Sherry Chris, A Real Estate Icon In ‘Pantone Pink,’ Broke The Mold

Over her decades-long profession in actual property, Sherry Chris was the uncommon government who was good, intuitive and all the time enjoyable, Brad Inman writes. “Even in retirement, she’s going to solely be a name away.”

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Sherry Chris retiring? Are you kidding, no method. 

Sure she is, and he or she earned it.


In 2011, the enduring actual property government and I have been sitting on the bar at Jean-Georges, the four-star restaurant at New York Metropolis’s Columbus Circle.

Sherry Chris

Seated subsequent to us: music mogul Timbaland, with whom we struck up a dialog.

Sherry had simply been awarded her very personal Pantone coloration — Sherry Chris Pink, in any other case often called SC 2011— a uncommon achievement, which galvanized the R&B pioneer. 

When Sherry went to the toilet, Timbaland mentioned to me, “She has type.” 

Model certainly and an business legend — an unique, like her Pantone coloration.

Timbaland | Getty Photos

A pal of mine who just lately met Sherry described their first encounter: “She has a relaxed magnetism, making me really feel necessary and good throughout.”

Sherry is wise, intuitive and enjoyable. From London, Ontario, Canada, this upbeat Irish lady — by means of grit, brains and appeal — grew as much as turn into a robust and influential American enterprise chief. 

An government recruiter referred to as me just lately about placing Sherry on an organization board. I mentioned, “You’ll be so fortunate.” 

She builds manufacturers and corporations and may work with anybody, regardless of how influential or not. She treats a waiter with the identical respect as she does a fellow CEO.

Sherry cuts mega-deals with the previous guard however loves serving to new brokers and does so with ardour, grace and dignity.

She takes the time to pay attention intently to a 25-year-old tech entrepreneur’s concepts about altering the world but additionally offers the keen founder candid suggestions about their new product.

Not simply our colleague, Sherry is a pal, a mentor, a coach, advisor, therapist and champion of excellent causes and of making a greater business. She offers way over she takes.

Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Sherry Chris shattered the true property business’s glass ceiling and stood up for variety lengthy earlier than it was the trendy factor to do.

The actual property model she based 15 years in the past, BHGRE, was the primary to develop a set of core values — and he or she works exhausting to dwell by them. 

Sherry all the time exhibits up and the business loves her for it. Her basic response to any invitation is “positive.” Not the place is it, or who will probably be there?

I witnessed Sherry at an actual property convention in Asia the place Realtors swarmed her, pleading for selfies. Image the identical scene at an LGBTQ convention, the place the gang smothers her like she’s Cher.

Group ERA | Sherry Chris

Ask Sherry to do a panel at a convention and he or she says “one hundred pc,” not “I don’t do panels,” as some massive pictures really feel they’re certain to say.

She might write a ebook on manners, one other on type, and a best-seller on loyalty.

In the course of the Nice Recession, when my dad and mom died again to again and my companies have been struggling, I felt down and out in California.

On one notably dangerous day, I referred to as Sherry. The following day, she knocked on my door unannounced, after canceling her enterprise appointments in New York, leaping on a aircraft and flying throughout the nation to are inclined to me.


A fierce Tigress, Sherry will get what’s finest for her firm however with out crushing others. She understands that the very best offers are when each side really feel like they gained.

Humility could also be her finest private {and professional} high quality —  not conceited, not a snob, not a company elitist. 

If you speak, she listens, wanting you within the eye, not over your shoulder on the subsequent alternative. 

Her business roots are deep and she’s going to by no means wander too distant. She is retiring from her present position, however persevering with at Anyplace as an advisor. 

Sherry deserves a break. Nobody works more durable.

Even in retirement, she’s going to solely be a name away and you’ll all the time discover her smiling face, perhaps with a pink Chanel bag, on Instagram @sherrychris.

A pink mansion in heaven

Right here is my (modified) Irish toast to you Ms. Chris:

Could you reside lengthy,

Die glad,

And discover a pink mansion in heaven.

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