and oversaw business curriculum development and quality of curriculum delivery.  Other leadership positions included operational logistics assignments aboard three ships and assignment to the staff of the Secretary of the Navy where he was a Congressional Liaison.  He retired in August 2001 having attained the rank of Captain.

The Honor Foundation has designed the first transition institute for the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) community.  For two years we have collaborated closely with the SOF community, top business schools and America’s finest companies in order to create a transition pipeline that gets results.  Jeff is responsible for the transition institute curriculum and is the chief facilitator for The Honor Foundation’s east coast institute located at Tidewater Community College – Virginia Beach.

Jeff received his BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and attended the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University.