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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.


10/09/18
...Robert Reffkin and 333 Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn Soon, Compass will be in the heart of Brooklyn...

09/28/18
...From left: Masayoshi Son and Robert Reffkin (Credit: Getty Images and iStock) A war chest of $1.2 billion gets you one step...

09/27/18
...From left: Softbank's Masayoshi Son and Compass' Robert Reffkin and Ori Allon (Credit: Getty Images) Compass is officially a $4.4 billion brokerage. The New...

09/26/18
...Vickey Barron and Robert Reffkin Vickey Barron — one of the city’s top agents and a heavy hitter in...

09/21/18
...July when firm founder Ori Allon and CEO Robert Reffkin were raising their latest round of cash. Many industry sources, however, consider it futile...

09/17/18
...roll out in the coming days. Compass CEO Robert Reffkin said the new strategy "will help our agents get a head start on marketing...

09/14/18
...surrounding home buying. Earlier this year, Compass CEO Robert Reffkin said he envisions a time when brokerage commissions make up a small part of...

09/12/18
...Robert Reffkin with COO Maëlle Gavet, who joined Compass from discount travel website Priceline (Photos...

09/05/18
...Robert Reffkin with COO Maëlle Gavet, who joined Compass from discount travel website Priceline (Photos...

...Robert Reffkin with COO Maëlle Gavet, who joined Compass from discount travel website Priceline (Photos...

08/29/18
...Compass CEO Robert Reffkin playing Jeopardy (Credit: DJgame2 and Gameshows Wikia) Meridian Capital Group wasn’t looking to...

08/28/18
...Robin Abrams & Robert Reffkin Compass has tapped Robin Abrams and her team from Eastern Consolidated to grow the...

08/24/18
...buy San Francisco-based Pacific Union International Realty, CEO Robert Reffkin confirmed in an email to the firm’s employees. Pacific Union, which is the...

08/22/18
...Mark McLaughlin (left) and Robert Reffkin (right) (Credit: iStock) On the night of Aug. 5, Pacific Union CEO Mark McLaughlin fired...

08/21/18
...Mark McLaughlin and Robert Reffkin (Credit: Jeff Newton, iStock) Compass is closing in on a blockbuster deal to buy...

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...
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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...