Aris McMahon, Managing Partner
Aris McMahon is the Managing Partner of Advantage, Inc. Aris brought ten years of political
and corporate campaign experience to Advantage in 2001. Aris consults scores of accounts for
various federal, state, and locally elected officials, as well as numerous campaigns and
campaign committees and other political affairs campaigns.
Aris has held responsible positions in campaigns and campaign committees, including the
National Republican Senatorial Committee (1994) U.S. Senator Bill Frist's initial race (1994),
Senator Bob Dole's New York State primary campaign (1995-96), and the 1996 Dole for
President team for the Iowa caucuses. As a Senior Account Executive at Fabrizio, McLaughlin
and Associates (1997- 00), Aris managed paid media accounts for Governor George Pataki and
numerous other political and corporate campaigns nationally. In 2000, Aris served as
campaign manager for Felix Grucci's successful race in New York's First Congressional District.
Aris McMahon is a native of Bayside, New York, and received his B.A. at Syracuse University's
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Aris, his wife Gibson, their two daughters
Ginny and Elizabeth and their son John reside in Alexandria, VA.
Jeff Butzke, Founding Partner
Jeff Butzke brings over 33 years of extensive international, national, state, and local political
consulting to Advantage, Inc. From grassroots organizing to strategic counseling to media
development, he has consulted and managed over 200 campaigns for political office.
Prior to founding Advantage, Inc., Butzke served as National Political Director for the National
Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). At NFIB he developed innovative programs with
NFIB’s political action committee, SAFE Trust, to help elect record numbers of small business
owners to state and federal office.
He directed the expansion of SAFE Trust by increasing PAC contributors from 14,000 to 38,000
and increasing receipts from $1.2 million to $2.9 million in a three-year period. His efforts on
behalf of the state programs resulted in state PAC receipts more than doubling in two years.
In addition, Butzke supervised the election of more than 600 NFIB members to the 1995 White
House Conference on Small Business.
Prior to joining NFIB, Butzke was president of Jeff Butzke and Associates, a political consulting
firm specializing in local elections. In 1989, Butzke & Associates began conducting campaign
seminars in Eastern Europe, helping to train over 300 political candidates, elected officials and
staff in nine countries in the pragmatic details of the democratic political process.
Butzke was named one of the "Top Political Leaders in America" and a "Rising Star" by the
number one political magazine in America, Campaigns, and Elections. A 1978 graduate of
Fordham University in New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration,
Jeff Butzke lives in Naples, Florida with his wife of 26 years, Wendy Wilson and their son
Tricia (Pearson) Korcheck, Partner
Tricia (Pearson) Korcheck joined Advantage, Inc. in 2009. At that time, Tricia brought over 15
years of extensive political experience to the Advantage, Inc. team. She has done work
ranging from campaign management and general consulting to fundraising for candidates and
state parties throughout the western United States.
Before coming to Advantage, Tricia served as the Northwest Regional Political Director for the
Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2008. Prior to joining the staff at the RNC, Tricia
served as a political appointee within the Administration of President George W. Bush at the
Small Business Administration.
Previously, Tricia had served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff to Senator George
Allen (R-VA). Tricia came to the official Senate office of George Allen after serving as the
Western Region Political Director during the 2003-2004 election cycle and playing a pivotal
role in electing five Republican Senators to the United States Senate in 2004.
Tricia started in politics with Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) in 1994. Tricia's responsibilities
included fundraising, communications, and special projects as well as managing Senator
Burns' successful 2000 re-election campaign. Tricia is also proud to have been Executive
Director of the Montana Republican Party from 1997-1999. Tricia holds a B.A. degree in
Political Science from the University of Montana. She is a native of Billings, MT and currently
resides in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband Kevin.
Jim Eltringham, Vice President
Jim crafts and executes dynamic voter contact and grassroots mobilization campaigns to
deliver maximum impact for Advantage, Inc.’s clients. He has designed and implemented
grassroots campaigns merging digital and offline tactics for a range of political, advocacy, and
corporate clients. Prior to joining Advantage, Jim was the Vice President of Online Campaigns
at Advocacy Group, Inc., overseeing digital recruitment campaigns designed to deliver real-
world political impact. Previously, Jim served as Director of Grassroots Campaigns at Mercury,
managing state and Congressional district-level field campaigns to move national policy
issues. Before his time at Mercury, Jim frequently appeared as a spokesperson on national
television and both national and regional talk radio as Director of Public Relations for the
Leadership Institute, a non-profit political training organization. His clients have included Walt
Disney Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the
Consumer Energy Alliance, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the National Association of
Jim is a frequent lecturer on grassroots mobilization, online tactics, and public relations to
audiences ranging from campaign veterans to international activists to independent
filmmakers to political science classes.
Jim Eltringham lives in Centreville, Virginia with his wife Erica and their daughters Maya
Courtney Mattison, Account Executive
Courtney Mattison joins Advantage as an Account Executive having previously worked at
Americans for Tax Reform as an Associate. At Advantage, Courtney works to cultivate
relationships with new and potential clients. She also works to develop strategy that is custom
tailored to the client’s needs and goals.
Courtney’s involvement in politics started as an intern in the Vermont State House, and
includes internships at the American Conservative Union, American Legislative Exchange
Council, and State Policy Network in addition to communications and campaign work for state
and local candidates in Vermont. Her efforts have earned Courtney the Vermont Secretary of
State’s 2010 Enduring Democracy Award and an alternative delegate position to the 2012
Republican National Convention.
Courtney currently resides in Arlington, VA leaving behind cold New England winters to pursue
a career in politics.
Rachelle Korinko, Data Manager
Rachelle Korinko joins Advantage, Inc. as a Data Manager. She brings Advantage, Inc. years
of quantitative analysis and methodology at the academic level.
Rachelle received her Bachelor’s in Political Economy from Clemson University in May 2011.
After spending a year studying mathematics at Clemson she moved to Arlington, VA to pursue
a Master’s degree in Political Science at George Mason University. Rachelle joined our team
right after graduating with her Master’s May 2014.
While she was born in Albany, NY, she spent her childhood in Aiken, SC. However, she
currently lives in Charleston, SC where she spends her free time learning new computer
proclivity for Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, and Southern foods.
Caroline Sekula, Director of Call Center Operations
Caroline Sekula joined Advantage in 2010. She currently serves as Director of Call Center Operations and oversees the daily operations of the Reno, NV call center.
She works one- on- one with account managers, as well as clients, to ensure the best possible outcome on live calling projects.
She also focuses on operational objectives, productivity goals, and implementing quality and customer-service standards.
Caroline also plays a key role in strategic planning for the call center.
Before relocating to Nevada, Caroline started her call center career in her home state of Utah.
She enjoys going to Lake Tahoe whenever she gets a chance and playing volleyball in her community league.
Caroline currently lives in Reno, Nevada.