Stuart Sherr is a unique individual: He became an attorney, a CPA and a licensed real estate broker before age 25. His education is being put to good use as the current mayor pro tem of Bloomfield Hills as well as the vice president of Sherr Development Corporation in Farmington Hills.
He grew up in Oak Park, graduated from Southfield Lathrup High School and moved to Birmingham after graduating from college. After marrying his wife, Bonnie, they built their dream house on Vhay Lake in Bloomfield Hills. They lived happily for 23 years until she lost her battle with cancer six years ago.
Sherr has wonderful stories, and one of them recounts how he started working on the Bloomfield Hills City Commission.
“I always wanted to serve the community in local politics but thought that would come later in life,” he said. However, Mike Zambricki, then mayor of Bloomfield Hills, asked him to fill the vacancy on the Planning Commission. When Mike McCready left to run for the State House of Representatives in 2012, Sherr was appointed to fill his vacancy on the City Commission.
With his experience in building and development, Sherr had the perfect credentials to serve. The following year, he ran for City Commission and was the top vote-getter in his first-ever election. This past year, he was appointed mayor pro tem. In the coming year, he will serve as mayor.
Can you describe recent changes in your industry? Sherr Development Corporation is a full-service, real estate and development company. The 2008 financial crisis was difficult for all businesses, especially one that develops, owns, manages, leases, brokers and finances real estate investments across the U.S. Life is dynamic and we experience constant change. In terms of business, the economy is recovering at 2 percent a year without inflation; and our business interests have never been better.
How did you end up where you are professionally? I graduated from college with a B.S. in economics with a dual major in accounting and finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, I returned home to be near my family and our family business while earning
my law degree at Wayne State. To gain real world experience, I practiced law for two years, followed by working as a CPA for five years before joining my family’s company.
What is your proudest career accomplishment? My parents taught me the meaning of philanthropy at an early age. I’ve been fortunate in life and believe in giving back, not just by working within local government, but also by reaching out to others through charitable organizations.
The intellectual challenge of improving my community is an important accomplishment. Bloomfield Hills is a stable, well-maintained community and will continue that way under my leadership. Government, like life, is best managed from the middle; extremes don’t work.
Career thoughts? I am very happy in my position on the Bloomfield Hills City Commission and on the Sherr Board of Directors. I’m doing what I want to do and having fun in these roles every day. I remain open to whatever life sends my way.
What are your hobbies? Travel, sporting events — especially Tigers and Piston games — golfing, fishing and gardening around my home.
What do you like about life in Bloomfield Hills? I am living in my dream location and expect to stay here forever.
Where are your favorite places to hang out? Besides being a well-traveled citizen of the world, I enjoy the milieu of downtown Birmingham. You can often catch me at one of the wonderful Birmingham restaurants.
Describe your perfect day. Having fun, making money and giving back to the community.
What is something people don’t know about you? I’m a huge Bob Dylan fan, and I like to relax with a good martini. NS
— Interviewed by Susan Kehoe, Photographed by Jerry Zolynsky