Meet Dominique Duque

Dominique Duque lives for the present. After a lifetime spent traveling the world, growing a family, and building her own business, the Miami-based Sales Manager knows how important it is to follow your bliss, seize your moment, and focus on the things in life that really matter to you.

As a Compass Sales Manager, Dominique oversees a portfolio of 300+ agents, and she urges them everyday to be mindful of these same life-affirming principles. Empowering agents to do their best work and live their best lives is the essence of Dominique’s role.

To hear Dominique tell it, Sales Managers are required to don many caps throughout the course of their day: counselor, therapist, executive, life coach, friend, confidant, even parent.

“My job all comes back to the same thing, which is giving back,” she says. “It’s about helping other agents become the best version of themselves.”

Her work requires a nurturing nature and generous spirit, and a quick conversation with Dominique immediately reveals why she’s so eminently suited for the job: she exudes warmth, openness, honesty, and just the right mixture of confidence and self-deprecation.

Yet while the role seems a perfect fit for Dominique now, becoming a Sales Manager for Compass was not always in the cards. A desire for lucrative part-time work first led Dominique to the real estate world fourteen years ago, when she first secured her license and became an agent. She subsequently built a successful business servicing the Miami Beach and Aventura markets before making the move to Compass in 2017.

A self-professed lover of all things technology and marketing, Dominique was originally drawn to Compass because of the brokerage’s unique platform and reputation for being on the cutting-edge of real estate. She also wanted to build her own team of agents and felt Compass would offer her more support in this endeavor than other brokerages.

Like many agents who migrate to Compass, right away Dominique’s business experienced that fabled Compass “glow up.” Within three months of joining Compass, she went from having an inventory of three listings to twenty! She was doing big business and making her mark, yet something wasn’t quite clicking for Dominique.

“Chasing the next deal, focusing on volume of listings and sales, it stopped being exciting to me,” Dominique admits. “What I found myself being really excited about was helping other agents.”

Though it was the Compass platform that first brought Dominique to the brokerage, it was the Compass culture that kept her there.

“I fell in love with the culture here,” she says. “Collaboration is the first word I think of when I think of Compass. I’ve been at other brokerages that were competitive to the extreme. Compass is not like that. The agents here are competitive, but they also want to help each other out, they want to help each other grow.”

Dominique herself personifies Compass’s collaborative culture. Indeed it’s precisely because of generous, good-natured sales managers like Dominique that Compass has garnered a reputation in the industry for being the brokerage that cares about its people and puts its agents first.

Within the halls of Compass Florida, Dominique herself has earned a reputation for staying fiercely committed to her agents. When meeting with her one-on-one, agents know they command Dominique’s full attention and complete focus.

“When I’m talking to them, I never look at my phone, I’m never checking my email. I’m very mindful of their time and I’m focused 100 percent on them.”

And while Dominique is happy to talk shop all day long with the agents she manages, she also uses their intimate conversations to remind them to always be thinking about the big picture in life, to always be mindful of how important it is to stop and smell the roses once in a while and just be present in the moment.

“Life can change in an instant. If you have something to say to somebody, say it now. If you want to do something in life, do it now. It all comes down to being a little more present in the moment. I always tell my agents, if you tell me a year from now ‘I took that great vacation,’ or ‘I spent more time with my family this year,’ that will make me much happier than saying, ‘I just made $3 million.’”

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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.