Retail | Wholesale | Food | Beverage 2023: ARTHUR ‘BO’ FISHER III
CEO, FISHER AUTO PARTS, STAUNTON
Bo Fisher spoke of “the great loss of my father, partner, boss and best friend,” when his father, Art Fisher, died in 2004.
Already serving as president of Fisher Auto Parts, the younger Fisher was unanimously elected to succeed his dad as CEO and chairman of the board. He also serves as chairman of Federated Auto Parts, which Art Fisher founded.
Blair Coiner, Fisher’s grandfather, founded the company in 1929 as a small auto-parts sales concern, and it grew under Art Fisher’s leadership, changing its name in 1983 to Fisher Auto Parts. It’s now one of the nation’s largest automotive parts retailers, with 500 locations.
A James Madison University graduate, Fisher joined the company in 1992 and created the Art Fisher Memorial Scholarship program, which assists students pursuing careers in the automotive aftermarket.
In 2022, Fisher was honored with the Mort Schwartz Excellence in Education Award by the Auto Care Association. In July, he attended the opening of the Mary Louise Fisher Breast Center at Augusta Health in Fishersville, a facility named for his mother, who died in 2018. Fisher Auto Parts donated $1 million to the center.