|2nd Mayor of Louisville Metro|
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Jerry Abramson|
January 14, 1958 |
|Alma mater||Vanderbilt University|
|Profession||Businessman, Entrepreneur, Politician|
Gregory E. Fischer (born January 14, 1958) is a businessman and Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Louisville's Trinity High School and Vanderbilt University, entrepreneur, and community leader.
In November 2010 he was elected Mayor of Louisville in a tight race against city councilman Hal Heiner. He succeeded Mayor Jerry Abramson.
Early life and education
Fischer was born in Louisville to Mary Lee and George Fischer, graduates of Loretto High School and Flaget High School in Louisville, respectively, and has four siblings. Fischer's father was the CEO of MetriData Computing Inc. and Secretary of the Cabinet of Kentucky under Governor John Y. Brown, Jr.
Fischer attended Trinity High School in Louisville, graduating in 1976. He has since been inducted as a member of the school's hall of fame. After high school, Fischer attended Vanderbilt University, where he majored in Economics, graduating in 1980. To help pay for his education, Fischer worked summers as a crane operator on the fishing docks of Kodiak, Alaska unloading salmon boats. After his graduation, Fischer traveled solo around the world for a year, spending the bulk of his trip in Asia, before returning to Louisville.
At 25, Fischer co-invented the SerVend automated ice/beverage dispenser used to this day in convenience stores and restaurants. The small family business, SerVend International, transformed into a global manufacturing company employing over 300 people under Fischer's leadership. In October 1998, SerVend was one of three U.S. small business companies to be honored with a site visit by the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award examiners. In November 1998, Flomatic International, SerVend's valve manufacturing division, received the Oregon Quality Award. The Rochester Institute of Technology and USA Today recognized SerVend's achievements by awarding it the Quality Cup Award in the small business category in 1999. The Manitowoc Company purchased SerVend in late 1997.
In 1990, Fischer, along with his father and brother, Mark, was named a winner of an award sponsored by Inc. magazine, Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch and Business First. As Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s regional Entrepreneurs of the Year in the manufacturing division for their work with SerVend, they were among the finalists for Inc. magazine’s U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Fischer was an investor and board member with MedVenture Technology. MedVenture, located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, is a leading engineering outsourcer and early stage manufacturer on non-invasive medical devices for companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, and Medtronic. He is an investor and past board member of Vogt Ice, a manufacturer of commercial and industrial ice machines. He also is an investor and serves on the board of Stonestreet One, a software company specializing in Bluetooth technology.
In 2000, Fischer co-founded bCatalyst, a business accelerator that evolved into a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. In early 2010, bCatalyst was acquired by Louisville-based Hilliard Lyons. Currently, Fischer serves as founder and chairman of Iceberg Ventures, a private investment firm in Louisville.
Fischer was part owner until 2011 of Dant Clayton Corporation, a sports stadium design, manufacturing, and construction company with prominent sports-related projects around United States.
Fischer held chapter offices, including chapter chair, in the Young Presidents' Organization Bluegrass chapter in 1997 and 1998. There, he led the YPO-funded construction of a Habitat for Humanity home and also created a community partnership with Louisville's Center for Interfaith Relations in 2003, resulting in bringing talent such as Robert McNamara to Louisville for community learning. In 2007, Fischer was awarded the first-ever Bluegrass YPO “Best of the Best” award for community contribution in 2007 for lifelong community service.
As past chairman of the Louisville Science Center in 2001 and 2002, Fischer helped raise over $20 million to modernize the museum and create interactive children's programs. He has also endowed scholarships at Trinity High School and the University of Louisville. Currently, Fischer serves on the U of L's Board of Overseers, as well as on the boards of Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services, Inc., the Waterfront Development Corporation, and the Metro Parks Foundation. In 2006, Fischer received the Catholic Schools Distinguished Alumni Award from the Archdiocese of Louisville.
Fischer has been a guest lecturer at MIT and the University of Louisville, and was also an executive in residence at Indiana University Southeast in 1999 and 2000. He has served as a past board member of Crane House, an Asian cultural institute in Louisville, and Greater Louisville Inc. He also coached tennis at St. Raphael Elementary School from 2002 to 2009.
Fischer founded, chaired, and raised money for Roads to You, a music program that brought 25 international youth musicians to Louisville for a week in May 2007. The program was designed to create cross-cultural dialogue in the community with a focus on youth and high school students to prepare them to be productive contributors in a global society. Fischer recruited the event's sponsors, including the Office for International Affairs, the Muhammad Ali Center, and the Center for Interfaith Relations, as well as over 100 volunteers for the week.
Fischer was one of seven candidates for the 2008 Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. He ran a five-month campaign and finished with 34 percent of the vote.
Campaign for Mayor
Fischer announced his candidacy for Mayor of Louisville Metro in July 2009. On November 4, 2009, he became the first to file his letter of intent for the primary election on May 18, 2010.
A television advertisement for Fischer released in late March 2010 cites four priorities under his would-be administration: creating jobs, investing in clean energy, making metro government more transparent and building two new bridges over the Ohio River.
Fischer won the Democratic primary on May 18, 2010 with 45 percent of the vote and went on to win the general election on November 2, 2010 with 51% percent of the vote.
Fischer was sworn in as Louisville Mayor on January 3, 2011.
On September 9, 2011 Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels ordered the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge because of a structural crack. As a result of the back flow of traffic into, and out of, Louisville, Fischer met with President Barack Obama to discuss the future of the bridge.
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|Mayor of Louisville Metro
January 3, 2011–Present