Who we are

Smith & Berg Partners COMPASS, led by F. Ron Smith and David Berg, is a team of So Cal real estate experts, covering the entire Los Angeles area, from the hills to the sea. Each agent is uniquely qualified with the expertise, relationships and focus to represent buyers, sellers, developers, investors, banks, corporations and all others interested in the opportunity to be a part of the Los Angeles real estate dream.


We are so proud of this team of real estate experts who love what they do and have enormous fun while doing it. You are invited to read more about each of us here.

F. Ron Smith

Founding Partner | DRE# 00961954
310.569.4889 mobile
With entrepreneurial spirit, F. Ron Smith co-founded the LA boutique real estate powerhouse Partners Trust. Through his leadership style and visionary marketing tactics, the company, sold in 2018 to Pacific Union (now Compass), grossed more than $10 Billion in sales. Consistently a top producer since beginning his career in real estate over thirty years ago, F. Ron has been inv...

David Berg

Founding Partner | DRE# 01481236
310.699.6151 mobile
David Berg is one California’s leading real estate professionals whose success over the past eighteen years has earned him a position at the forefront of LA’s real estate scene. Consistently a top producer throughout his entire career, David (known to most as “Berg”) puts forth an ideal blend of industry knowledge, negotiating skills and authentic person...

Nathan Stadler

Associate Partner | DRE# 01994107
310.413.5205 mobile
A lifetime Angeleno and accomplished film executive, Nathan Stadler worked alongside some of the world’s most notable artists and celebrities before segueing into selling the best of Los Angeles residential real estate. This professional pedigree has honed a keen ability to network, relate and negotiate — a combination that makes his clients' experience a positive o...

Rick Torres

Associate Partner | DRE# 01946415
310.849.7998 mobile
Of the many lessons taught to Rick by his mother, the one that continues to guide his professional career today is a simple one: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Born in Los Angeles, and raised in Beverly Hills and the Westside, Rick has an intimate knowledge of the local landscape and enjoys showing clients the ins and outs of the area. Whether it's the best...

Sewit Eshetu

Associate Partner | DRE# 01259497
310.500.3292 mobile
310.500.3292 office
Success is an art form. Sewit brings an uncommonly creative approach to finding optimal solutions to her clients’ real estate needs and challenges. For Sewit, in real estate, success is an art form. Framed by her experience, her canvas is her modus operandi; the medium, her tenacity and perseverance; and the brushstrokes, a beguiling nuance and subtlety. Together, they c...

Trevor Edmond

Associate Partner | DRE# 01945030
310.500.3915 mobile
310.500.3915 office
Trevor Edmond is a man of character and purpose—a truth that shines through his actions, whether parenting his two young daughters or serving clients as part of the Smith & Berg Partners. In fact, his favorite transaction wasn’t based upon a dividend but rather a relationship, aiding a couple in relocating from New York to Los Angeles and closing escrow the week...

Robert Morton

Associate Partner | DRE# 01975689
310.500.3319 office
Passion, professionalism and perseverance are the three traits that led Morty to Smith & Berg Partners, COMPASS as an Associate Partner. Those same three qualities put him at the top of the television industry, winning two Emmy Awards and ten nominations, most notably as Executive Producer of David Letterman’s shows on both NBC and CBS, for fourteen years. ...

Brandon Smith

Associate Partner | DRE# 02013050
310.433.6266 mobile
Born, raised, educated and passionate about Los Angeles, Brandon’s enthusiasm and interest in So Cal real estate can be traced to growing up with the real estate wisdom,  incredible business acumen and encouragement of his father, F. Ron Smith. A graduate of Crossroads School in Santa Monica and USC’s Marshall School of Business, Brandon’s  perspecti...

Hannah Pilkington

Associate Partner | DRE# 02066257
704.467.1793 mobile
Hannah grew up in a small town in North Carolina, but moved to New York City the day after graduating at the top of her class to begin an education at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. There she developed an appreciation for the hard work that it takes to build a life of value and achievement. Upon graduating NYU, Hannah worked as an actor in New York before mov...

Katy Yambao

Associate Partner | DRE# 02095288
412.216.1922 mobile
Katy is so excited to be embarking on her real estate career and is beyond thrilled to be a member of one of the best teams in the industry.   She grew up in Pittsburgh and then attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison where she studied Political Science and Mandarin. After college she moved to New York City where she spent the next several years...

Ryan Bergum

Associate Partner | DRE# 02046558
858.431.6290 mobile
Ryan is a Southern California native, giving him a thorough understanding of local market trends, inventory, and the ultimate SoCal lifestyle. He is the next generation of realtor, combining old school work ethic with new school innovation, ensuring transactions are executed as seamless as possible. As the oldest of five children, Ryan has an inherent ability to connect with hi...

Tyler  Drinkwater

Associate Partner | DRE# 02112336
617.818.0098 mobile
Tyler Drinkwater, yes, that’s really his last name, believes in authenticity and integrity. His father, a successful real estate agent in Boston, instilled these two principles in him. An East Coast transplant, Tyler was born and raised in downtown Boston. Before landing in Los Angeles, he lived in New York City where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree at New York ...

Courtney Welsh

Director of Operations | DRE# 01764903
415.971.1223 mobile
Courtney Welsh possesses over 15 years of experience in luxury residential real estate managing the operations for top producing teams and agents in some of California's most sought-after markets, including the westside of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her early experience working as an agent combined with exposure to an inestimable number of real ...

Krista Masella

Office Manager | DRE# 01969303
951.707.7555 mobile
Krista Masella has seven years' experience in the Los Angeles real estate industry, fueled by a love for architecture and home design. Her creative approach and systems oriented mindset provides a unique skillset in the office. She was licensed in 2015, but enjoys working behind the scenes to help run the ship. Outside of real estate you can find her hiking beautiful ...

Parisa  Nikzad

DRE# 02120813
310.467.7153 mobile
A So-Cal native with East Coast roots. Parisa grew up in Encino, California in a family of commercial real estate investors. She attended Milken Community High School and the Cinema School at USC. After graduating, she worked in production on movies like The Divergent Series and joined a top ad agency that managed digital and print marketing campaigns for Avengers, Black Mirror...

Garrett  Sanders

Garrett moved to Los Angeles in 2018 and has worked as a Concierge for the InterContinental Hotel in Downtown LA and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, offering the highest level of guest services for the luxury brand resorts. He is excited to venture into the real estate world with such a stellar team of driven professionals at SBP. Prior to his West Coast move he attended Flori...