Loading...
Who We Are 2018-05-25T22:18:15+00:00

CUTTING-EDGE CAMPAIGN SERVICES

Advantage, Inc. helps clients win campaigns and public policy battles with message-driven, data-informed voter contact, data collection, data management, polling, and grassroots activation services.

Decades of combined experience for high-stakes clients in the political and public affairs battles gives the Advantage team the hard-won perspective and insight to make sure your programs deliver impact on their own – or work seamlessly as a valuable asset within your broader campaign.

DECADES OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE. EXCELLENT RESULTS.

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 for numerous federal, state, and locally elected officials, as well as numerous public 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 numerous national 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 became partner in Advantage in 2005 and President in 2016.

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.

TRICIA (PEARSON) KORCHECK

PARTNER

Tricia (Pearson) Korcheck joined Advantage, Inc. in 2009. Tricia brings over 20 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 spent a cumulative ten years serving in various capacities in the U.S. Senate. Tricia also served as the Western Region Political Director during the 2003-2004 election cycle and played 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 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.

JEFF BUTZKE

FOUNDING PARTNER

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.

JIM ELTRINGHAM

VICE PRESIDENT

Jim Eltringham specializes in grassroots mobilization, survey research, and voter contact campaigns that deliver a winning impact for Advantage’s clients. With Advantage, Jim has managed high-stakes engagements for major clients including campaigns, survey research and polling firms, and major brands. He has successfully fueled national, state, and local campaigns with up-to-the-minute data; designed and executed dynamic grassroots mobilization efforts to help win major policy victories; and directed swing state efforts for multi-state issue advocacy organizations.

Prior to joining Advantage, Jim was the Vice President of Online Campaigns at Advocacy Group, Inc., overseeing digital recruitment campaigns designed to move real- world political policy. His work included grassroots recruitment and mobilization as well as the development of creative digital tools to advance and augment messaging. Previously, Jim served as Director of Grassroots Campaigns at Mercury. There, he managed state and Congressional district field campaigns to impact national policy decisions on issues ranging from health care to tort reform to food allergy awareness.

Jim is a frequent lecturer on grassroots mobilization and public relations to audiences ranging from campaign veterans to international activists to independent filmmakers to political science classes.

He lives in Centreville, Virginia with his wife and twin daughters.

COURTNEY MATTISON

SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Courtney Mattison joined Advantage as an Account Executive after having previously worked at Americans for Tax Reform as an Associate. At Advantage, Courtney works with campaign, consultancy, and issue organizations to implement strategic programs that achieve their legislative and electoral goals. Courtney also oversees Advantage’s federal franking accounts, helping to connect Republican members of Congress with their constituents.

Courtney’s involvement in politics started at 14, when she helped create a legislative internship for young women in the Vermont State House through the Girl Scouts, 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 both the 2012 and 2016 Republican National Conventions.

Courtney currently resides in Arlington, VA and enjoys volunteering, playing tennis, and rooting for the Cubs in her spare time.

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 programing languages (Python, R, and Javascript). She is also a passionate home chef with a 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. She works one- on- one with account managers, as well as clients, to ensure the best possible outcome on live and auto 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 call center operations.

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.

SHERRA MCGOWAN

CLIENT MANAGER

Sherra McGowan joins Advantage, Inc. as a client manager with over 2 years of experience providing customer support and client management in the voter contact application space. Her previous experience in campaign field operations and at right-leaning national organizations provides her with a deep and broad understanding of the technological and data needs of all clients, big and small.

Prior to joining Team Advantage, Sherra served as a Nevada field director for Americans for Prosperity during the 2014 elections. After establishing the field program in Southern Nevada, Sherra would take her talents on the road, providing logistical support and training to AFP field teams in 4 different states featuring competitive Senate Elections: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, and Louisiana.

Before Americans for Prosperity, Sherra served as the Executive Assistant to the RNC Political Director. Her role found her working on behalf of Republican candidates and Members of Congress, State Party Committee Chairmen and Executive Directors, and Republican National Committee Members.

Sherra started her campaign experience in her hometown of Las Vegas, NV in 2006. Her experience included grassroots volunteering, voter registration, coalition building, and political fundraising. She currently resides in Washington D.C. with her husband Jeff McGowan, whom she blames for her start in Republican Party politics.

JOSEF LEVERATTO

PRODUCT MANAGER

Josef Leveratto joined Bridgetree, Inc. March 2015 and serves as the Product Manager for the Advantage Website and Applications. This role involves ensuring the systems are running to customers’ expectations on a day to day basis. He works with customer input to continually look for improvement on the website and mobile applications.

Prior to working for Bridgetree, Joe worked as the Data Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin 2012-2014, during the 2012 Romney Presidential election and Gov. Scott Walker’s 2014 reelection.

He currently lives in Whitewater, WI with his fiancée Janet Salgado. Currently they are planning to get married in early 2019.

JOIN OUR TEAM

LET’S WORK TOGETHER

Advantage’s tools and expertise will successfully motivate individuals to take action. Let’s create a winning campaign together.

CONTACT US