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Miguel McKelvey

Co-Founder, WeWork

We retained Allen’s firm for two critical roles simultaneously, both which we needed to fill quickly — VP of Technology and a Head of People. Both are transformational leadership hires for our organization as we have a very distinct culture […]

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We retained Allen’s firm for two critical roles simultaneously, both which we needed to fill quickly — VP of Technology and a Head of People. Both are transformational leadership hires for our organization as we have a very distinct culture which we need to preserve and cultivate as we scale domestically and internationally.

They were able to recruit and deliver quickly on both searches. Most notably, they recruited Google and Facebook’s former Head of Talent, and we are thrilled she will bring a progressive approach to culture and talent management to our company.

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Matthew Gross

Founder/CEO, Newsela

We engaged A-List on a Chief Marketing Officer search for Newsela after another firm we had retained was unsuccessful. This was a highly critical role for the organization, one in which we had very specific metrics and a rigorous vetting […]

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We engaged A-List on a Chief Marketing Officer search for Newsela after another firm we had retained was unsuccessful. This was a highly critical role for the organization, one in which we had very specific metrics and a rigorous vetting process to make sure we made the right hire. Allen and the A-List team were diligent, responsive and a relentless partner. They were able to produce a diverse slate of candidates and shepherd the process along expeditiously through to completion (despite it being the holiday season). I am excited to have A-List as a go-to search partner and highly recommend Allen and his team for critical executive hires.

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Doug Knopper

Co-Founder, FreeWheel

We worked with Allen Ackerman and his team during a period of hyper-growth right after FreeWheel was acquired by Comcast when we had to build out our executive suite. I was impressed with his ability to immerse within and understand our culture in addition to the distinct nuances of three very different SVP roles.

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We worked with Allen Ackerman and his team during a period of hyper-growth right after FreeWheel was acquired by Comcast when we had to build out our executive suite. I was impressed with his ability to immerse within and understand our culture in addition to the distinct nuances of three very different SVP roles. He moved quickly and did a great job of managing the process along with both candidate and client expectations to successfully close all three.

Allen has continued to be a great go-to partner for key hires across the spectrum of Sales, Product, Engineering, Marketing and the C-suite. He brings a high level of professionalism, industry knowledge, and a deep network to every search he executes.

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Craig Schmeizer

Founder, Nectar

We engaged A-List on a search for its first Chief People Officer. As the fastest growing D2C e-commerce company in the U.S. with a completely distributed and remote workforce, this was the most critical hire for the company. We needed […]

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We engaged A-List on a search for its first Chief People Officer. As the fastest growing D2C e-commerce company in the U.S. with a completely distributed and remote workforce, this was the most critical hire for the company.

We needed a CHRO who could hop on board a rocketship and completely build out their team and department from scratch while maintaining our iconoclastic culture as we expanded globally. Allen and his team moved fast and produced a remarkable bench executive talent.

As a start-up with three co-founders constantly on the move, coordinating and managing the process and feedback loop was a bit more challenging than usual. A-List rose to the challenge and helped us to maintain a cadence and refine our parameters in real-time as we determined exactly what we needed in our candidate. We ultimately made a fantastic hire.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Allen and A-List Search for not only being able to quickly understand a unique client and uncover exceptional talent but to be able to nimbly move with the shifting sands of a high growth start-up and steer a challenging process through to successful fruition.

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Lisa Iadanza

CPO, Flashpoint

Allen is by far one of the most intelligent, connected and caring recruiters I’ve worked with throughout my career. Allen not only ‘gets it’ but does so extremely fast, and in a way which creates confidence in his representation of […]

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Allen is by far one of the most intelligent, connected and caring recruiters I’ve worked with throughout my career. Allen not only ‘gets it’ but does so extremely fast, and in a way which creates confidence in his representation of a role and the organization. He takes the time to get to know and understand his clients, asks great questions in order to target the best candidates and provides excellent follow through and results.

When it comes to impactful key executive level roles, Allen has consistently delivered across the spectrum from technology, product, sales, people and marketing to the C-suite. He’s been a consistent and strategic go-to search partner whom I could not recommend more highly.

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David Roger

CEO, Felix Gray

Felix Gray had critical need for a Creative Director. Allen successfully secured a great hire for us in 3 weeks. He added tremendous value as an extension of our company and was able to recruit the best candidates in the […]

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Felix Gray had critical need for a Creative Director. Allen successfully secured a great hire for us in 3 weeks. He added tremendous value as an extension of our company and was able to recruit the best candidates in the market. Allen really understands the nuances of culture fit, has an incredible network, and moves with the speed in-keeping with the needs of a hyper growth startup.

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Adriel Sanchez

Chief Marketing Officer, Newsela

I first met Allen as a candidate for Newsela’s Chief Marketing Officer position. Allen was professional, helpful, incredibly responsive, and added value throughout the process which fortunately ended in me accepting the position. I’ve worked with many recruiters both as […]

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I first met Allen as a candidate for Newsela’s Chief Marketing Officer position. Allen was professional, helpful, incredibly responsive, and added value throughout the process which fortunately ended in me accepting the position. I’ve worked with many recruiters both as a candidate and client, and I would recommend Allen as one of the best.

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Eric Bacolas

Eric Bacolas

Chief People Office, Newsela

I’ve known Allen professionally for over 12 years and have had the pleasure to work with him on several occasions. I’ve always found him to be reliable, professional and thorough in executing search. He’s an impressive recruiter whose industry and technical knowledge stand out from the crowd. He’s the kind of person who is always willing to go the extra mile, and his resourcefulness and intelligence make him someone whom many people depend on when they need to an informed opinion. I’d highly recommend Allen as a consummate search professional with the ability to execute on a diverse array of roles in the executive suite.

Benji Rogers

Benji Rogers

Co-founder, PledgeMusic

We retained Allen’s firm for a Chief Product Officer search for PledgeMusic. As a growing start-up a strong culture fit is everything. Allen took the time to get to know us and delivered a quality slate of executive talent very quickly. He is extremely professional, thorough, and does an amazing job of keeping everyone on the same page throughout the process. He nailed the search (and has done others for me in my advisory capacity). This was a transformational hire and I’m happy to say that five years on, and following my own departure from the company the candidate was still with the company. I’d highly recommend Allen for any senior level search needs. He takes the time to understand all the nuances, manages the process professionally and delivers quality.

Rick Treese

Rick Treese

CTO, TheMarkets.com

Allen Ackerman has always been a great ally to me in the challenging job of finding top technical talent, which is why I’ve been working with him for so many years. He has proven over and over again that he can fill the pipeline with quality candidates quickly, the word “quality” being key – he doesn’t just throw resumes and interviews at me in the hopes that something will work.

With his combination of relationship building skill and passion, Allen is definitely the guy you want on your side in the hiring process.

In short, Allen delivers.

As CTO of ASMALLWORLD I engaged Allen to help recruit a team of Rails developers. Within weeks Allen filled all openings with amazingly qualified candidates.

Allen is one of those extremely rare recruiters who recognize and cater to the nuances of a client’s team dynamics, company culture and technical requirements. In my 20+ years of technology management, I have worked with many recruiters most of whom do little more than scan resumes for keywords and sift through resumes posted on job boards. Allen takes the time to understand all the clients’ and candidates’ hard and soft needs. He meets with his clients and his candidates to understand who they are and exactly what they are looking for. This upfront effort makes a world of difference and minimizes time wasted by clients and candidates on bad matches.

The bottom line is that if you need to find the right resources quickly, Allen is your man.

Keili Glynn Etess

Keili Glynn Etess

Director, Consumer Reports

Allen is a great resource in providing talent for difficult-to-fill positions. His ability to understand the employer and hiring manager’s requirements has resulted in a number of successful placements. Allen stays abreast of emerging technologies, which sets him apart from other agencies. Not only does he find the talent to support new media, but his personal understanding and involvement make him an excellent recruiter for digital positions. Allen is a pleasure to work with and someone I recommend.

Denise Saroda

Denise Saroda

Executive Recruiter, NetworkESC

Allen and I worked together on several hard to fill positions. He had an excellent understanding of the positions I needed filled and was able to provide the right candidates for the role. I enjoyed working with Allen tremendously.

Rakel Israel

Rakel Israel

Human Resources Consultant

Allen Ackerman is the type of recruiter that you want assisting you. He pays full attention to his client’s needs, and produces candidates that are high caliber in their respective industries.

Allen is driven to satisfy his clients by providing them with an optimum level of service.

Andre Bodowski

Andre Bodowski

Marketing Director, Voxy

Allen Ackerman was the recruiter (my current position). Our relationship evolved, and we became friends (Allen was in my wedding!).

From a candidate perspective, Allen played a key role in my recruiting process by engaging me, by making me feel comfortable, by helping me output the best version of Me.

He was correct that the position was right for me, and I was the right fit for that position. I started in the company 3 years ago as an assistant product manager, and now I am the Leading Manager of a multi-million dollar effort in developing from the ground up a new market for my employer (South America).

Thank you, Allen.

Jason Gottlieb

Jason Gottlieb

Director, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Allen was able to respond quickly to an immediate request for a very specific type of human resource. He listened well to the needs and supplied a variety of candidates suitable to the job. We selected a candidate and he immediately developed a relationship witht eh regional HR Manager in the firm to get the candidiate hired. That candidiate has since been promoted less than two years into the job.