2023 HW Vanguard: Sherry Chris

Sherry Chris

With more than 40 years of experience, Sherry Chris has played an integral role in shaping the evolution of the real estate industry from her pioneering use of social media, her focus on relationship building at every level and her authentic brand of mentorship. In her dual roles as president and CEO of both Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and ERA Real Estate, she has tirelessly worked to uniquely position these brands and play to their respective strengths to foster growth. Chris has consistently generated momentum by welcoming new companies looking to generate new business opportunities by standing out and excelling in their local markets. Following her recent retirement from brand leadership, Chris was appointed executive advisor for Anywhere Brands, supporting the company’s value to its growing network of affiliated broker/owners and serving as a respected voice in the industry. Throughout her career, she has strived to do things differently and takes great pride in encouraging everyone to raise the bar for the entire real estate industry.

In August 2022, she received the Nate Ellis Award, which honors an individual or organization that gives more than they take from the real estate industry. Chris championed the introduction of women’s leadership development programs for both brands. She led ERA Real Estate’s Hera Society, focused on strengthening both the individual and collective impact women real estate leaders have on the network, in the industry and in the communities they serve. She also supported Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s Sphere, a female-led mentorship program to cultivate future community leaders.

What one habit has made a crucial difference in your success?

Living by a set of core values. The values we adopted when I founded the BHGRE brand 15 years ago are values I live by myself – passion, authenticity, inclusion, growth and excellence. In focusing in on Authenticity – it means being who you say are and practicing that every day. I am a humble leader, a leader who empowers a team to exceed their own expectations, and a leader who treats everyone with kindness and respect, yet holds them accountable. I never veer from that path.


Sherry Chris


Executive Advisor

Company Name:

Anywhere Real Estate

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