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Greg Fischer

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Greg Fischer is a successful small businessman who was born and raised in Louisville.

After graduating from Trinity High School, Fischer went on to attend Vanderbilt University. According to the bio posted on his official Web site, Fischer co-invented the SerVend automated ice/beverage dispenser – a dispenser that can commonly be found in convenience stores and restaurants across the globe. His invention launched SerVend International, a family business with 300 employees.

According to his Web site, Fischer has "launched, built or invested in more than 15 area firms while creating over 1,000 jobs for the local economy." He was named one of the 1990s Entrepreneurs of the Year by Inc. Magazine.

Since then, Fischer has been involved supporting several local institutions, including the Louisville Science Center, Trinity High School, the University of Louisville, Jewish Hospital HealthCare, Jefferson County Schools and the Waterfront Development Corporation.

As Fischer explained to Fox 41's Bennett Haeberle, a large part of his administration would be job creation -- with an emphasis on merging so-called blue-collar jobs with green initiatives.

"You want to always be planning for the jobs of the future – where they're going to be," he said. "So probably today we can say those are green collar jobs."

In an interview with Leo Magazine, Fischer explained how politics can be different from the business world.

"It's a very intimate experience – campaigning," he told LEO. "It's not like going to a cocktail party where people are talking on a real superficial level. People come up and bare their souls, their hopes and their problems to you. My view on government is when it's applied properly, it's a great leverage point for helping as many people as possible."

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