Profile: Sherry Chris
Sherry Chris is the president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC. Her appointment followed Realogy’s announcement that it was launching a new and dynamic global residential real estate brand after entering into a 50-year agreement with Meredith Corporation to license the Better Homes and Gardens® name and launch a new and dynamic global residential real estate brand.
Chris has more than 30 years of real estate experience, including, significant senior management positions in the areas of sales, marketing, new technologies, and franchise management. A native of Canada, she began her real estate career in Ontario and held increasingly senior positions with Royal LePage for 16 years before taking on executive roles within notable US brokerages. She joined Realogy in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.
Well-known for her innovative thinking, next generation consumer insights and idea sharing in an effort to move the industry forward, Chris is a frequently sought after speaker at international real estate and technology conferences. She is also regularly featured by national media outlets such as the FOX Business Channel, CNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, sharing her insights into industry reports and trends. She is a strong advocate of engaging with businesses and consumers through social media channels — making her the most followed CEO of a national real estate brand.
Chris serves on the NAR real estate services and Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Education Foundation advisory boards. She is also the chair of the national board of directors at the non-profit organization, Rebuilding Together.
In 2015, Inman News named Chris as one of the 33 people who are changing the real estate industry. Additionally, since being named Inman Innovator of the Year in 2010, a prestigious and coveted award that honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional vision and foresight to advance the real estate experience, she has been recognized six years consecutively as one of Inman’s 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders. Additional accolades include the Swanepoel Power 200 list (2013–2017), the Most Influential Real Estate Executives list by Real Estate Executive Magazine (2013), Profiles in Diversity Journal’s annual Women Worth Watching list (2013) and a Stevie Award for Business Leadership (2010).
Chris is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario and earned an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
One of the highest-profile franchise CEOs in real estate, Chris built the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BHGRE) brand from the ground up to today’s 300-office, 10,000-agent operation. She has run the brand since its launch in 2008 and continued to lead its strong growth in 2016, when it expanded to 11 new markets including the Bahamas.
A native of Canada, Chris began her real estate career in Ontario where she held increasingly senior positions with Canadian franchisor Royal LePage over a 16-year career, before moving to the U.S. as an exec for Prudential California Realty. She joined the Realogy family in 2006 as chief operating officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate just before being tapped to spearhead the new BHGRE brand. Chris also serves as the vice-chair of the national board of directors at Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit that helps low-income homeowners with repairs.
Work Experience & Resume (from LinkedIn.com):
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
2007 — present (10 years)
- Chief Operating Officer
Coldwell Banker Real Estate
2006–2007 (1 year)
- Chief Operating Officer
Prudential California Realty
2004–2006 (2 years)
1987 — 2003 (16 years)
- The University of Western Ontario — Richard Ivey School of Business