Hunter Perry, Head of Strategic Growth – Compass
Hunter Perry of Compass Real Estate, sat down with us to chat about his work at Compass, working in the SnapSuites environment, and what he enjoys most about working in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay.
Learn more about Hunter and his experiences at SnapSuites:
What do you do for Compass?
“I am responsible for helping to launch the Boston operation for Compass and managing our strategic growth in Boston and the greater Boston area. So what that entails is finding opportunities for us to expand into regions outside Boston into areas like Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, as well as recruiting top real estate agents to come on board.”
What does a typical day look like for you?
“It begins with a cup of coffee from our amazing coffee machine. [Laughs] And then, I typically spend about an hour working with our regional VP discussing strategies for our growth locally and then I tend to have meetings throughout the day. Meetings are with stakeholders in real estate throughout Boston; whether they’re brokers, real estate agents, developers, we meet with people to let them know what Compass is about and learn more about their business.”
What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I enjoy the interaction with a diverse and eclectic group of people. Constantly meeting with people that are very passionate about real estate and passionate about what they do. It’s exciting to really know what’s going on in the real estate community in Boston.”
What did you do before working for Compass?
“I actually used to work for WeWork, which is a collaborative workspace. I was there in the early days of the company and helped launch the market here [In Boston], so I know collaborative workspaces pretty well.”
“I worked there for about two and a half years and was the general manager for the company in Boston for about a year and a half. I was responsible for launching and growing the Boston operation, and starting new markets around the country, like their Brooklyn and Chicago markets. “
What are your favorite things about working in the SnapSuites environment?
“I love the constant interaction with our neighbors. SnapSuites has done an amazing job creating a very positive and upbeat vibe while maintaining a very professional environment where it is easy to get work done.”
Do you think this office culture supports Compass’ growth?
“Yeah, I think that it adds to our company culture. The access to other people working hard in different fields. Even though our neighbors work in completely different industries, being in a space where you can collaborate and feel welcomed by a diverse group of people is exciting.”
What is important to you in your office’s culture?
“Having an even balance of having an open work space where it’s easy to collaborate with other people, but also having some areas where you can go to make a private call. I think that is important. Having a central area where people can meet and interact is key in having that collaborate work space. We have it here with the kitchen. And then, snacks! [Laughs] Snacks, and coffee.”
What would you tell new SnapSuites members?
“Utilize the outdoor space. The patio is bar none. It’s one of the best that I’ve seen for an office space, anywhere. At first, we were kind of shy about going out there and now, I’m certainly going to miss it.”
What is one thing in your office that you can’t live without?
Do you have a favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood?
“B Good. And my one recommendation is download the app because you’ll get tons of free stuff. I actually probably eat free there half of the time. [Laughs] I’m telling you, that app really hooks you up.”
What are some of your favorite things to do in the neighborhood when you leave work?
“I like to go to the gym. I go to Equinox, which is two blocks away. I like to go to the local restaurants. We’re within two blocks of some amazing restaurants.”
What are some of your favorite local restaurants?
“I like Atlantic Fish, Sonsie, those are a few of my local favorites.”
If you could have lunch with one individual dead or alive, who would it be?
“It’s between Tom Brady and Bob Kraft.”
Would you bring up deflategate?
“No, absolutely not. [Laughs] They’ve heard enough of that.”
Finish the sentence: I am happiest when:
“I am happiest when…it is over 80 degrees and I am at the beach on the cape.”
Thanks again to Hunter Perry for taking the time to sit down with us!