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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.


02/21/18
...Vernon, a proposed townhouse project in Mamaroneck, and Robert Reffkin and Ori Allon of Compass with Heather and Zach Harrison. Compass to buy Scarsdale-based...

02/16/18
...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...

02/14/18
...Maps of Westchester County, Robert Reffkin, Ori Allon, Heather and Zach Harrison (Credit: Google Maps, Instagram and Platinum Drive Realty...

02/12/18
...From left: Andrew Saunders, Meg Salem and Robert Reffkin Back in 2015, Hamptons-based Saunders & Associates came out swinging when former agent Meg Salem...

02/12/18
...facility from China Citic Bank, according to Reuters. Robert Reffkin and Ori Allon (Credit: Instagram) Compass rumpus: The week brought fresh allegations of corporate...

02/07/18
...From left: Eric Benaim, Robert Reffkin and Jessica Meis Compass’ plan to be the king of Queens may not come...

02/05/18
...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...

...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...

01/24/18
...Robert Reffkin and Glenn Kelman The red-hot political climate in the U.S. has left some...

01/02/18
...From left: Robert Reffkin, Adam Neumann and Masayoshi Son Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Vision Fund committed almost $5 billion...

12/31/17
...in the country’s top 20 cities. From left: Robert Reffkin, Ori Allon and Masayoshi Son (Photo illustration by Lexi Pilgrim for The Real Deal...

12/21/17
...From left: Adam Neumann, Robert Reffkin, Ori Allon, Masayoshi Son and Ryan Williams Though property prices came back down to...

12/15/17
...From right: Fabienne Lecole and Robert Reffkin Fabienne Lecole has once again jumped ship, leaving the Corcoran Group for Compass. The...

12/11/17
...possible,” Willkie said at the time. Compass’ CEO Robert Reffkin responded, as one does, with Gandhi. “First they ignore you,” he tweeted, “then they...

12/08/17
...From left: Robert Reffkin, Ori Allon and Masayoshi Son (Photo illustration by Lexi Pilgrim for The Real Deal...

12/07/17
...From left: SoftBank's Masayoshi Son, Robert Reffkin and Ori Allon (Credit: Getty Images and Instagram) Compass — the startup brokerage and fundraising...

11/10/17
...Ori Allon and Robert Reffkin For nearly five years, Compass’ rivals have told a well-worn story that goes something...

11/08/17
...the future holds #CompassEverywhere A post shared by Robert Reffkin (@robreffkin) on Nov 8, 2017 at 5:36am PST Following the successful public offering for Redfin — another...

10/17/17
...take a meeting with Compass executives, including CEO Robert Reffkin, to consider joining the firm. Shull denied the allegations. “I put a lot of...

09/15/17
...unfair for me to give my opinion without Robert Reffkin here...

09/07/17
...From left: Stan Richman, Robert Reffkin and Allison Yazdian Shake-up season isn't over at Compass. Stan Richman, who joined the...

08/30/17
...the post Sept. 5. Anderson will report to CEO Robert Reffkin and will facilitate the startup's "hypergrowth," Compass said in a statement. Snider, an alumnus...

08/23/17
...the newly-created post on Sept. 1, reporting to CEO Robert Reffkin and COO Maëlle Gavet, the firm said. As a member of Compass' executive...

08/17/17
...the course as far as I can tell." Robert Reffkin, CEO of Compass, said that "instead of getting comfort from the President of the...

08/07/17
...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...
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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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