Our Story

Chirag was four when he got his first job at his parents’ stationery store in Larchmont, NY. From the moment he could see over the counter, he asked everyone the same question: “How can I help?” Anyone who knows Chirag can see that service and gratitude are built right into his DNA.

Whether it’s his work ethic or his supernatural energy, it’s impossible not to be inspired by Chirag’s genuine interest and proven ability to help every person succeed.

That’s why Chirag Shah Coaching doesn’t rely on boilerplate tasks and old-school accountability tactics. Instead, Chirag and his team give you the proven, step-by-step systems and processes that help you build a robust and transformative roadmap for your business so you can have the business and life you deserve.

If you ask Chirag’s clients what makes him different, it’s simple: Chirag shows you how to succeed in the context of your specific business. In fact, Chirag’s favorite word is HOW.

How can we make it better? More systematic? Predictable? Effective? Empathetic? Kind? How can we make what we know work for YOU?

Chirag earned his stripes first as an agent, then as an independent broker, then as Compass’s director of coaching and training. He spent more than 5,000 hours training agents to leverage Compass’s tools. Today, Chirag only works with Compass agents as one of the company’s preferred coaches.

For Chirag, the most important thing about his career is the relationships he’s built with agents across the county. “Their success is my success,” says Chirag. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”


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Meet the Team

Chirag Shah

Founder & CEO

By working with Chirag Shah, you can expect effective, results driven coaching, whether it’s creating systems, structures, and processes to help you grow your business; building out your team, or learning to enforce healthy work/life boundaries.

Kristen Shah

Kristen brings over a decade of real estate marketing and operations experience to Chirag Shah Coaching. Kristen’s real estate career began as a real estate paralegal for four years. She then joined her husband’s real estate business, owning all aspects of listing photography and developing 3D virtual tours.


In addition to her work in real estate, Kristen also built one of the largest influencer pages on social media in Westchester County which led her to her ultimate passion of social media marketing.  Kristen believes real estate and social media make for an unbeatable combination that, led by the right team of experts and support, can produce exceptional engagement and business-transforming results.


Kristen is a mother of two children and two dogs.

Deborah Leifer

Deborah Leifer brings a sterling track record of strong performance in high-pressure, high-volume environments to CSC. Prior to joining CSC, Deborah spent a decade working as the Executive Assistant to Ilan Bracha, former owner of the Keller Williams NYC brokerage and one of the city’s top real estate brokers. In this capacity, Deborah ran the day-to-day operations of the office, managed all team members and staff, and grew the business by 40% during her tenure. 


As the Chief of Staff of Operations at CSC and the Executive Assistant to Chirag Shah, Deborah ensures the smooth operation of the company by overseeing project follow-through among team members and the onboarding of all incoming clients. As the lead trainer and developer of our company’s Fast-Track Admin Training Program, Deborah directly trains and coaches the administrative staff of some of our top clients. Working closely with Chirag Shah, Deborah provides our high-value coaching clients with the administrative support they need to succeed.


In her spare time, Deborah enjoys staying active in her local community, volunteering time and energy to help feed the homeless. She also happens to be a classically trained opera singer!

Andrew Perry

Andrew Perry is proud to be a part of the Chirag Shah Coaching team. In his capacity as Social Media Manager, Andrew is responsible for generating creative material for the company’s social media content library, and then leveraging this content across the company’s various client accounts. His current position with CSC is a natural extension of the type of creative and administrative work he did at his previous place of employment, a large-scale luxury real estate brokerage in New York City, where he worked for three years. He has also acted as a freelance copywriter and content creator for various other companies and startups.


Andrew is now located in northern Virginia — the state in which he was born and where earned his Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.

Vivian Clements

Vivian was born and raised in Westchester County and is now raising her family there alongside her husband. She graduated from Pace University with a degree in elementary education and a master’s in early childhood education. She went on to earn a second master’s in literacy education.


Vivian enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, trying new recipes and restaurants, and photography.


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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 HamptonsMarketData.com, 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.