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 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 approach. 

Sure she is, and she or he earned it.


In 2011, the long-lasting 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 generally known as SC 2011— a uncommon achievement, which galvanized the R&B pioneer. 

When Sherry went to the lavatory, Timbaland stated to me, “She has model.” 

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

Timbaland | Getty Photos

A good friend of mine who 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 way of grit, brains and attraction — grew as much as grow to be a robust and influential American enterprise chief. 

An government recruiter known as me lately about placing Sherry on an organization board. I stated, “You’d be so fortunate.” 

She builds manufacturers and firms 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Sherry cuts mega-deals with the outdated guard however loves serving to new brokers and does so with ardour, grace and dignity.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 good friend, 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 actual property business’s glass ceiling and stood up for variety lengthy earlier than it was the trendy factor to do.

The true 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 exhibits up and the business loves her for it. Her basic response to any invitation is “certain.” Not the place is it, or who can 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.

Workforce ERA | Sherry Chris

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

She might write a e-book on manners, one other on model, 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 significantly dangerous day, I known 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 greatest for her firm however with out crushing others. She understands that the very best offers are when each side really feel like they received.

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, trying 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 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 glad,

And discover a pink mansion in heaven.

Electronic mail Brad Inman

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