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NSI expands New York presence with launch of NYC Practice and strategic hire

Washington, D.C. — March 23, 2010 — On the heels of the January launch of its parent company, the Interpoint Group, National Strategies LLC (NSI), a Washington-based strategic consulting firm that grew 300 percent over the past 18 months, announced today the launch of its New York City practice as well as the strategic hire of Agostino Cangemi. Mr. Cangemi is the former General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Franchise Administration and Planning for New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) during the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations.

Mr. Cangemi, a corporate attorney with over a decade of experience overseeing numerous city agencies, also served as Assistant Counsel to former Mayor Giuliani. Formerly a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, Mr. Cangemi brings a dynamic background representing clients in technology and telecommunications, real estate, procurement, health regulations, consumer protection issues, e-recycling, city government franchises and concessions, as well as advertising requiring government approvals, such as billboards, street furniture, and taxi ads. During the Bloomberg administration, he led and managed the City’s cable television and telecommunications franchises including matters relating to 311 and the City’s television stations and negotiated significant telecommunications and IT contracts. As Assistant Counsel to former Mayor Giuliani, Mr. Cangemi represented the Mayor on pension funds with assets exceeding $30 billion.

During his tenure with DOITT, Mr. Cangemi oversaw the City’s disaster response to telecom outages caused by the September 11th and 2003 blackouts. Mr. Cangemi brings local government leadership, regulatory and legal expertise to drive results for clients.

“We are building upon NSI’s growth during the past two years.” stated Al Gordon, NSI CEO. “Agostino brings tremendous talent and an in-depth understanding of how New York City government operates. His background complements NSI’s procurement, public affairs, and government relations services and adds to our national footprint and regional offices. Our New York Practice is well-positioned to offer intimate knowledge of the New York City geopolitical landscape as well as the strategy and relationships needed to be successful.”

As a Senior Vice President, Mr. Cangemi will join Gino Menchini, Managing Director of NSI’s New York City Practice. Mr. Menchini, former NYC Commissioner of DOITT, brings 20 years of professional experience in public sector information technology and business development to the firm. Prior to joining NSI, Mr. Menchini also served as New York City’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and held senior executive roles at technology firms that include CA, Northrop Grumman and Cisco.

“We're committed to earning our clients' trust, becoming their long-term strategic business partner, and adding value for our corporate clients and government” stated Mr. Menchini. “We know how to successfully drive revenue and positive results for both government and business.”

The NSI NYC Practice offers procurement strategy and government relations expertise across eight vertical markets with particular expertise in technology and telecommunications, health care, energy, the environment, infrastructure/transportation, public safety, financial services and education. The Practice will leverage the depth and breadth of public and private sector expertise to provide strategic proposal advisory services, assist clients in developing and executing contract negotiations and develop strategies to provide clients with the relationships, market intelligence and strategic plans to procure local government contracts.

Mr. Cangemi’s diverse background and depth in the New York state and local government market bolsters NSI’s growing New York presence, which also includes founder and CEO Al Gordon, former Chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee and senior member of former Governor Mario Cuomo’s staff; Tim Onoff, aide to former Governor Cuomo and local government executive; Gino Menchini, former Commissioner of the NYC DOITT and NYC CIO; Ruth Walters, former Assistant Comptroller in the New York Office of the State Comptroller, senior member of former Governor Cuomo’s staff and a top-level aide to two Assembly Speakers; and Art Brown, Albany County’s first CIO and former New York State Forum’s Information Technology Procurement Workgroup Co-Chair.
NSI is a Washington, D.C.-based strategic consulting firm with a national network of 2,000 bipartisan state and local consultants that cover every state capital, major city and county across the U.S. with offices in Florida, New York, Georgia, California, Missouri, and Brussels. The firm, operates around eight practice areas which are: Healthcare & Human Services, Sustainability, Energy, Financial Services, Homeland Security & Public Safety, Infrastructure, Education, and Technology & Telecommunications.

NSI is underwritten by Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P., (www.pcalp.com), a principal investor in the firm and a private equity fund that manages approximately $2.0 billion in assets and has made more than 80 investments since its inception in 1995. With offices in New York City and Cos Cob, CT, Pegasus provides creative capital and strategic solutions to middle market companies across a wide range of industries and has particular interest in businesses that make a meaningful contribution to society by positively affecting the environment, contributing to sustainability and enabling healthy living.

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