In addition to the former members of Congress who represent Advantage, the Company has developed and maintains worldwide connections with successful Businessmen and Businesswomen. These established relationships, which span the globe, enable Advantage to assist with the successful culmination of new business in many underprivileged countries and to address foreign affairs issues throughout the world. The Advantage Team shares information and knowledge and provides a unique expertise. As a result, clients remain on the forefront of worldwide Political and Business issues around the world.
- Hon. Bill Sarpalius
- Hon. Bill Alexander
- Hon. Bill Grant
- Hon. Dick Schulze
- Hon. Lincoln Davis
- Hon. Jerry Patterson
- Hon. Robin Tallon
Hon. Bill Sarpalius
Congressman Sarpalius is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Advantage Associates, Inc. and contributes over twenty-five (25) years of combined political and business experience to the Company. Under Congressman Sarpalius Leadership and Guidance. Advantage has gained national recognition as the first bipartisan team of former Members of the United States Congress to offer consulting and lobbying services. Congressman Sarpalius is also the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of HillZoo, Inc (www.hillzoo.com), the most widely utilized website by Congressional Staff.
Congressman Sarpalius formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors of eSAT, Inc. located in Fountain Valley, California, and helped guide this small Internet business to become a publicly traded company. Prior to founding Advantage, Congressman Sarpalius served six (6) years as a United States Congressman and eight (8) years as a Texas State Senator. While in Congress, Sarpalius served as Chairman of the General Farm Commodities Subcommittee and was actively involved in the development of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT). Congressman Sarpalius also served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Rural Enterprise, Exports and Environment.
Congressman Sarpalius was instrumental in opening doors and establishing overseas markets, to include Russia and other developing countries, for United States businesses while in Congress. Sarpalius was elected President of his freshman class to the United States Congress.
Hon. Bill Alexander
Congressman Alexander was elected for twenty-four (24) years to serve Arkansas’s 1st Congressional District of the United States House of Representative. Congressman Alexander now contributes his experience in Business, Law and Politics to Advantage in representing clients before State and Federal Courts, Congress, the Executive Agencies and foreign countries.
Congressman Alexander does not do active lobby work but serves as council to our team and clients. While in Congress, Alexander served on the Appropriations Committee and was highly successful in obtaining and securing over $2 billion in funding for Development Projects. Congressman Alexander authored the Guaranteed Commercial Operating Loan Program for agri-business, Farmers, and Ranchers which resulted in a successful 97% payback over twenty-five (25) years. Alexander is the Founder of the National River Academy and the Founder of the Mid-South Energy Project. More than $30 billion in Economic Development resulted from the initiatives of Congressman Alexander.
Additionally, Congressman Alexander founded the House Export Task Force; Founded the Mississippi Valley Trade Center; Co-sponsored Legislation to create the Foreign Commercial Service in U.S. Embassies and, Established Agricultural Export Trade Offices in twenty-three (23) foreign countries. The results of his efforts and contributions produced millions of trade dollars for United States products.
Hon. Bill Grant
After successful careers in banking, where he was president of his state bankers association, and the Florida State Senate, Bill Grant was elected to the US Congress from Florida. He served with distinction on Government Operations, Oversight Investigations, and Agriculture Committees, as well as chairman of the Offshore Pollution Study Group. He was the Republican nominee for the US Senate from Florida but lost in the general election.
Congressman Grant has devoted much of his life and career to sovereign and commercial conflict resolution. Director of a Berlin investment bank and a much-traveled international businessman, he has waged successful campaigns on behalf of endangered American investments in difficult commercial environments around the globe, where he has served both in management of and directorial capacities. He authored the first of the post-dictator constitutional drafts for the war-torn nation of Somalia. Additionally, he served as a regular liaison between the Governments of the United States and Sudan and in Iraq he has long negotiated for peace through greater tribal participation.
Congressman Grant provides Advantage with in-depth knowledge of the legislative process, critical international commercial and sovereign experience, and valuable personal relationships with world leaders.
Hon. Dick Schulze
Congressman Schulze was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1974, representing the 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
Congressman Schulze served in Congress for eighteen (18) years. Schulze’s district encompassed the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area and Pennsylvania Dutch County. While serving as a member of Congress, Schulze was a top-ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee for sixteen (16) years and was the ranking Republican member on the Oversight Subcommittee.
Congressman Schulze was a leader in International Trade and Foreign and Domestic Taxation matters while serving on the Trade Subcommittee for sixteen (16) years where he vigorously championed American Business and Workers’ Rights while advocating for symmetrical trade access with foreign markets. Schulze fought against foreign dumping practices in the United States and was successful in amending a 1984 trade bill measure which would have relaxed the anti-dumping rules applicable to communist countries.
Hon. Lincoln Davis
Born in Pall Mall, Tennessee, Lincoln Davis is a husband, father, grandfather, small businessman, farmer, civic leader and public servant. His business experience includes owning Diversified Construction and Development Company. A business devoted to large tract Land Development, Utility Construction water sewer, Commercial and Residential building, Highway and Bridge work and Factory Buildings. He owned and operated a Building Supply and Hardware store involved with retail sales.
Davis worked with USDA after graduating from Tennessee Technological University, with a degree in Agronomy. He was a Soil Scientist and work as a Supervisor for the Farmers Home Administration.
He and his Brother own Davis Farms a grassland and beef cattle farm.
Davis has been a small town Mayor, a State Representative, State Senator, and US Representative. As a public servant Davis was known for his accessibility, his hands-on common-sense, and pragmatic thinking. He used his independent Tennessee values as a guide while working on issues that affected Tennessee and America.
As a member of Congress, serving from 2003-2011, Davis was recognized as a tireless advocate for rural Americans. He Served on the House Appropriations Committee and Committee on Science and Technology during the 111th Congress. Davis also served on the House Transportation Committee, Committee on Agriculture, and the Committee on Financial Services during his tenure.
As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative House Democrats Davis joined his Coalition members attempting to Reigning in our National Debt and keep our National Defense strong.
He served as a advocate for working families, Veterans, where he was able to obtain five new VA clinics for his Congressional District, Small Business, Farmers and Seniors.
Lincoln and his wife Lynda of 47 years have Three Daughters and Five Grandchildren. They are Members of the First Baptist Church in Byrdstown, Tennessee.
Developments include, Factory Buildings, Shopping Centers, Apartment and Town-houses, and General Land Development.
Davis, has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Southern Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Meeting with National Political Leader and Business Leaders. Discussing world events including the necessity to defeat Terrorism, Encourage Trade, Address Climate Change, Assistance to Developing Countries and how we can Collectively make our world safer and more productive.
A supporter of International Trade, he is aware that Economic opportunity will be realized only by those who acknowledge that Global Markets and Global Competition drives the World Economy.
Hon. Jerry Patterson
Congressman Patterson was elected to the United States House of Representative in 1975 and represented California’s 38th Congressional District for ten (10) years. As a senior Member of the House of Representatives Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, Congressman Patterson influenced virtually every piece of legislation relative to urban affairs for ten years and authored many legislative amendments.
Congressman Patterson also served on the Water and Power Subcommittee and served as a senior Member of the Committee on Insular Affairs where he focused on environmental legislation.
Patterson chaired the House Subcommittee on International Development during the first four (4) years of the Reagan administration, working with key members of the Treasury Department and the White House staff. In his capacity as Chair of the House Subcommittee, Patterson guided international legislation in a bipartisan fashion and achieved a successful record with no dissenting votes from any members of the Subcommittee. As Chairman, Patterson became well-educated regarding the House rules and successfully managed many pieces of legislation on the House Floor; a prime example being the International Monetary Fund (“IMF”) bill. Congressman Patterson served as a key House Member working closely with the Governmental Administration. Patterson also worked to build support groups of Democratic Members while at the same time remaining focused on Republican Members in an effort to gain support for votes to pass legislation that became a vital centerpiece of U.S. national interest supported by President Reagan.
Hon. Robin Tallon
Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1983, Congressman Tallon represented South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District for ten (10) years. Congressman Tallon’s District encompassed a large, diverse population. Prior to being elected to the United States Congress, Congressman Tallon served in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Tallon was also a highly successful businessman prior to serving in a public office. Tallon owned and operated several businesses including Tallon Real Estate, Robin’s Men’s Stores and Tallon Construction & Development.
Congressman Tallon maintains a reputation in Washington as a tenacious and effective lobbyist. In 1993, Congressman Tallon became the Vice President of Federal Affairs for the Tobacco Institute and successfully developed and implemented a lobby strategy to battle industry adversaries.
Congressman Tallon won the respect of his fellow Members of Congress early in his congressional career by demonstrating his ability to build coalitions and work with multiple issues. Congressman Tallon served on the Agriculture Committee where he was appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee of Domestic Marketing, Consumer Relations and Nutrition. This Subcommittee has oversight responsibilities for more than fifty percent of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA’s”) operating budget. Additionally, Congressman Tallon served on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee and served as Chairman of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus.
ASSOCIATE FOR EUROPE, AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST
Ioan Socol, representing the interests of Advantage in Europe, Africa and Middle East brings much to the Advantage team, including extensive knowledge of Europe trade and politics. He has keen experience in structuring complex international trade deals, assisting Advantage clients to develop political and economical cooperation with Romania and other countries in Europe. Before joining Advantage, he had represented the interests in Europe and Russia of the Malmgren Group Inc, led by Harald B. Malmgren, former US Deputy Trade Representative serving the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford Administrations.
ADVANTAGE ASSOCIATES REPRESENTATIVE TO
THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Jenny Guo has the specialized knowledge to help Advantage clients open and expand avenues for trade opportunities with the People’s Republic of China.
A native of Beijing, Ms. Guo is a former trade official with the government of the People’s Republic of China. Because of these strong connections and friendships, she continues to work closely with leading PRC officials. A respected expert in the fields of finance and trade, Ms. Guo serves as a trade mission specialist between U.S. and Chinese companies.
Ms. Guo makes frequent trips to the Washington area in order to work closely with the other Advantage team members and clients.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATE FOR THE
MIDDLE EAST AND GULF STATES
Colonel Mubarak Alenezi brings much to the Advantage team, including extensive behind-the-scenes knowledge of Middle Eastern governments and politics. He also has a wide network of high-level contacts with national leaders and top business executives throughout the Gulf region.
Before joining the Advantage team, Colonel Alenezi had a distinguished career as an officer of the Kuwait Ministry of Interior Affairs. During his 24-years of service there, he served as Chief Liaison Office to numerous foreign embassies and the military forces. These are personal relationships that Colonel Alenezi renews during his frequent trips through the Middle East. Colonel Alenezi has also served as Chief Consultant for the Kuwait Fishermen’s Union.
ADVANTAGE’S CHIEF TRADING PARTNER FOR TURKEY
Yaman Tourner works with Advantage to help open new trade opportunities between U.S. and Turkish businesses.
A former Turkish national legislator, Mr. Tourner is also a respected economist and author of economic texts. He has served as Chairman of the Turkish Central Bank and the Turkish Stock Market.
An international businessman with contacts around the globe, Mr. Tourner
has served on Boards of Directors for various banks, corporations and holding companies.
Souad Boudairi Dalil, an Associate Member of Advantage
Souad Boudairi Dalil, is an International Businesswoman with projects in Paris and Washington DC. She is a citizen of Morocco and has strong Business and Political ties to Cote d’Ivoire.
She has the Business Contacts and Personal Relationships that can translate into business success for Advantage clients in the Middle East and Africa. She has negotiated successfully for Telecommunications Projects, Logging Operations and Real Estate transactions in several countries.
Formerly she operated a four-star hotel in Paris and has been involved in the Airline and Tourist Industry in executive capacities.