Professional Profile: Robin Abrams 2023

Robin Abrams

Name: Robin Abrams

Title: Vice Chairman

Company: Compass

Location: Manhattan

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA but grew up in Chicago

Education: BFA in Dance with a minor in Spanish Literature from U of I

First job: Babysat at 12, worked in a drugstore at 14. Had four jobs when I came to NYC so I could pay the rent until I danced professionally.

First job in real estate or allied field: Part-time executive assistant to two partners at The Lansco Corporation, where I ultimately became a principal, and spent decades.

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I have a team of eight that operates as Abrams Retail Strategies. We focus on retail leasing and consulting, and represent both tenants and landlords. I also do advisory work including expert testimony, arbitration/litigation. I love what I do and will continue to build our business.

How do you unwind from a busy day? Cook dinner while I enjoy a glass of wine and catch up with my husband.

Favorite book or author: Ayn Rand – her books impacted me as a kid.

Favorite movie: “Titanic”, I am a sucker for romance.

Favorite streaming series: “Bridgerton”

One word to describe your work environment: Collaborative.

Rules to live by in business: Operate with integrity and do what is best for your client. Strong relationships and good information help you succeed. Always exceed expectations. 

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead, but not related to you) who would it be and where would you go? Twyla Tharp and I would go to a café in the village, where I hung out when I came to New York. 

What is your DREAM job? (something other than your current job) Choreographer