As a Realtor in Beverly Hills for the past seventeen years, I have personally seen my share of changes in the industry but none as dramatic as the ones I’ve witnessed in the last two years of having joined Compass. This company truly believes that the agent is “their customer”and that their role is to provide them with the tools to grow within a culture that is not based solely on commission rankings, but on the individual’s character. They essentially have turned the industry as a whole on it’s head in the most positive way and are accelerating at rocket speed. In order to get to the core belief system of any company I think it’s important to get to know those individuals that dreamed the initial dream, rode out the storm and created their own path. The following is an up close and personal piece with Robert Reffkin; one of the founders of Compass, so you can get some insight on a side of him most people don’t know.
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
I am a huge movie and tv fan. Some of my favorites include Star Wars, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
Who is your role model and why?
My mom. As a single parent, she did an amazing job not only raising me, but becoming an entrepreneur — starting off as an insurance agent and then becoming a real estate agent. With her creative entrepreneurial spirit, she not only supported our small family of 2 but she showed me through her actions that with hard work I could realize my dreams.
Do you have a favorite mantra and if so, what is it?
Good leaders must be good learners and by definition, good learners are good listeners – Colin Powell.
What does your dream home look like? Architecture? Overall design preference? What city?
It’s hard to say because I have had the chance to travel to many incredible places around this country, but if I had to pick two I would pick a Townhouse in Fort Greene Brooklyn or a home in the East Bay of San Francisco, where I grew up. I have two young daughters so I would want a home where there was plenty of space for them to play and enjoy the home.
What is your morning ritual?
When I am not traveling, I get up around 6:30am and respond to emails and get caught up on the news that day. I like to be there when my daughters wake up and we spend the morning together while I help them get ready for school. I then walk them to school and head to the Compass office for the rest of the day.
How do you relax?
On the weekends when I am with my wife and daughters is when I get to really relax. Whether it’s exploring the city with my daughters Ruby and Raia or spending quality time with my wife Benis, the time we spend together is when I can unwind and enjoy the most important people in my life.
What is the best advice that you were ever given?
It’s hard to focus on one piece of advice as I have been fortunate to learn from great mentors and colleagues throughout my career. However, one that I consistently share with people is you will never be your best self unless you are doing something you are passionate about. Being passionate about what you are doing will drive you to turn the impossible into possible and be relentlessly optimistic, which are essential to turning your dreams into reality.
If there was a phrase to describe your personality, what would it be?
Constantly looking to improve and get better. I believe every day is a chance to get better and learn from those around you.
As a Compass Realtor, I’ve learned many lessons over the past two years in this new progressive environment. “Be your best self” is one phrase imbedded in my head. Work doesn’t have to be just a place to earn a check, it can be that community that provides the wings to get you to the next level.
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Photo Credits: Robert Reffkin