Sherry Chris, CEO of Anywhere Expansion Brands, sits on a pink chair.
Illustration by Lanette Behiry/Real Estate News; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Sherry Chris steps down as leader of BHGRE and ERA 

Sherry Chris, president and CEO of the Anywhere Expansion Brands portfolio, is retiring from brand leadership and will transition to an advisory role.

April 27, 2023
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Key points:

  • Chris has been in real estate for nearly four decades, beginning her career at Royal LePage.
  • Her 20-year run at Anywhere will continue as she steps into an executive advisor role.

Colorful real estate CEOs are not uncommon, but only one can claim to have her own official Pantone shade.

Sherry Chris has been that one. Chris announced Thursday that she is retiring from her role as president and CEO of the Anywhere Expansion Brands portfolio, which includes Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and ERA, having left an indelible mark on the industry and on the world's best known color palette.

Her four-decade career, which began at Royal LePage, is filled with notable accomplishments — including, yes, her place as one of only two people to have a custom Pantone color (the other is Jay-Z).

Her 20-year run at Anywhere will continue but in a different form. On May 1, Chris will step into a new role as the executive advisor for Anywhere Brands. 

"As I reflect on my years leading some of the greatest brands in real estate, I appreciate the immense privilege I have had to work alongside so many amazing entrepreneurs and industry leaders," Chris said. "As I move to my next chapter, I am honored Anywhere has asked me to continue following my passion of helping broker/owners across our brands thrive and find success in their business as I continue to champion them in the industry."

Chris was chosen to launch the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brand in 2008, growing it across more than 40 U.S. states and six countries, and establishing it as a finger-on-the-pulse lifestyle brand. ERA, meanwhile, expanded to 43 U.S. states and 34 countries during Chris' tenure. The two brands housed more that 25,000 agents and posted over $59 billion in sales in 2022.

Chris is working with Sue Yannaccone, president and CEO of Anywhere Brands and Anywhere Advisors, to identify new leaders for BHGRE and ERA, and is providing oversight for those brands to ensure a smooth transition.

"The impact Sherry has made on our company, our brands, and our affiliated brokers and agents is nothing less than remarkable," Yannaccone said. "Her fearless and poised approach to creating brands is showcased by the success and growth of both Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and ERA. Sherry remains one of the most influential and impactful leaders in the real estate industry, which is why we are thrilled she will continue to share her talents with our company in her new role. We graciously thank and congratulate Sherry for her successful work as a brand leader."

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