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 govt who was sensible, intuitive and all the time enjoyable, Brad Inman writes. “Even in retirement, she is going to solely be a name away.”

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Sherry Chris retiring? Are you kidding, no means. 

Sure she is, and he or she earned it.


In 2011, the enduring actual property govt and I had 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 shade — Sherry Chris Pink, in any other case referred to as SC 2011— a uncommon achievement, which galvanized the R&B pioneer. 

When Sherry went to the toilet, Timbaland stated to me, “She has fashion.” 

Type certainly and an business legend — an unique, like her Pantone shade.

Timbaland | Getty Pictures

A buddy 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 woman — by way of grit, brains and attraction — grew as much as develop into a robust and influential American enterprise chief. 

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

She builds manufacturers and corporations and might 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Sherry cuts mega-deals with the outdated guard however loves serving to new brokers and does so with ardour, grace and dignity.

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

Not simply our colleague, Sherry is a buddy, a mentor, a coach, advisor, therapist and champion of fine causes and of making a greater business. She offers excess of she takes.

Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Sherry Chris shattered the actual property business’s glass ceiling and stood up for range 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 arduous to dwell by them. 

Sherry all the time reveals up and the business loves her for it. Her traditional 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.

Crew ERA | Sherry Chris

Ask Sherry to do a panel at a convention and he or she says “100%,” not “I don’t do panels,” as some huge pictures really feel they’re sure to say.

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

Throughout the Nice Recession, when my dad and mom died again to again and my companies had been struggling, I felt down and out in California.

On one significantly unhealthy 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 airplane and flying throughout the nation to are inclined to me.


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

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

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

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

Sherry deserves a break. Nobody works more durable.

Even in retirement, she is going to solely be a name away and you may 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 completely satisfied,

And discover a pink mansion in heaven.

Electronic mail Brad Inman

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