Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President John C. “Jack” Fisher was recently named Rea & Associates Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year. The following is an excerpt from a story in Smart Business Columbus about Fisher’s philosophy and leadership.
Industry understanding: How John C. Fisher maintains the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Inc.’s relevancy
Smart Business Columbus | January 2010
John C. “Jack” Fisher’s philosophy is all about understanding.
In order to continue the success and strength of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Inc., Fisher, the executive vice president, knew he had to face the agricultural challenges of today. And so, in creating a strong connection between Ohio agriculture and the everyday consumer, Fisher has strived to make the organization as relevant today as it was when it was founded 90 years ago.
The aforementioned philosophy is correlated to Fisher’s belief that a successful nonprofit business must fully understand its resources, identify its returns and define its success. He knew he needed to allow for synergy in serving consumers while maintaining a growing, viable agriculture industry in the state. And so, one of his first steps in forging that connection was shifting Ohio Farm Bureau’s vision to more of an emphasis on understanding the partnership between farmers and consumers.
That shift has played out in the organization’s day-to-day operations along with new efforts.