A day in the life of Christie's Real Estate's corporate comms VP

Michael Sherman, VP of corporate communications, Christie's Real Estate, shares his morning ritual and what he would do if he ruled the world for a day.

Michael Sherman
Michael Sherman

First site or app you check in the morning
The New York Times
and The Wall Street Journal. They are still the best, most influential publications in the US. But because we sell luxury real estate across the globe, I also check out the Financial Times and Bloomberg News.

Morning ritual
My four-year-old son Jack has never slept past 5am so when he gets up, I get up. After some trial and error, my wife Kate and I have gotten better at getting him ready for pre-school while we get prepared for work. Of course, we get some help from cartoons. Peppa Pig is the current favorite. Somehow, I manage to get to work stain-free.  

On a scale of one to 10, how hard is your commute
A two. From Manhattan’s Upper East Side to our Rockefeller Center office is less than 30 minutes. Aside from the daily mob scene on the 6 train, it’s an easy commute. 

How does your experience as a reporter influence your work?
Starting my career as a reporter for Bloomberg News was a great experience – the perfect first job. I learned how to connect the dots, translate complicated information into easy-to-understand writing, and the importance of storytelling.

Favorite city in which to do business
London. We coordinate a great deal of our global PR from our London office. I’m working on an amazing new residential development we have there called Ten Trinity Square, which will include a Four Seasons Hotel and a Château LaTour wine-tasting room.  London is one of the world’s great cities.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
Pictures of my son. Always brings a smile to my face.

How much mileage do you get out of being fluent in Russian?
We share a space with Christie’s in Moscow. I travel there regularly to represent our homes to high-net-worth clients, who have become key buyers in places such as New York and London, so I’ve recently started to use it.

If you ruled the world for a day
James Dolan would sell the New York Knicks, The Sopranos would make a return, and spring would come early.

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