Compass, Redfin CEOs open up about navigating political division

An emotional panel featuring high-profile industry leaders unfolded Tuesday during a talk at CEO Connect

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Inman Connect San Francisco, Jul 16-20, 2018

NEW YORK — Chief executives from two high-profile brokerage companies with wildly divergent business models spoke candidly on Tuesday at Inman Connect New York about the travails of voicing public opinion in a fractured political climate. Robert Reffkin, the outspoken chief executive of the private company Compass, and Glenn Kelman, the chief executive of publicly traded Redfin, agreed that navigating the land mines and pitfalls of public opinion in the age of Donald Trump can come with a risk to the bottom line. “I don’t think it has anything to do with being publicly traded as much as ... I feel like a coward often,” said Kelman in an emotional panel that unfolded Tuesday during a CEO Connect talk entitled "Leading a New Generation of Companies." “We took a public position on immigration,” Kelman continued. “It’s so central to housing, it’s central to our employees, we just had to do it … But I just have to ask myself, I have to remember, there are employ...