Mark Fisher, owner of Merchant's Fabrication in Auburn, a metal manufacturing facility, is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor in 2014.
He was born in 1958 and grew up in Westfield, where he played Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in the summer and Suburban League basketball in winter, then going on to play Varsity Basketball and Baseball. He graduated from Westfield High in 1976 and took a job as a Union member at Old Colony Envelope Company where he learned the value of earning a buck.
He financed his education with his salary from Old Colony and graduated from Hartford State Technical College (now Capital Community College) in 1979 with an A.S. degree in nuclear engineering technology. After a year working at a nuclear power plant in Virginia, he returned to Massachusetts and graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1983 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He spent the next 5 years at Raytheon, then began attending evening graduate classes at WPI, earning an M.S. in manufacturing and an M.B.A.
Like many other Americans, Mark was unemployed several times in the past 20 years. He recalls that his children made more money from a lemonade stand than he did during a nine month period of unemployment. He vowed that he would keep a supply of dollar bills on hand ready to give to people less fortunate, and he has kept that promise.