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January 2023 to December 2026
Stella Mercado is a successful entrepreneur who has founded and sold several businesses in the mid-Atlantic region. As the oldest of three siblings and the only daughter of a Naval Officer/Attorney and a Social Worker/Victim Witness Advocate, she grew up learning how to serve her country, adapt to diverse communities and build relationships. She excelled in sports and academics and was recruited to play softball at the University of Virginia. She has lived on Waccamaw Neck for 20 years, serving on the boards of Teach My People, Coastal Montessori Charter School and its Parent Teacher Organization, Coastal Carolina University Wall College of Business, Charleston Defense Contractors Association, and was appointed by Governor McMaster to the South Carolina Research Authority. She lives in Litchfield with her husband Mark and two active young sons, Alex and Nicolas. They attend and are members of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet.
Councilwoman Mercado received a degree in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Virginia in 1995. She later completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in 2014. She was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the Grand Strand Technology Council and the Application of Technology Award by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Inc. magazine recognized her as one of only three South Carolina-based women entrepreneurs in the magazine’s Inaugural Impact 50, which identified the top 50 companies led by women in the annual Inc. 5000.
This is her first term on County Council.
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