Local realtor wins national leadership award

Sheri Arnold, president and broker of Coldwell Banker Commercial Arnold & Associates in Beaumont, recently received the prestigious Halter/Case Leadership award.

The award was presented to her by Charlie Young, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial while attending the Coldwell Banker Commercial Global Conference, held in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, April 17.

“The Halter Case Leadership Award honors the late Caine Halter, owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Caine, and the late Ray Case, owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic International,” Young told The Business Journal. “This award recognizes an individual who embodies a positive attitude, professional aptitude and exemplary leadership. Sheri Arnold has demonstrated her passion for leadership and has blazed her own trail … as president and broker of Coldwell Banker Commercial Arnold & Associates.”

A native of Beaumont, Arnold came from humble beginnings and worked two jobs while earning her way through college.

After receiving her license and working as a real estate agent, she decided she wanted to start her own business, and in 1996, started Sheri Arnold Properties.

“When we first started, Eddie (Sheri’s husband and Jefferson County Commissioner) and I mowed grass and put in our own signs,” Arnold said. “It was not easy. We had a little office off of Laurel Ave. that we bought and we stayed there for 10 years and really built (our business).”

Wanting a brand that could propel her small business forward, in 2005 Sheri Arnold Properties became Arnold & Associates, a Coldwell Banker Commercial franchise.

“It’s been great for us,” she said. “It’s put us on the map.”

Currently working with an all-female team, Sheri said Arnold & Associates’ members gel together well.

“We’ve got very successful people in here and I think that’s because we all work so hard and work as a team together,” she said, crediting her staff for helping her business prosper.

Arnold said the award was a complete surprise to her.

“I have to tell you that I was stunned to win it,” she said. “It’s always been very much of a man’s world in commercial real estate and it’s changing rapidly. … The award is a pinnacle of my career and I’ve been doing this for 30 years.”

It wasn’t her gender, however, that won Arnold the award, it was her drive — her work ethic.

“After receiving the award, so many women came up to me afterwards and said this breaks so many barriers. ‘You’ve worked so hard for this for so long,’” she said.

Licensed as a realtor for more than 22 years, according to her Professional Bio on CBC’s website, Arnold also holds the prestigious Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM) designation, which applies to only about 5 percent of the estimated 125,000 commercial real estate practitioners nationwide. She has more than 25 years in economic development.

She is also a member of the Houston Commercial Real Estate Women’s (CREW) organization, active in both the local chapter and CREW’s national network.

Arnold is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Locally, she is a member of the Beaumont Rotary Club, Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, Nederland Chamber of Commerce and actively works with the Nederland Economic Development Corporation. She has completed transactions with national credit tenants/buyers as well as numerous local businesses, investors, and financial institutions.

Arnold said she believes her receiving the award is indicative of all the success stories coming out of the Beaumont area.

“Once you get put on the national map, people start understanding” how important this area is, she said. “It’s a pretty impressive thing for Beaumont to be recognized. … I think it’s huge because we’re a smaller community — we’re not Houston; we’re not Louisiana — we’ve got our own identity.