Meet Betsy Ronel

Betsy Ronel has a knack for jumping in, feet first. From her former career in public relations for luxury fashion houses, to moving cross-country (twice), to promoting the businesses and people she’s passionate about, and forming meaningful relationships with her clients, Betsy has a way of doing the work it takes to make things happen.


“I grew up in a very special house in Riverdale, New York,” Betsy says of her formative experiences with real estate. “And that sort of ignited my passion for homes, so I loved house building and design since my childhood.” After Betsy—who has a taste for unique opportunities and adventure—moved her family from New York to Santa Fe, New Mexico she found herself bored. She remembers thinking, “I gotta do something. I gotta create something, I gotta promote something.” So Betsy reignited her passion, and began renovating and restoring homes.


That taste of the real estate market gave Betsy the inspiration to get her license when, years later, she moved back to Westchester, NY. Though Betsy jumped right into this new career, her chapter was not met without adversity. “My biggest challenge,” Betsy says, “was making a business literally out of thin air. My kids didn’t grow up here. My old friends moved away, so I had no established contacts. No relevance here. No friends. No actives. When I came back I was like a new person.”

Not one to passively sit by, Betsy joined a brokerage in her area, and started hustling to build out her sphere. “Zillow helped a lot,” she says of growing her client base.“I know people hate to hear that, but I subscribed to Zillow almost immediately and did a lot of business there.” Betsy also credits reigniting old friendships, getting involved in community life, smiling, and being a ‘yes person’ as ways she not only got her foot in the proverbial door, but swung it right open.


Coaching also gave Betsy the support she needed to grow her business. “Chirag has really changed my mindset on a lot of things,” Betsy says of her CSC coach. “I’m a new agent, so I’m still very moldable and teachable. I want to change. I want to be the best I can be. Chirag imparts his wisdom, and I take it in. And I just do what he says, and it shows.”


Last year, only her third in the business, Betsy sold $22 million of real estate, significant for any agent, especially a rookie. Betsy takes her success in stride saying, “I’d like to be an inspiration for those new agents who are starting and thinking, ‘Oh my god, how am I gonna do this?’” Betsy would remind new agents “to pull from every resource you have—even if you think you have nothing and no experience, you do. And that’s what I love about real estate. Anyone who works hard can make it in this business.”


This upcoming year Betsy would like to build her name recognition and be one of the top three realtors in her town. This natural hustler would, admittedly, like to hustle slightly less. “I want to get to a point where my name and my brand is top of mind for people,” Betsy says.

Nearly a year ago Betsy joined Compass because she felt that at Compass,“your business really is your business,” which aligns with her future brand goals. “I have a big personality,” Betsy says. “I want to stand out to make my name known in my town. I want people to know it’s me, and not you know, twenty other agents at the brokerage.” Betsy also can’t deny the forward thinking of Compass is reshaping the entire real estate industry, “and that..” she says, “I want to be a part of that.”


Want to watch Betsy’s journey? Follow her @compass.betsyronel.luxeliving 

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Adrianna Nava

Coach & Advisor
Expert in Compass Tools; Business Modernization; Prospecting

The first real estate deal Adrianna put together was unusual in several ways: she was only 17 years old; her parents were the listing agents; and (strangest of all for an agent) she did it for free! Since then, Adrianna has nurtured a lifelong passion for real estate, and learned the value of commissions! Wearing many hats throughout her career, Adrianna spent 20 years managing her own portfolio of real estate properties; 10 years as a licensed real estate agent; and the past four years working with Compass as a Senior Agent Experience Manager. It is in this last role that Adrianna has made her mark on the Compass brand and transformed the lives and businesses of Compass agents throughout the country. 
Adrianna previously worked as a Senior Agent Experience Manager at Compass and has over 8,000 hours of training Compass agents on using the Compass platform, as well as honing their strengths and skills, to grow their businesses. Now, Adrianna is the Hamptons real estate market and transaction expert, founder of, contributes a weekly market update column to Behind the Hedges and is the author of Hamptons Real Estate Showcase’s Market Watch feature.

Ethan Leifer

Coach & Advisor
Real Trends Top 100; Expert in Team Building; Lead Generation; Client Outreach

It’s fair to say that Ethan Leifer is something of a Compass fanatic. Ethan joined the Compass family in 2017 after being blown away by a combination of the firm’s incredible suite of tech tools and its obvious dedication to its agents. Ethan left the brokerage he was at, signed up with Compass, and hasn’t looked back since. But fresh starts are nothing new to Ethan. His first career was as a cantor singer in Jewish worship. But after falling in love with the real estate business, Ethan decided to radically switch gears, first making a stab at being a Long Island agent before finally settling down in Manhattan.
It’s in NYC where Ethan has truly made his mark, dominating the city’s luxury real estate market and presently leading one of Compass’s most successful agency teams. According to Ethan, the secrets to his success are as follows: relationship building; tremendous focus; and a certain type of chutzpah (he is a ‘cold calling’ master, after all). As one of our 360 Mastermind coaches, Ethan specializes in leading weekly role playing exercises with agents.

Haneen Hayder

Coach & Advisor
Real Trends WSJ #212; Expert in Property Flipping; Farming; Lead Generation

Compass agent Haneen Hayder began her real estate career in 2012, and quickly rose to the top 3% of all realtors in her brokerage nationwide and internationally. She attributes her success to excellent negotiation skills, which she considers her client’s biggest advantage.

Before becoming a realtor, Haneen earned a masters degree in Chemical Engineering, and gained international corporate experience in the field of engineering. With extensive access to off-market listings, Haneen offers buyers a multitude of avenues for achieving their real estate dreams. Her technical background is particularly advantageous in this market, helping her provide innovative and unique marketing strategies to engage potential buyers.
Haneen strives for unparalleled customer service and commitment to both buyers and sellers, giving her clients an extra edge in competitive markets. Haneen is renowned for her dedication, integrity, and first-class customer service in the Bay Area real estate market. No detail is overlooked utilizing her full-service sales approach, impact marketing campaigns, and powerful local, national, and global networks.

Amit Bhuta

Coach & Advisor
Expert in Marketing; Social Media; Brand-Building

Amit Bhuta loves his job; his passion for Compass and Miami’s luxury real estate market is contagious—just ask any of his nearly 80,000 social media followers. As the leader of the All in Miami team, and a nearly 16 year industry veteran, Amit has a deep understanding of the sales, communication, and marketing skills it takes to succeed in this business. Brand-building and storytelling are Amit’s specialties; and as a coach, regular fixture on Workplace, and co-host of “Ask Me Anything,” Amit is committed to helping his fellow agents grow their own brands, and earn more money by doing things they really enjoy. His goal is to help each realtor love their jobs too.

David Severance

Chief Learning Officer & Coach
Expert in Leadership; Team Building; Business Strategy

As the son of a Westchester real estate agent, David Severance was exposed to the world of sales at an early age. He witnessed first hand the dedication, grit, and relationship-building skills that go into the job. Around this time, David also developed an interest in psychology, specifically the way our perceptions influence our choices and outcomes. When he eventually moved to Japan during college, David really started thinking about many of his own beliefs about relating to others and the makings of a life well-lived. David believes that success comes from our ability to profoundly connect with and influence those around us.
For 15 years David rose through the ranks of one of the world’s biggest airlines, where he applied his psychology background to studying what makes teams effective and how they get derailed. His work inspired international companies to find new ways of working together, both internally and publicly.

In 2005 David became a certified coach and started working with leaders in Fortune 500 companies, where he’s been at the cutting edge of leadership theory and practice. Now David brings his expertise to small teams and startups, and teaches leaders how to relate more effectively with teammates and clients.

As a coach at CSC, David runs our Leadership Mastery program, as well as leading GCI Accelerator sessions each week and working with individual clients. He looks forward to working with agents who want to grow as team leaders and find more fulfillment in their lives and jobs.

Chirag Shah

CEO & Founder

By working with Chirag Shah you can expect effective, results-driven coaching, or as one of his clients said, “you can learn more from three months with Chirag than you can in three years on your own.” Whether it’s creating systems, structures, and processes that help you grow your business; building out your team, or learning to enforce healthy work/life boundaries, Chirag wants to help you bring your vision for your future to life. As a life-long learner, people-person, and curious problem-solver, Chirag has been a student of real estate coaching since he got his realtor’s license in 2007.

In fact, Chirag is a self-described ‘real estate training seminars obsessive,’ because he loves innovating ways to help agents maximize their potential.

Chirag’s drive to inspire transformation in his colleagues made him a natural fit for Compass’s Director of Coaching and Training, a position he held for two years. While at Compass, Chirag spent over 5,000 hours training Compass agents; he created Pitching Compass, which became the gold standard for agents’ pitches, and developed both regional and national trainings that helped share Compass’s value proposition—and not just what Compass does, but how they do it.

“The How” is big for Chirag, who believes if you’re going to tell someone to do something, you need to give them steps on how to do it. This coaching philosophy guides the work he does with his clients, which include teams and agents that are featured in Real Trends Top 100 lists, and rank amongst the top 1% of realtors in the country. Chirag spends time understanding what is most important to each individual, the direction they want to take their businesses and lives, and then he creates a custom roadmap, with step-by-step processes to help get them there.