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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.


02/14/19
...Scott Klein and Robert Reffkin Scott Klein, who led one of Douglas Elliman's top teams in Brooklyn, just moved...

02/11/19
...Compass CEO Robert Reffkin and New York MLS Jim Speer (Credit: iStock and New MLS Info) Compass is...

02/06/19
...From left: Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, Pam Liebman, Robert Reffkin, Diane Ramirez, Clelia Peters, Adam Modlin, Howard Lorber, Eddie Shapiro and Bess Freedman (Illustration...

...From left: Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, Pam Liebman, Robert Reffkin, Diane Ramirez, Clelia Peters, Adam Modlin, Howard Lorber, Eddie Shapiro and Bess Freedman (Illustration...

02/01/19
...country, Compass is now taking a break. CEO Robert Reffkin said at an Inman conference this week in Manhattan that told the SoftBank Group-backed...

01/31/19
...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...

01/29/19
...Robert Reffkin (Credit: InsideHook) After a nationwide expansion spree last year, Compass is taking a breather...

01/29/19
...Brett Weinblatt and Robert Reffkin (Credit: Adam Pincus) With investment sales and office leasing teams in place, Compass is...

01/28/19
...said during a 2015 keynote speech. The sentiment mirrored Robert Reffkin’s battle cry. A former chief of staff to then-Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn...

01/25/19
...Rob Lehman and Robert Reffkin (Credit: Getty Images, Columbia, and Compass) Compass’ move into Chicago set off alarm bells...

01/24/19
...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...

01/23/19
...to Compass. The seven-year old firm, headed by Robert Reffkin and Ori Allon, has ramped up hiring again in New York after closing a...

01/12/19
...Robert Reffkin (Credit: Getty Images, iStock) Compass is continuing its national expansion with two more locations...

01/04/19
...Robert Reffkin (Credit: Columbia University and iStock) In many ways, Robert Reffkin had a blessed year...

12/19/18
...blame game is in full effect once again. Robert Reffkin, CEO of the four-year-old venture-capital-backed brokerage Compass, took a not-so-veiled shot at Elliman and...

12/18/18
...Miami Showcase & Forum in October, Compass CEO Robert Reffkin characterized his approach to recruitment by saying he’s like a “door knocker agent...

12/13/18
...Compass CEO Robert Reffkin (Credit: iStock) Compass is launching a technology campus in Seattle geared toward building “real...

12/04/18
...leaders like WeWork’s Adam Neumann and Compass’ Robert Reffkin, it can seem expansion is limitless and the wealth they are able to create...

12/04/18
...From left: Maëlle Gavet, Ori Allon, Robert Reffkin, and Joseph Sirosh It took nine months, but Compass has a new chief technology...

...leaders like WeWork’s Adam Neumann and Compass’ Robert Reffkin, it can seem expansion is limitless and the wealth they are able to create...

11/30/18
...Dorfman sued the SoftBank-backed brokerage and its CEO Robert Reffkin four years ago, but his specific monetary claim was not initially disclosed and subsequently...

11/29/18
...Robert Reffkin and Robert Lehman (Credit: Compass and iStock) Over the past year, Compass has offered...

11/27/18
...Halstead's Brendan Aguayo, Douglas Elliman's Howard Lorber, Compass' Robert Reffkin, and Modern Spaces' Eric Benaim (Credit: iStock, Getty Images (Lorber, Benaim), Halstead (Aguayo)) When...

11/26/18
...From left: Robert Reffkin, Avi Dorfman, and Ori Allon (Credit: iStock) Four years ago, tech entrepreneur Avi Dorfman...

11/23/18
...the “next stage of hypergrowth” at Compass, CEO Robert Reffkin said in a statement. Before her time at Carlyle, Ankerbrandt worked at Goldman Sachs...
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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...