Member Mondays - Sheri Best

February 6, 2022
Sheri Best
Strategic Initiatives, Strategic Partnerships, Business Development
Sheri Best, Construction Industry Consultant
CREWbiz Profile

How Many Years a CREWNY Member?
10

Fun Fact:
I am an avid music enthusiast, with a wide range of tastes that run from Bluegrass to Jazz. I play piano, sing, and love to dance especially to Brazilian, Latin and Afro-Caribbean music.

How do you bring value to your company?
Create strong strategic partnerships/alliances between and among global and national construction-related firms, community development groups, MWBE advocacy groups, local workforce advocates for large urban development projects, green tech manufacturers/engineers of cutting edge sustainable technologies achieving NYC Local Law 97 compliance, game-changing construction technologies advancing sophisticated modular solutions in healthcare, affordable and market-rate housing, educational, institutional, hospitality and large scale nonprofit org. construction projects.

Tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of.
Worked with marketing teams to develop collaborative Statements of Qualifications demonstrating commitment to Corp Social Responsibility and DEI - to present stand-out positioning for construction and Design/Build teams - demonstrating powerful ESG track record and deliverables. Collaborators have included combinations of Johnson Controls, Tremco, Nontraditional Employment for Women, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Minority & Women Construction and Development Association, Green Energy Technologies, Brooklyn Communities Collaborative, JC Energy - an MWBE Energy Services and Technology firm, among others.

Tell us about a significant challenge you faced, how you overcame it, and what you learned.
On several occasions, when running a construction company, I took over completion of punch lists on complex projects with particularly challenging obstacles to completion. Although I had not been involved in the daily minutiae of the project, I had an advantage as a fresh face in the mix. My involvement was an opportunity to break dysfunctional patterns of non-cooperation and frustration.. I drilled down identifying the problems, listened to each sub's issues, cultivated trust & positioned each to feel valued and deliver their absolute best. I learned to manage challenging personalities & reconfigure team dynamics.