About Steve Potter

  • Vienna citizen for 15 years

  • Husband, father, grandfather

  • Senior level executive with 35 years’ experience at multi-billion dollar national corporations

  • Consultant/Vienna business owner

  • U.S. Navy veteran; member of the American Legion

  • Founding member of Vienna Citizens for Responsible Development (VCRD)

I am committed to raising awareness of the need for common sense, transparency, citizen collaboration in town governance, and smart, properly-scaled development for the Town of Vienna.

My Professional Background

Areas of expertise vital in a Town Council role include: budgeting, strategic planning, due diligence, operational efficiency, construction projects, fleet management, and contract negotiations.

Currently an independent consultant for organizational efficiencies in corporations. Professional experience includes over 35 years in the foodservice distribution industry with responsibility for multiple budgets in excess of $210 million. Leadership positions include:

  • Executive Vice President of Operations, U.S. Foodservice

  • Senior Vice President/General Manager, Alliant Foodservice

  • Corporate Vice President of Operations, Maines Paper & Food Service

  • Vice President of Operations, Atlantic Foodservices

  • Senior Vice President of Industry Relations, International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA)

  • Corporate Director of Operations, PYA/Monarch

  • Court-recognized Expert Witness on due diligence and fiduciary responsibility


  • University of Maine, Bachelor’s Degree, major in English and a minor in History and Government;

  • University of Maine, completion of master’s in business administration prerequisites;

  • Business courses with the National Safety Council, Cornell University, George Mason University, and the American Arbitration Association.

Military Service

  • U.S. Navy, Lieutenant. Current member of the American Legion