Stephanie C. Harris Elected President of the MRII Board of Directors

Stephanie HarrisSARASOTA, FL, January 12, 2021 — The Board of the Market Research Institute International (MRII) has elected Stephanie C. Harris, Associate, User Experience Research Operations at Management Consulting Group, as Board President for 2021. A member of the Board since 2015, Ms. Harris has served on the curriculum committee since 2016 and is the current committee chair. She commented, “I am honored to serve. MRII is the gold standard in teaching the core body of knowledge and principles needed to be successful in the market research profession. I look forward to working with the dedicated members of the board providing quality Market Research education.” She succeeds Michael Mermelstein, President of Nichols Research, who is moving to Immediate Past President.

Marjette Stark, Owner/President of Stark Solutions, is the new MRII President-Elect. Rounding out the new set of officers is Shelly Ray, VP of Client Relationships at MMR Research, who has been elected new MRII Treasurer.

All current Directors At Large were re-nominated, with no new Directors named, and none replaced. The full MRII Board, including Returning Ex Officio Subject Matter Directors and Ex Officio Directors, may be viewed here.

About MRII

A nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by a consortium of industry leaders, MRII offers the industry’s premier online market research courses designed to teach the fundamental skills needed to conduct robust and insightful market research. Authored and continually updated by industry subject matter experts, the courses are supported by and meet the certification requirements of industry associations worldwide. Through a unique cooperation with the University of Georgia, MRII offers the Principles of Market Research and thirteen Principles Express courses. Nearly 9,000 practitioners from 107 countries have taken a certificate course. For more information, please visit:

About the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel

As a unit of the University of Georgia’s Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, the Georgia Center provides innovative lifelong learning opportunities through its continuing education programs. Located on the university’s campus, the Georgia Center includes a full-service hotel with 200 rooms and suites, restaurants, banquet areas, conference rooms, auditoriums, a fitness center and a computer lab – all under one roof. For more information, please visit:

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