NEW YORK, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- New York-based strategic consulting group iDEKOgov announced the appointment of two veteran city government officials to their team: Robinson Hernandez and Amir Shayegan. Both will serve as Senior Vice Presidents at the firm.
With extensive backgrounds in public sector innovation and administration, Hernandez and Shayegan will utilize their creative insight and expertise of complex municipal government processes to expand iDEKOgov's client services; developing creative strategies, finding solutions and building productive partnerships for clients with their government counterparts.
iDEKOgov specializes in government and community relations, strategic consulting and crisis management. With a combined four decades of government experience among its founding partners, iDEKOgov helps businesses across the United States navigate the complexities of municipal governments, with a strong focus on New York City. Examples of major projects iDEKOgov's team has consulted on include the debut of the Viceroy Hotel in NYC, the opening of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, and the coordination of Super Bowl XLVIII.
"We are very excited about the addition of Amir and Robinson to the IDEKOgov team," said Cristin Burtis, co-founder and principal at iDEKOgov. "They are pioneers within their industry, and their first-hand knowledge and expertise will allow us to broaden the services we offer and bring even greater value to our clients."
Robinson Hernandez comes to iDEKOgov from serving as Deputy Commissioner of Small Business Services for NYC. In that role, he implemented and oversaw NYC Business Acceleration, an inter-agency initiative that provides the city's new and existing businesses with streamlined services to help them navigate government regulations and launch sooner. Hernandez also directed the launch of Small Business First, a comprehensive mayoral plan to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses in NYC. Prior to this position, Hernandez served as a Special Advisor to the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings, where he managed special projects and helped coordinate the agency's response to emergencies with other city, state and federal agencies. Hernandez holds a B.S. in Finance from Boston College and a Master's degree in Urban Planning from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
"I am thrilled to bring the innovative programs and service enhancements I developed in the public sector as a Deputy Commissioner in New York City to a broader audience of small businesses beyond the five boroughs." said Robinson Hernandez, Senior Vice President. "iDEKOgov has the unique insight, understanding and relationships to help companies of every size build strong, positive partnerships with their counterparts at all levels of government."
In his new role at iDEKOgov, Hernandez will oversee the implementation of a program that will provide clients with access to former regulatory personnel who can provide insight into the regulatory plan examination and inspection process. These professionals will meet with clients prior to and during the regulatory review process and guide them in understanding how to comply with regulatory requirements, maximize efficiency, and help their businesses avoid regulatory issues.
Amir Shayegan joins iDEKOgov from serving as Director of Events for the New York Mets, where he was responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of non-gameday events at the stadium, including overseeing the expansion of field capacity for concerts to usher in a new era of large-scale concerts at Citi Field. Shayegan previously worked with the New York City Sports Commission, later transitioning within the Mayor's Office to the Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management, where he became Deputy Director of the Street Activity Permit Office. Shayegan was integral in the planning and execution of several high-profile events, including: Super Bowl XLVIII, NYC Marathon, Macy's Fireworks Spectacular, Fashion Week, Electric Daisy Carnival, and New Year's Eve in Times Square. He also played a key role in bringing aide to those in need in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Shayegan has long-standing relationships with many New York City agencies including NYPD, FDNY, Parks, DOB, DOHMH, DSNY, DCA, DOT, MOME, MTA, and TLC, among others. Shayegan received his B.B.A. from Temple University and his M.S. from New York University.
"After a decade of planning and executing large-scale events in both the public and private sectors, I am eager to bring my experience, ideas and insight to iDEKOgov," said Amir Shayegan, Senior Vice President. "IDEKOgov's smart and resourceful team -- many of whom are former colleagues -- have the talent and agility to guide clients through the complex web of government agency processes."
As part of the iDEKOgov team, Shayegan will provide strategic planning advice and governmental consulting as it relates to large-scale event operations in major cities across the US, with a focus on New York City. He will also counsel real estate developers and contractors navigating the complexities of municipal planning and permitting to help mitigate potential issues and challenges.
About iDEKOgov: iDEKOgov is a consulting group that specializes in strategic consulting, government relations, community relations and helping clients navigate the complexities of municipal governments, with a strong focus on NYC. iDEKOgov was founded and is run by partners Cristin Burtis, Evan Korn, and Cal Nathan, who together possess four decades of experience in government relations and have handled government operations and relations for the Super Bowl, the RNC, the Papal Visit, MLB All-Star Games, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and New Year's Eve in Times Square, among other major public events. For more information, visit www.idekogov.com
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