For twenty two years he was Director of Music in churches in Texas and Florida, and is currently a full time composer living in Pensacola, Florida. With his wife Susan, he is Founder and Co-Director of the Pensacola Children's Chorus, a twelve year organization of over 250 singers. He is a former member of the National Board of Choristers Guild, a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, and has won three Muriel Shugart Awards from the Northwest Florida Arts Council for excellence in musical programming. Together, the Potes have received the Cox Bravo Award and the prestigious Liberty Bell Award, presented by the Escambia Santa Rosa County Bar Association, for their community work with young musicians.
The Potes have two children - David, an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama; and Amy, Chief Resident in Dermatology at LSU Medical School in New Orleans.