Why do you do what you do?
I believe we are all responsible to the community in which we live — not only in business, but on other levels as well. My community involvement goes way beyond the grocery business. The Cultural Center for the Arts and the Fund for the Arts have always been a passion of mine.
I love the arts because they reach into every corner of the community. Whether it is an exhibit opening or sidewalk art, young and old alike enjoy art.
I have also been very active in the Jewish community, particularly in fundraising.
I think my most rewarding experience has been serving as chairman of the Stark Community Foundation.That has been a very time-consuming but worthwhile venture. My work with the foundation over the last 15 years — the last two as chairman — put me in touch with all facets of Stark County. It has been a rewarding experience that I might not have had if it weren’t for Fishers Foods.
I try to draw a parallel between my career and my community work. Fishers has given me the exposure and the time to be involved in the community. I am the third generation of a family-owned local business that has been in Stark County for more than 75 years.
I enjoy the challenge of growing the business and adding new ideas that impact Fishers, its customers and employees in a positive way.
My goal has always been to maintain the tradition of low prices, clean stores and quality products. I enjoy food and wine, and the ever-changing food business is a fast-paced, interesting lifestyle with never a dull moment.
Working at Fishers has always given me the opportunity to serve the nonprofit community to help make Stark County a better place to live.
What is on your bucket list?
I don’t have an official list, but I want to spend more quality time with my family and good friends.
What is on your mind?
So many things. I think about the futures of my sons, Jeremy, Alexander and Maxwell, my wife, Heather, and other members of my family, including my nephew Jacob Tate, who was killed in Afghanistan. I am concerned about the economy, what the war will do to future generations, and how to restore peace in the world.
WHO: Jeffrey A. Fisher
WHAT: President, Fishers Foods
EDUCATION: University of (Florida) Miami and Cornell University.
COMMUNITY BOARDS: Has served on numerous boards, including Stark Community Foundation, Fund for the Arts Drive, and Canton Jewish Community Federation.