In 1979, Hank and Nancy Fisher established Hank Fisher Properties as a top residential property development and management company in Sacramento. To this day, Hank Fisher Properties is a family business — a personal legacy of the Fisher family deeply rooted in family values, hard work and dedication to quality.
Henry (Hank) Fisher was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1932, and was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. His engineering studies at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, were interrupted by service in the Army during the Korean War. Upon completion of his tour of duty, he moved to California where his parents had relocated.
Hank completed his studies at San Jose State University, where he was president of his senior class and a member of the Blue Key Honorary Society. Not long after graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, he met his future wife, Nancy.
A native Californian, Nancy was born in San Francisco and raised in Santa Cruz. She received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Oregon and after graduating from college, she and Hank were married.
Hank quickly landed his first job at the San Francisco office of Price Waterhouse accounting firm, and Nancy became a manager for Joseph Magnin, a high-end specialty fashion store headquartered in San Francisco. In 1960, Hank was tagged to be one of four of the Price Waterhouse team to open and manage a new office in Sacramento. The Fishers seized the opportunity and made the move to the state capitol.
Hank’s career continued to blossom when one of his largest clients, Aerojet, convinced him to join them as controller. In 1966, eager to expand his area of expertise, Hank partnered with Bob Powell, a major residential builder in the Sacramento area. Bob served as principal designer/builder and Hank oversaw the business management. Over the next ten years, the Powell-Fisher partnership built almost 7,000 apartment units and 1,000 homes in the Sacramento area.
In the 1970s, Hank obtained a brokerage license and sold million-dollar apartment buildings with Coldwell Banker. He also partnered with two Northern California developers, Ray Stone and Ned Ryder from Walnut Creek, concentrating on land purchases, project design and financing.
Meanwhile, Nancy focused on raising their daughter, Wendy, and became deeply involved in Sacramento civic and community activities.
In the late 1970s, the Fishers saw a need for quality senior housing in the area and together built one of the area’s first senior living communities. While they later sold that property, they continued to build, purchase and renovate numerous senior living communities, developing a signature style for elegant décor and top-quality services. As the company grew, Nancy became more involved in the interior design of each community including color scheme, furnishing décor and landscaping.
Immediately, Hank and Nancy established deep community roots in Sacramento. Hank was a 35-year member of the local Rotary; trustee of the Sacramento Symphony Foundation; 1995 president of the Sutter Club; California State Treasurer of the Junior Chamber of Commerce; faculty member at American River College; board member, membership director and treasurer of the Del Paso Country Club; and member of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
In addition, Hank helped shape the city with his service on Sacramento’s Building Industry Association, Redevelopment Commission and Community Convention Authority. He was a president of the Sacramento-Davis Apartment Associations and regional vice president of the California Apartment Association.
In 2000, Hank was named a member of the Executive Committee on the UC Davis Medical Center’s Leadership Council. As chair of the medical school’s scholarship program, Hank increased activities and greatly enlarged its grant-giving capabilities.
Nancy’s community involvement has included memberships on the Salvation Army’s Sacramento Metro Advisory Board, Leadership Council for UC Davis, Los Amigos of the Sacramento Children’s Home, Junior League, and Sacramento Pioneer Association.
After an extended battle with cancer, Hank passed away in 2006, leaving a legacy of quality senior living in the Sacramento region. Since then, Nancy has served as president and CEO of Hank Fisher Properties, where she continues the Fisher commitment to family values and quality to this day.