Who we are

Smith and 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 a life-long entrepreneurial spirit, F. Ron Smith co-founded Partners Trust (now Pacific Union LA)
 in 2009 with the idea of creating a discerning and conscientious real estate brokerage. Through his leadership style and visionary marketing tactics, the company has since grossed more than $14 Billion in sales. Consistently a top producer since beginning his career in real...

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 14 years has earned him a position at the forefront of the Los Angeles real estate scene. Consistently a top producer in transactions and sales volume amongst all teams in the state, David (known to most as “Berg”) puts forth an ideal blend of industry knowledge, negot...

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 Pacific Union 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. Morty cares about the quality o...

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...

Courtney Welsh

Director of Operations | DRE# 01764903
415.971.1223 mobile
Courtney Welsh possesses over 13 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 Beverly Hills and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her experience working as a real estate agent early on, combined with the exposure to an inestimable number of real estate tran...

Krista Masella

Office Manager | DRE# 01969303
951.707.7555 mobile
Krista Masella has six 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 out hiking beautifu...

Hannah Pilkington

DRE# 02066257
704.467.1793 mobile
Hannah grew up in a small town in North Carolina where early on she developed a passion for acting and film. Determined to leave home behind and find work in the entertainment industry, Hannah moved to New York City, the day after graduating at the top of her high school class, to enroll in NYU's BFA program. Although some would say that the odds were stacke...

Katy Yambao

DRE# 02095288
310.500.3931 mobile
Katy is the newest member of the Smith & Berg team. She 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 ...