Allen Ackerman


Allen’s engineering roots and immersion into New York City’s digital scene makes him one of the most connected recruiters in the business today. An entrepreneur at heart, Allen honed his skills as an independent software engineer where he created platforms for global companies including Goldman Sachs and Sony Music.

Having had his hand in digital recruiting since 1998, Allen possesses the rare insights of an entrepreneurial engineer who has launched successful startups himself. Prior to joining Magnet in 2011, Allen launched The Hire Syndicate, a global split recruiting website, and also founded A-List Placement. Throughout his career, Allen has placed key talent at companies including WeWork, Meetup and Condé Nast.

Allen’s background makes him invaluable to the growth-minded companies that retain Magnet. His core strategy has always been to embrace the ever-evolving new media 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 is a member of the lean start-up community, and is a regular on New York’s tech and digital scene. When he’s not recruiting CTO’s, Allen can be found traveling the globe, perfecting his photography, and cycling throughout New York City.


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 both venture backed startups and large corporations.

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:

  • (largest E-Commerce platform for New Contemporary & Street Art)
  • (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 Council. 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.