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About Us

7 Points Hire is the Cannabis Recruiting arm of AC Lion, a Forbes Best Executive Search firm serving emerging industries nationwide.  We work in blockchain, cybersecurity, fintech, martech, healthtech, e-commerce and media and have a 20-year record of success in growing startups. We know how to attract top talent to groundbreaking industries, from your first hire in the U.S. to nationwide team builds.

Just as the cannabis industry is disrupting a slew of industries, we’ve disrupted old-fashioned recruiting and HR.

We have negotiated over $250MM in compensation, have conducted over 100,000 interviews and have a 95% client retention rate.  AC Lion was recently named one of the Forbes Best Executive Search firms in the U.S. for the third year in a row. Few other firms in the startup world can make that claim.

7 Points Hire/AC Lion is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Los Angeles, Austin, and Israel and a nation-wide reach in talent delivery. Our specialty is revenue recruiting:  sales, marketing, product, finance, data analytics and HR professionals are all areas of our expertise.  We are building long-term relationships by successfully delivering candidates that are the cream of the crop.

7 Points Hire is a proud member of the LionsEye Group,  a collective of brands furthering talent acquisition through Venture Capital, HR Technology and Thought Leadership. We combine the latest high tech tools with high touch relationships.  Don’t go old school when you can get a full spectrum of full-service talent solutions.

Alan Cutter

Founding Partner - CEO

More than 20 years ago, Alan founded New York City's premier digital media recruiting agency, AC Lion International. From start-ups to established F1000 Global companies, Alan steered AC Lion from the beginnings of using the internet to transact business, through the complexities of the digitalization of native industries.

As a thought leader in talent technology, Alan’s specialty is helping global companies to sell in the United States. Using his extensive network he mentors people and helps them connect to others who can help them with their businesses. Alan established ACLVP to invest and advise companies in the HR Technology sector.

With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, and Israel, AC Lion has placed thousands of people and negotiated more than $150 million in compensation. AC Lion was named one of the Top Ten Entrepreneurial Places to Work by NY Enterprise Report.

Prior to AC Lion, Alan was a Senior Manager at OTEC and played an integral part in the company's evolution into
Much of Alan's success can be attributed to his belief in and passion for people. Alan's clients or employees will speak volumes of his care, consideration, and his innovative thinking and out-of-the-box problem-solving capabilities.

Andrew Hersh

Talent Investor

Andrew brings over 15 years of sales and business development experience in technology, manufacturing, and hospitality industries. His deep experience in the hospitality and event industry has taught him how to source and grow talent and companies. Andrew is the founder of a premium subscription service in the cannabis industry.

Mike Adler

Managing Partner

Michael Adler brings over 20 years working with emerging 
growth companies from Inception to Exit. He is currently 
a Senior Managing Partner at Lionseye Growth & Talent 
Advisory working to build “C” Level teams for scaling 
high growth companies.

Mr. Adler Leverages his background in Investment Banking 
and Venture Capital and is currently a strategic advisor to 
multiple companies, an industry speaker, angel investor, 
mentor and avid surfer.

Our Unique Experience with Global Firms Entering the US

As a premiere executive recruiting firm headquartered in NYC, AC Lion advises and assists international clients with the successful opening and expansion of their business in the U.S. through hiring key talent.


Our presence outside the U.S. helps us to keenly understand the challenges of establishing teams internationally.


Drawing on our 20+ years of experience, our understanding of the challenges of building a U.S. based digital team is unmatched. We assist you with your recruitment strategy including:

  • Consideration of broader organizational and cultural strategies
  • Consideration of availability of skills, language and networks locally
  • Understanding of local labor laws
  • Ensuring adequate integration, training and development

7PointsHire is our Cannabis Recruiting arm and a proud member of the Lionseye Group, a collective of brands furthering talent acquisition through Venture Capital, HR Technology and Thought Leadership. See for further information on our other HR and growth options.