Eric Butterbaugh, Account Director

Eric Butterbaugh

“It’s great to be on a team of seasoned communications experts. The depth of expertise each person brings, and the support we provide each other across accounts, really set Spire apart.”

Eric brings 20 years of public affairs experience to Spire. As an account director, Eric provides communications planning and drafts news releases and Web program descriptions for a portfolio of programs at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). His programs cover advanced aerial platforms, such as unmanned systems, X-planes, and manned systems, as well as innovative technologies in communications, networks, and electronic warfare.

He served most recently in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs as a media relations officer at the Pentagon. During his Air Force career, he served as public affairs officer and military spokesman in the United States, Germany, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. His positions included managing editor of Airman Magazine, the official magazine of the United States Air Force, and as deputy chief of media relations at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) headquarters in Colorado Springs.

Eric loves spending time with his wife and five young children exploring the natural beauty and history of Virginia; serving his church community in Alexandria; keeping his German honed (he grew up in Bonn, Germany—Sprechen Sie Deutsch?); and catching a ballgame at Nationals Park with his boys.

Eric earned a Bachelor of Science in communications management from Ithaca College and a Master of Arts in communications from St. Mary’s University.