Holding - Magnet Agency
After 10 amazing years, we’re saying goodbye to Magnet Agency and hello to new ventures.

Allen Ackerman


Passion, Honesty, and Integrity,  (with a healthy dose of curiosity) are the driving principals Allen Ackerman brings to A-List Search.  A native New Yorker originally haling from Brooklyn, Allen is a successful entrepreneur and former software engineer with two decades of search under his belt helping to build high-growth companies such as WeWork, Comcast, Medidata and Tidal.

Allen honed his skills as a software developer when he founded Indigo Technology Group during the late 90s, building Saas platforms for clients such as Goldman Sachs and womens viagra.  The evolution to recruiting was natural.

In 2004 Allen founded A-List Placement which focused on deep technical roles, and then launched The Hire Syndicate a global split network to support the volume.  With a keen interest in partnering with growth minded companies at the executive level Allen co-founded Magnet Agency in 2011.

Allen brings a personal approach and diligence to his work in search with a special attention to understanding the nuances of a role and his ability to telling the client’s story.  His core strategy has always been to embrace the ever-evolving digital landscape with innovation and amiability. His driving ethic is that no matter what products or services a company offers, its most important resource will always be its people.

Allen has always gravitated toward entrepreneurship, technology and New York City’s ever evolving digital ecosystem which led him to angel investing.

A member of the New York Angels, Allen is an active early stage investor whose investments include:

  • AllTheRooms
  • Beekeeper’s Naturals
  • Bombas
  • BotFactory
  • Dopamine Labs
  • Enertiv
  • Expectful
  • New View Surgical, Inc.
  • NY Shipping Exchange

When not recruiting Allen enjoys photography, droning, cycling and traveling.



Ryan Brogan


Ryan is in his element within the community of Entrepreneurs, Investors and Executives he services via Magnet Agency. His corporate and startup expertise make him the ideal Headhunter for.

Since 1999, Ryan has been recruiting for leading Media, Technology, Financial Services, Publishing and Advertising firms. Prior to founding Magnet Agency in 2008, Ryan held senior level Executive Search positions at both Viacom and Time Warner Corporate.

Ryan’s passion for recruiting continues to be strengthened by the successful ventures he has personally launched as well as his Angel Investments. They include:

  • 1xRUN.com (largest E-Commerce platform for New Contemporary & Street Art)
  • Aplopay.com (Payment platform acquired in 2011)
  • Subtrak Records (Berlin based EDM Record Label)
  • Inner State Gallery – Managing Partner
  • Murals In The Market – International Mural Festival
  • Bombas – Angel Investor
  • Beekeeper’s Naturals – Angel investor
  • Kokus – Angel investor

Ryan studied film at Columbia University in New York. He is also actively involved in NY Cares, The Chelsea Art Foundation, Charity Water and the World Affairs getting provigil online. Ryan has been a “TEDster” since first attending TED in 2008. Ryan is also a member of New York’s CORE: club, a diverse community of thought leaders and industry elite.

He lives in Greenwich CT with his Fiancée Helene Lederman Esq. and their two incredible dogs: Rey & Trevor.