Why Robert Reffkin's mother is coming to work at Compass

  • Robert Reffkin, the CEO of Compass has just hired his mother to work in his Upper East Side office.
  • Ruth Reffkin was his inspiration for entering the field of real estate which needed a new approach, he said.
  • Compass is opening new offices in San Francisco in the fall.

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It was real estate agent Ruth Reffkin’s birthday on Wednesday. The active Manhattan agent turned 71. And rather than thinking about retirement to spend time with her grandchildren — whom she adores — she started a brand new job at her son’s company, Compass, a tech-driven real estate brokerage.