Mr. Fischer focuses on portfolio management, asset allocation, and business strategy. Prior to forming Fischer & Company, Mr. Fischer was President of the Charter Division of Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc., a diversified financial services organization. Mr. Fischer founded Charter Financial, Inc. in 1982 and served as the CEO until it was acquired by the Wells Fargo Company in October 2000. Prior to founding Charter, Mr. Fischer founded Commercial Funding, Inc., a diversified equipment finance and merchant banking company, in 1973. Commercial Funding was acquired by the Nordic Group of Banks in 1982. In that same year, Mr. Fischer founded A.A. Fischer & Co., an investment asset management company. The company has continually invested for its own account since inception.
Mr. Fischer has served in the merchant banking and finance industry for more than 40 years. He is the past Chairman of the Board of the ELA, a financial industry association comprised of more than 800 banks and financial institutions. Mr. Fischer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and English from New York University’s College of Arts & Sciences. He is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Mr. Fischer’s philanthropic and civic activities include serving as Chairman Emeritus of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, member of the Executive Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Chairman Emeritus of Midori and Friends, member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and member of the Chairman’s Council of the American Ballet Theatre. He is the past President of the JCC of Mid-Westchester and past Chairman of the Banking Division of the UJA Federation.