Since 1996, Peter has led Arena to become one of the leading Republican voter contact firms. During its existence, Arena has produced over 10,000 unique pieces of mail and thousands of digital ads for hundreds of candidates in all 50 states.
He has successfully consulted candidates up and down the ballot, from U.S. President down to local office.
Before forming Arena, he was a fixture on numerous congressional campaigns where he worked as a manager, field director, fundraiser and press secretary. He was also a project manager at The Wirthlin Group, which at the time was the leading GOP polling firm in the country. A fifth-generation Utahn and graduate of Brigham Young University, Valcarce spends his free time traveling the world, motorcycling and pursuing other outdoor interests.
A veteran of congressional politics, Brandon served as a Regional Political Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, overseeing more than 90 congressional races in 13 western states. In addition, he has run campaigns in California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and North Dakota. He also worked on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress and served as Chief of Staff to a California state legislator.
A graduate in Political Science from the University of San Diego and a longtime Californian, Brandon now calls Park City, Utah home where he enjoys skiing, fly fishing and mountain biking. He and his wife, Jamie, have an 18-month old daughter, Alessandra.
Ben has spent over 12 years in the digital marketing industry. In 2008, he served as the Deputy Digital Director for the McCain Presidential campaign. He has managed social media and digital marketing campaigns for hundreds of congressional, senatorial, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, as well as for non-profit organizations and corporate entities. In total, he has managed over $200 million in digital-marketing budgets.
A graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, Ben, his wife Alissa, two kids and Boston Terrier are thrilled to be residents of Park City, Utah—taking full advantage of everything the state has to offer, especially the skiing.
Clint Brown has been helping companies and clients succeed in marketing and advertising for the past 13 years. He has been successful in leading various efforts within marketing agencies including sales, client services, business development, ad operations, product management, web and software development. In his time at Arena, Clint has streamlined Arena processes and built an industry-leading operation that supports a variety of political and non-political clients. Prior to his role as COO, Clint was a founding member of Sole Solution Marketing as the SVP of Operations, eventually becoming President. As President of Sole Solution, Clint was responsible for signing multi-million-dollar deals with two of the largest media companies in the US, iHeart Media and Cumulus Media.
Clint holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering at the University of Utah. He currently resides in Utah with his wife and three kids, where they enjoy the mountains in the winter and the lakes in the summer.
Drew is an experienced campaign operative with a record of success in field, digital and senior campaign roles at the national, state and local levels. Most recently, Drew served as the digital director for the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Independent Expenditure unit (NRCC IE), managing all aspects of a $7 million digital campaign in 30+ congressional districts across the country. Prior to his time at the NRCC IE, Drew served as Executive Director for the Illinois Republican Party, Campaign Manager for Congressman Rodney Davis and Senior Advisor to Governor Bruce Rauner’s state legislative campaign organization.
Drew is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois in addition to being a fervent fan of University of Kentucky athletics, the alma mater of his fiancée Katelyn.
Max Hunsaker is a seasoned political professional with expertise in political campaign management and operations, with significant experience planning and executing paid voter-contact programs for legislative caucuses and statewide races. Prior to joining Arena, Max managed campaigns for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and Governor. He also served as the Executive Director of the Montana Republican Party, and later as Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives for three terms.
Max earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In his role as Vice President of Advertising at Arena, Jeff has managed hundreds of digital advertising campaigns for clients including John Kasich for President, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Republican Senate Committee and for some of the nation’s largest political action committees including American Crossroads and Senate Leadership Fund. Since joining Arena in 2014, Jeff has built Arena’s digital ad operation into the most sophisticated digital ad organization in Republican politics.
Jeff studied Political Science at Brigham Young University and resides in Millcreek, Utah where he passionately enjoys the Utah Jazz and the beauty of the Intermountain West.
Steven Ostrow is a seasoned campaign operative and government relations executive with a deep understanding of the nation’s political landscape. He has held prominent positions on campaigns at the federal, state and local levels. Most recently, he served as the Republican National Committee (RNC) Regional Political Director overseeing political operations in the Great Lakes states, which included the election of U.S. Senator Mike Braun in Indiana.
Prior to his time with the RNC, Steven served as Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel’s Executive Director during her time as the Michigan Republican Party (MRP) Chair. Together they helped President Trump carry Michigan’s 16 electoral votes for a Republican for the first time in 28 years. During his time at the Michigan Republican Party, Republicans were also able to maintain a 63-47 seat majority in the Michigan State House and two Michigan Supreme Court seats.
Originally from California, Steven graduated from and was a member of the rowing team at the University of California at Berkeley. He currently lives in DeWitt, Michigan with his wife Megan and daughter Penelope.
Owen Phillips’ experience in the digital marketing industry started with his work on John McCain for President in 2008, and he has developed and executed digital marketing and advertising strategies for political, corporate and non-profit organizations ever since. Since joining Arena, Owen has managed comprehensive digital marketing and strategy programs for over 25 political organizations including John Kasich for Governor (Ohio), John Kasich for President and key congressional, senatorial and gubernatorial races across the country.
Owen lives in Salt Lake City where both his summer and winter outdoor interests have free reign. Owen is a graduate of Colgate University where he received degrees in Political Science and French Language and Literature.
Jonathan Schmieder is a veteran of local, state and national political campaigns. Jonathan specializes in data-driven tactics to traditional and new media. As Vice President at Arena, Jonathan works with political, nonprofit and private sector organizations on branding, public relations and advertising. Prior to joining Arena, Jonathan worked on Governor Scott Walker’s campaigns during the historic 2012 Recall Election and 2014 Midterm.
Jonathan holds a degree in Business Management and Marketing from The State University of New York at Buffalo, and is a frequent guest lecturer in collegiate-level marketing programs. Jonathan resides in Utah and enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and dog.
Over the course of nearly a decade in Republican politics, Tom Willis has served as the Campaign Manager and General Consultant for a wide range of political campaigns, independent expenditures and issue advocacy organizations. In 2014, Tom served as the Campaign Manager for Governor Nathan Deal’s (R-GA) re-election campaign. During that process, he led the day-to-day operations of the campaign and oversaw the joint effort with the Georgia Republican Party that resulted in a Republican sweep of all statewide offices on the ballot. Following the 2014 cycle, Tom played a similar role with the Georgia Republican Party during Senator Johnny Isakson’s (R-GA) re-election campaign in 2016. Prior to joining Arena, Tom founded Leading Pointe Strategies, where he has since led winning campaigns for State House and Senate, sheriff, Congress, judge, statewide offices and state constitutional amendments.
A Gainesville, Georgia native, Tom graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He and his wife Chelsey currently live in Atlanta, where they are active members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.