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Robert Reffkin

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


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...

11/19/18
...her work focused on tech and media deals. Robert Reffkin and Maelle Gavet In a statement, CEO Robert Reffkin said Ankerbandt will help to...

11/14/18
...of the country's top residential brokerages. Panelists included Robert Reffkin (Compass),  Howard Lorber (Douglas Elliman), Pamela Liebman (The Corcoran Group), Mauricio Umansky (The Agency...

11/13/18
...Robert Reffkin Another day, another brokerage deal. Compass is growing its Washington D.C. presence with...

11/12/18
...lucrative bonuses and equity to attract talent, CEO Robert Reffkin said the Agent Equity Program was the company’s response to agents who wanted...

11/05/18
...by the bank have spoken up. Compass CEO Robert Reffkin said SoftBank has been a “great partner” to his company and that he looks...

10/30/18
...photo booths. Pamela Liebman, Michael Stern, Louise Sunshine, Robert Reffkin, Craig Robins, Jackie Soffer and others spoke on a handful of panels covering the...

10/30/18
...Golod — who for two years was Compass CEO Robert Reffkin...

10/25/18
...brokerage model is not sustainable,” said Compass CEO Robert Reffkin, a panelist at the event at Mana Wynwood in Miami. He added, “Well before...

10/24/18
...Madison Avenue and Robert Reffkin (Credit: LoopNet) Expansion-hungry Compass is opening a new flagship office in the Upper East...

10/23/18
...s 1,700 agents and 54 offices under the Compass banner, Robert Reffkin’s tech unicorn is now the largest independent brokerage in California, according to Real...

10/22/18
...Robert Reffkin (Credit: iStock) UPDATED, Nov. 15, 11:35 a.m.: With more than 7,000 agents working under its banner...
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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...