Jeff Butzke brings nearly four decades of extensive international, national, state, and local political insight 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, Wendy Wilson, and their son, David.