Former Royal LePage executive Sherry Chris has been named chief operating officer of New Jersey-based Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. In this position, Chris will direct the company’s operations, education, mortgage and field services programs. She will also focus on communication between Coldwell Banker corporate headquarters, regional offices and its nearly 4,000-office affiliate network around the world, the company says.

Chris, who has more than 25 years of real estate sales, management and executive experience, is based at the Coldwell Banker corporate headquarters in Parsippany, N.J., and reports to Jim Gillespie, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation.

“Sherry is a great addition to the Coldwell Banker brand,” says Gillespie in a news release. “She has a dynamic personality, is extremely engaging and, most of all, lives and breathes real estate. She has served in all aspects of our business and has spent a significant part of her career on the servicing side. We were especially attracted to her understanding of how technology will shape the industry and profitability of sales associates, managers and broker/owners.”

Chris previously served as the chief operating officer of Prudential California Realty, the eighth largest real estate company in the United States, where she oversaw all financial aspects of the company. Chris began her career in 1980 in Ontario as a sales associate and later a manager. She then joined the real estate brokerage operation at Canada Trust, before joining Royal LePage Real Estate Services in 1987.

After 10 years as a branch and area manager, Chris was promoted in 1997 to vice-president and regional manager. She was promoted again two years later to executive vice-president, network services. Chris held that position until 2003 when she was named president of Real Living Network Services, based in Columbus, Ohio, where she oversaw a 10-state franchising operation.

Chris is currently on the advisory board of several prominent organizations including and Google Real Estate. She has served as chairman of the board of the Realty Alliance and also speaks frequently at industry events. Chris earned her undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Western Ontario.



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