Sherry Chris

President and CEO, BHG Real Estate

Overall Rank: 27
Category: Corporate Execs
Category Rank: 17

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.