Straight out of Yeshiva University's Sy Syms School of Business, Reuben Saul Robin was so keenly interested in real estate that he took a minimum wage job in the copy room of Marcus and Millichap. In three years, he worked his way up to senior associate and was tapped to direct the company's National Multi Housing Group. In his years with the company he won many sales achievement awards, including to national awards. Robin left in 2007 to found the Robin Group, his own real estate investment company focusing on multifamily properties. The company has closed $160 million in sales to date and also provides leasing, property management, research, and advisory services. Reuben sits on his local association's public policy committee and devotes three evenings a week to philanthropic organizations. He was co-chair of The Jewish Federation's Real Estate & Construction Dvision's 2009 campaign.
A Sweet Deal
When looking to buy his first place, Robin knew he wanted a unit in Los Angeles's coveted Wilshire corridor. By befriending the head valets at his most desired buildings, he gained the inside lead on a suddenly vacated unit. He bought it for a bargain and, a few years later, sold it for more than three times the price.
"Sometimes others tease me about my specific ideas about how things should be done, but there is a rationale behind it," he says. "I believe that every action we take counts, so I perform small tasks with the same mindfulness as I do large ones. Very often, it's the details that make the difference!"