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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 manner. 

Sure she is, and she or he earned it.


In 2011, the long-lasting actual property govt 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 shade — Sherry Chris Pink, in any other case often known as SC 2011— a uncommon achievement, which inspired the R&B pioneer. 

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

Fashion certainly and an trade legend — an unique, like her Pantone shade.

Timbaland | Getty Photos

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

Sherry is sensible, intuitive and enjoyable. From London, Ontario, Canada, this upbeat Irish woman — by grit, brains and attraction — grew as much as grow to be 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’d be so fortunate.” 

She builds manufacturers and corporations and may work with anybody, irrespective 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 in addition provides 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 trade. She provides way over she takes.

Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Sherry Chris shattered the true property trade’s glass ceiling and stood up for variety lengthy earlier than it was the modern 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 she or he works arduous to reside by them. 

Sherry all the time reveals up and the trade loves her for it. Her basic response to any invitation is “positive.” Not the place is it, or who shall 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 group smothers her like she’s Cher.

Crew ERA | Sherry Chris

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

She might write a e-book on manners, one other on fashion, 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 likely to me.


A fierce Tigress, Sherry will get what’s greatest for her firm however with out crushing others. She understands that the very best offers are when either 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. 

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

Her trade 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 tougher.

Even in retirement, she is 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 completely happy,

And discover a pink mansion in heaven.

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