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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 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 means. 

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 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 authentic, like her Pantone shade.

Timbaland | Getty Pictures

A buddy of mine who not too long ago 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 lady — via grit, brains and appeal — grew as much as turn into a robust and influential American enterprise chief. 

An government recruiter referred to as me not too long ago 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Sherry cuts mega-deals with the outdated guard however loves serving to new brokers and does so with ardour, grace and dignity.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 pay attention intently to a 25-year-old tech entrepreneur’s concepts about altering the world but additionally provides 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 excellent causes and of making a greater trade. She provides excess of 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 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 laborious to dwell by them. 

Sherry all the time reveals up and the trade loves her for it. Her basic response to any invitation is “certain.” 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 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 “one hundred pc,” not “I don’t do panels,” as some huge 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.

Through 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 unhealthy day, I referred to as Sherry. The subsequent 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 most effective offers are when either side really feel like they gained.

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

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

Her trade roots are deep and she’s going to by no means wander too far-off. 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, possibly 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 joyful,

And discover a pink mansion in heaven.

Electronic mail Brad Inman