MRI Software Partners With the University of Akron’s Prestigious Fisher Institute for Professional Selling

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MRI Software is privileged to be one of the Institute’s six Premiere Partners, a prestigious group of companies that give back to the university and positively impact Fisher’s undergraduate students as they pursue their careers in sales.

The feedback from our students on the quality of the work and career experiences they have garnered at MRI in the form of Internships, Summer Positions, and now, full-time Sales Representative placements, has been phenomenal. - Dr. Chris Plouffe, Director

Established in 1992 at the University of Akron, the Fisher Institute for Professional Selling is one of the oldest Sales Programs in the world, and is a full member of the University Sales Center Alliance (USCA). As a new Premiere Corporate Partner of the Fisher Institute, MRI Software will provide feedback into the current sales curriculum, act as a workplace mentor to Akron sales students, and recruit the best and brightest after graduation.

“The MRI Software – Fisher Institute for Professional Selling relationship is built on a foundation of our sales students and the graduates of our Sales credential programs. I know from the perspective of UA and the Fisher Institute, the feedback from our students on the quality of the work and career experiences they have garnered at MRI in the form of internships, summer positions, and now, full-time sales representative placements, has been phenomenal,” said Dr. Chris Plouffe, Director – Fisher Institute for Professional Selling, College of Business Administration, University of Akron. “There is a buzz amongst students who have worked at MRI about both the quality of the company and the extremely attractive nature of the career opportunities MRI is affording our graduates in the form of sales, customer account management, and business development positions. The Fisher Institute is extremely pleased to have MRI Software as one of a select few new “Premiere Corporate Partners,” and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with MRI going forward.”

As part of the partnership, MRI has made a substantial monetary commitment to the Fisher Institute, a significant portion of which will go toward the renovation of the institute’s one-of-a-kind Sales Skills Practice Laboratory. The complex contains six skill practice rooms equipped with video recording equipment, enabling individuals to review their performances and improve their selling and overall communication skills. It was constructed specifically to aid in the process of developing students for successful careers in professional selling.

“We are thrilled to be an officially recognized partner of the Fisher Institute and directly contribute to the education and preparation of the next generation of salesmen and women. Fisher’s innovative approach to becoming a successful sales representative has consistently and effectively prepared undergraduates for real-world success,” said Ron Kolz, Chief Sales Officer at MRI. “MRI is excited to be an integral part of shaping the lives of so many students, and creating a memorable work experience via our internships and summer programs.”

For more information about MRI Software, please visit our website.

About MRI Software
MRI offers property management software solutions to the global real estate management and investment industries. As a leading provider of real estate enterprise software applications and hosted solutions, MRI serves the global multifamily and commercial property industries, helping them improve their bottom line and maximize their returns on their diverse business portfolios. MRI leverages its more than 40 years in business to develop long-term successful relationships with its clients. For more information, visit

About The Fisher Institute for Professional Selling

The Fisher Institute for Professional Selling in the College of Business at the University of Akron is one of the oldest professional sales institutes in the world, and one of only a dozen or so certified professional sales programs in the world (accredited by the University Sales Center Alliance and the Society for Sales and Marketing Training). Through seminars, outreach programs, applied research, and a variety of other activities, the Fisher Institute is shaping the next generation of sales professionals as well as promoting professional sales as a lifetime career choice. Fisher students develop a passion about careers in sales and customer account management. They are taught best-of-breed sales tactics, processes, and methodologies through a host of different learning techniques by a world-class faculty, all of whom are former, successful salespeople or sales managers.

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