David's background includes a unique combination of private equity, investment banking and operating experience.
Prior to joining Potomac Equity in 2018, David was the CEO of Alert Protective Services, a company acquired through a private equity firm he founded, Anchor Light Partners, LLC. As CEO and a member of the Board of Directors, David significantly transformed Alert Protective, professionalizing the infrastructure of the Company, and expanding on Alert’s footprint and go-to-market strategy—now ranked as one of the largest 80 alarm and security companies in the United States. Before founding Anchor Light, David worked as an investment professional at J.F. Lehman & Company (JFL), a New York-based middle market private equity firm founded by the former Secretary of the United States Navy, John Lehman. Prior to JFL, David worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Lazard Frères where he worked on a number of marquee mergers, acquisitions and financing projects. Most notably, David worked on the deal team that advised Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad on its $44 billion sale to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway.
David earned his M.B.A. with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is also a graduate of Yale University. At Yale, he was a member of the 2006 Ivy League Championship Football team and the recipient of the Thomas W. Ford student athlete award. At Wharton, through his work consulting with small businesses, he was awarded the Wells Fargo Distinguished Leadership Award. David was also the recipient of a Neff Entrepreneurship Fellows award at Wharton’s M.B.A. commencement.