Leonard Steinberg started a firestorm in the real estate profession when he joined the small start-up technology-focused New York-based brokerage Urban Compass as company President in mid-2014 after 17 years in the industry at both Corcoran and Douglas Elliman. The 50-person company backed by Goldman Sachs, Founders Fund, and a host of other private equity entities that have since been joined by Wellington Fund, Fidelity, Dragoneer, and Softbank Vision Fund - has mushroomed in about 7 years to a 20,000-person-plus, nationally recognized brand called simply Compass with over 325 offices throughout the USA and over $150 billion in sales volume in 2020.
Leonard has always remained in daily brokerage and changed his title to Chief Evangelist in 2018 as Compass adapted to include several regional presidents. He embodies the new breed of modern real estate professional who provides substantive knowledge about all aspects of real estate and full-fledged, elegant, and discreet service to sellers, developers, and buyers of New York property with over two decades of experience and several billion dollars in sales. He has worked with numerous developers and their architects including Tadao Ando, Annabelle Selldorf, Cook + Fox, Rogers, Stirk & Harbor, and Sir Norman Foster to help create and market some of Manhattan's most recognizable residential landmarks.
Leonard is also the Founding Vice-Chairperson of NYRAC, an industry organization created in 2018 for residential real estate agents focused on elevating the consumer experience by raising the status of the residential brokerage profession in New York City encouraging innovation, transparency, ethics, advocacy, influence, best practices, education, collegiality, and professional networking.