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Business Technology Partners Expands Senior Management Team to Keep Pace with Strong Demand for Large-Scale IT Deployments

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Business Technology Partners (BTP), Inc., one of New York City’s premier IT consulting firms, announced today the expansion of its executive management team with the hiring of industry veterans John Hassett, Chen Vanunu, and Lara Lee Hullinghorst. Headquartered at the center of Wall Street, BTP has been instrumental in helping law and accounting firms, financial institutions, real estate developers, and healthcare facilities throughout the tri-state area architect, design and deploy all types of large-scale networking, telephony, audiovisual, and security projects.

John Hassett joins BTP as a Principal after a 17-year successful IT consulting career with Constantin Walsh-Lowe. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Hassett has developed business and managed the design and implementation of many large-scale technology infrastructure systems for major tri-state area corporate real estate developments. He managed such projects as The New York Times Building (a new 52-story development in Times Square), Merrill Lynch’s 450-acre Hopewell, NJ Campus (an attractive, state-of-the-art workplace for nearly 5,000 Merrill Lynch employees), and the Sheraton New York Hotel on 7th Avenue. Mr. Hassett will be responsible for business development of BTP’s Technology Architecture & Engineering practice, and will work to grow the firm’s involvement in several ongoing major projects such as the new Trump SoHo Hotel and the expansion of St. Peters Medical Center in Albany, NY.

Chen Vanunu has been appointed Manager of Technology Architecture & Engineering and joins BTP after seven years with CMS Innovative Consultants where he led many successful audiovisual design and implementation projects with The Hurst Tower, CBS, Time Inc., Lehman Brothers, AIG, Bank of America, General Dynamics, Gibbons PC, White & Case, and the World Bank located in Washington, DC. He will be responsible for all technology infrastructure design and engineering initiatives for structured cabling, audiovisual systems, and physical security systems related to real estate development, corporate relocation, and renovation projects. This will include design and construction administration, as well as coordinating projects with architects, engineers, owners’ representatives, project managers, installation contractors, and construction firms within the industry.

Lara Lee Hullinghorst rejoins BTP as Director of Operations after previously leaving for a sabbatical. She has a rich background in consulting, business operations, and managing corporate relocation and development projects in New York for hospitality, commercial real estate and professional services organizations. As part of her new responsibilities, Ms. Hullinghorst will lead the firm’s internal operations, including accounting, marketing, HR and procurement. She will also oversee BTP’s efforts on several critical technology support accounts and corporate relocation projects.

“With the addition of these key executives, BTP is well-positioned to help organizations automate existing operations and leverage new technologies to grow their business,” explained Joshua Aaron, President of Business Technology Partners. “Through the efforts of these individuals as well as our strong team of technical and project consultants, BTP will continue to be an innovator and guide clients through the challenges in maximizing the value of their technology investments.”

Mr. Aaron founded the company in 1997 with the vision of delivering business-driven IT (information technology) expertise and solutions that help clients dramatically improve productivity and efficiency, and reduce costs. Today the company has successfully completed hundreds of projects, many for leading Fortune 500 companies.

“Many of our clients have realized the value of our expertise in delivering technology solutions which is equally matched by our commitment to deliver the best service and support based on practical application, customer understanding, cost dynamics, marketability, and long-term sustainability — all designed to ensure their long-term success.”

Strong Project Pipeline

According to Mr. Aaron, BTP has a strong pipeline of projects, such as Allegeart Berger & Vogel LLP, Calyon, Clerestory Capital, Forester Capital, ICAP/United Energy, Trump SOHO Hotel, and Xanadu at the Meadowlands.

About Business Technology Partners:

Business Technology Partners, Inc. (BTP) is a technology consulting firm that delivers tailored solutions leveraging a broad array of expertise in IT infrastructure and applications, network management, technology maintenance, telecommunications, audiovisual and security systems. BTP’s technology practice areas help organizations with design/build projects, relocations, technology upgrades and corporate consolidations. The company combines business-driven experience, industry best practices, and its own methodology to deliver projects on-time and within budget. A short list of clients include ABN AMRO, ADP, AIG, Altria (Phillip Morris), American Civil Liberties Union, Association for The Help of Retarded Children, Bloomberg LP, Deutsche Bank AG, Eisner LLP, Estee Lauder, Gibbons PC, JPMorgan Chase, L’Oreal, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MTV Networks, Morgan Stanley & Co., Mount Sinai Medical Center, New Line Cinema, The New York Board of Trade, PRIMEDIA, Proctor & Gamble (The Wella Corporation), Reed Business, Reuters, State Street Global Advisors, Time Inc., and Viacom. For more information, visit

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