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Robert Reffkin

Founder & CEO
Compass
90 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(212) 913-9058
Website

Robert Reffkin is the president and co-founder of Compass, a residential brokerage in New York City that launched in 2013 as Urban Compass, changing its name at the beginning of 2015.

Much of Compass' early buzz in the marketplace and its appeal to brokers hinged on in-house technology that supposedly not only cut down on administrative work but also facilitated faster reaction to listing changes and debuts. Skepticism remains, however, about just how liberating and fast Compass technology is.

What is not in dispute is that Compass has piled on big names and big assignments since its founding. Leonard Steinberg, long one of Douglas Elliman's top-performing Manhattan brokers, joined Compass in 2014 as president. Other big names include Kyle Blackmon, formerly of Brown Harris Stevens; Jay Glazer of Warburg Realty; and Gene Martinez from the Corcoran Group.

Compass investors have also included notable names, such as landlord and developer Bill Rudin and SalesForce.com founder Marc Benioff as well as institutions such as Goldman Sachs. Indeed, the brokerage's executive ranks claim quite a few banking and consultancy alums.

Reffkin himself springs from that world. He was chief of staff to the president and COO of Goldman Sachs immediately prior to co-founding Compass with Ori Allon. Before that, he worked at Lazard and McKinsey & Co.

He graduated from Columbia, and earned an MBA from there as well, and once worked as a White House Fellow in the Treasury Department. Reffkin has run nearly 50 marathons to boot, one in each state.


08/16/18
...Robert Reffkin (Credit: iStock) Compass is taking a bite out of the Peach State. The New...

08/08/18
...Julie Binder and Robert Reffkin Julie Binder — Compass' head of communications and a member of its leadership team — is...

08/03/18
...Adelaide Polsinelli and Robert Reffkin (Credit: iStock and LinkedIn) UPDATED, Aug. 3, 4:58 p.m.: Compass is going after a bigger...

07/27/18
...Compass CEO Robert Reffkin Amid broker backlash, Compass is pulling the plug on its first licensing deal with...

07/26/18
...sewing up $450 million from SoftBank in December, CEO Robert Reffkin said Compass was aiming to have 20 percent market share in 20 major cities by 2020. The...

07/24/18
...Robert Reffkin (Credit: Compass via Facebook) When acquiring other brokerages, Compass pays between four and six...

07/20/18
...agents encouraging them to speak with firm CEO Robert Reffkin. If an agent replies, Reffkin has been known to respond personally in short order...

07/19/18
...Compass CEO Robert Reffkin (Credit: Compass and iStock) UPDATED, July 19, 3:50 p.m.: By 2028, Compass CEO Robert Reffkin wants...

07/09/18
...San Francisco skyline with Robert Reffkin and Bob Dadurka Compass is forging ahead with its national expansion by acquiring Paragon...

07/09/18
...sewing up $450 million from SoftBank in December, CEO Robert Reffkin said Compass was aiming to have 20 percent market share in 20 major cities by 2020. The...

...sewing up $450 million from SoftBank in December, CEO Robert Reffkin said Compass was aiming to have 20 percent market share in 20 major cities by 2020. The...

05/18/18
...Heather Gustafson and Robert Reffkin Compass has launched a new development marketing and sales division in Chicago, hiring away...

05/02/18
...these incredibly large and complex .” Compass, founded by Robert Reffkin and Ori Allon, has created a single platform with tools for agents to share...

...these incredibly large and complex .” Compass, founded by Robert Reffkin and Ori Allon, has created a single platform with tools for agents to share...

04/26/18
...Khurrum Malik, Robert Reffkin, Matt Rosenberg and Maelle Gavet Compass is adding to its C-suite with two new...

04/25/18
...Sean Conlon, Robert Reffkin and the Chicago skyline (Credit: Getty Images, Good Free Photos) Compass has made its...

04/24/18
...predicament: Few agents but four offices Compass CEO Robert Reffkin has said the firm intends to double its footprint in New York this year...

04/10/18
...in 20 major U.S. cities by 2020, per CEO Robert Reffkin, and shorten its path to launching an IPO, according to others. But even months...

04/09/18
...East 53rd Street, Robert Reffkin and Marc Holliday Compass is more than doubling its footprint in Midtown with a...

04/02/18
...In Chicago, Compass and its CEO Robert Reffkin (pictured) will find a market dominated by local names In early March, a 25-foot-wide...

...in 20 major U.S. cities by 2020, per CEO Robert Reffkin, and shorten its path to launching an IPO, according to others. But even months...

03/28/18
...investment, which valued the company at $2.2 billion. CEO Robert Reffkin has outlined plans to be a major force in 20 U.S. markets by 2020. Compass...

03/22/18
...such as video, 3D imaging and collaborative apps. Robert Reffkin, CEO of tech-focused Compass, said millennials are part of the broader mix of clients...

03/16/18
...From left: Robert Reffkin, Maelle Gavet, Craig Anderson and Liming Zhao Two of Compass' key executives — chief financial...

03/13/18
...ninth-floor office with the firm’s two co-founders, Robert Reffkin, its CEO, and Ori Allon, its executive chairman. She and Reffkin sit at the...
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12/21/16
...From left: Jason Smith, Robert Reffkin, Eric Wu and Nick Romito (Credit: Lexi Pilgrim for The Real Deal) The real...

01/05/16
...It’s taking advantage of unsophisticated sellers.” — Compass' Robert Reffkin Reffkin said that getting actual business through an auction house or international brokerage partner...

12/31/15
...play ball with the firm. Compass vs. everyone Robert Reffkin Another beneficiary of venture capital was residential brokerage Compass, which soared to an $800 million...

09/09/15
...to work with us against their will,” CEO Robert Reffkin said at the time, “in a client services business, is something that we had...
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