CHRIS FISHER LEAVES ABC AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE OF SERVICE
t the start of 2007, ABC of Michigan welcomed a new President & CEO, Chris Fisher. Little did they know, they would be hiring one of the greatest champions ABC has ever seen. Chris Fisher was born and raised in Michigan, graduating from Hillsdale College with dual degrees in political science and history. His career took him a few places before he began his tenure at ABC. Fisher started working for ABC National in September 2005 as a Regional Political Manager. Over the years, he developed strong relationships with ABC Michigan members and a reputation as a fighter for free enterprise. When an opening for a new President & CEO of ABC of Michigan opened up, the choice was obvious. “We knew Chris through his role at ABC National, and when looking for a new executive director and lobbyist, we thought he would be a good fit,” Dave Sheffield, ABC of Michigan Board Treasurer & Secretary said. “Chris was born and raised in Michigan. He has a passion for Michigan politics and cares deeply about the state’s success. And most importantly, he bleeds ABC. There is not a bigger supporter of free enterprise in this state.” For more than ten years Fisher has fought tirelessly for the merit shop and free enterprise. He has successfully lobbied the legislature for huge victories, raised funds through the ABC MI PAC to support pro-ABC candidates, established and supported programs to help member companies, and so much more. His victories have been monumental. While his achievements are endless, some of his greatest feats include: • Prevailing in a huge merit shop victory with the legislation making Michigan the twenty-fourth Right-to-Work state in 2012.
• W o r k i n g hand in hand with Gov. Snyder and lawmakers to pass House Bills 4465 & 4466 of 2014 to change the Michigan Merit Curriculum, encouraging student success in rewarding careers. (Photo 1 below) • Negotiating an alliance between ABC & MIOSHA, to ensure safer construction industry. Through improved communications and shared resources, the public/private partnership works to enhance safety in the industry for statewide Michigan construction workforce employed by ABC firms. (Photo 2 below) • Succeeding in a 75-year long fight to prohibit Project Labor Agreements in Michigan. The Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act (PA 98) was signed on July 19, 2011. (Photo 3 below) • Winning the highest honor from the Michigan Society of Association Executives, the Diamond Award in the public relations campaign category for their campaign by the PLA Task Force to aggressively battle union-only PLAs. (Photo 4 below) • Backing legislation that strengthened the state’s Unemployment Insurance program and updates workers’ compensation laws.