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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.

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02/01/2018
By the end of the month, the firm, which is headed by CEO Robert Reffkin, had hired 50 more agents in Manhattan to close out the year with 713 agents in the borough, up from 300 in 2016...

08/01/2017
The announcement looked like a big win for the brokerage’s three-year-old new-development division. Compass, the venture capital-backed startup founded by Ori Allon and Robert Reffkin in 2010, has brought on big names such as Leonard Steinberg, Toni Haber and Billy Goldstein in recent years and has closed $417.6 million in New York City new-development condo deals since June 2014...

12/21/2016
The company, founded by Robert Reffkin and Ori Allon, has been growing aggressively and poaching brokers from rival firms...

07/01/2016
“One of the reasons we came to create a brokerage is that we felt that agents as customers of a brokerage are not getting the experience they deserve, and that investment into the agent experience is very low in the brokerage world,” Compass CEO Robert Reffkin said of his hiring strategy...

05/01/2016
Douglas Elliman Chair Howard Lorber, Corcoran Group CEO and Pam Liebman (Photo by Studio Scrivo) When the average Manhattan pad costs $2 million, it’s a Douglas Elliman Chair Howard Lorber, Corcoran Group CEO and Pam Liebman (Photo by Studio Scrivo) When the average Manhattan pad costs $2 million, it’s a...

01/05/2016
It’s taking advantage of unsophisticated sellers.” â€' Compass' Robert Reffkin Reffkin said that getting actual business through an auction house or international brokerage partner was extremely rare...

01/01/2016
The gap may explain investors’ outsized interest in Compass, a tech-enabled brokerage founded in 2013 by Robert Reffkin and Ori Allon, which has an $800 million valuation...

12/31/2015
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09/09/2015
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05/01/2015
Compass, which launched in 2013 and clocked in at No. 9, closed $394.3 million, according to TRD’s research. “Selling $400 million in less than one year since launching sales reflects the quality and growth of our agents,” CEO Robert Reffkin said...

05/01/2015
CEO Robert Reffkin said Compass jumped into the market in 2013 determined to upend the status quo by offering new technology for its agents...

04/01/2015
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