Sherry Chris, A Actual Property Icon In ‘Pantone Pink,’ Broke The Mould

Over her decades-long profession in actual property, Sherry Chris was the uncommon government who was good, intuitive and at all times 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 enduring actual property government and I had been sitting on the bar at Jean-Georges, the four-star restaurant at New York Metropolis’s Columbus Circle.

Sherry Chris

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, otherwise 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 type.” 

Model certainly and an trade legend — an authentic, like her Pantone coloration.

Timbaland | Getty Photographs

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

Sherry is wise, intuitive and enjoyable. From London, Ontario, Canada, this upbeat Irish woman — by way of grit, brains and allure — grew as much as change into a robust and influential American enterprise chief. 

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

She builds manufacturers and firms 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 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 fine 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 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 at all times exhibits up and the trade 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 she or he says “100%,” not “I don’t do panels,” as some massive pictures really feel they’re certain to say.

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

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

On one significantly unhealthy day, I known 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 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 gained.

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

If you discuss, she listens, trying 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 distant. She is retiring from her present function, however persevering with at Wherever as an advisor. 

Sherry deserves a break. Nobody works tougher.

Even in retirement, she’s going to solely be a name away and you may at all times 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 joyful,

And discover a pink mansion in heaven.

Electronic mail Brad Inman