More than 1,300 people float in a 17th Annual Bikers for Babies Ride on Sunday from North Collier Regional Park in Naples to Six Bends Harley-Davidson in Fort Myers. Proceeds from a float advantage a Mar of Dimes.
Scott Fischer is exiting his Harley-Davidson tenure in south Fort Myers and Naples, though he’s not roving off into a sunset.
The boss of Scott Fischer Enterprises on Thursday announced a sale of Six Bends Harley-Davidson and Naples Harley-Davidson to TMCFM Inc., with a shutting scheduled for Wednesday.
TMCFM Inc. is owned by members of a Veracka family, who possess and work several other Harley dealerships.
The family’s organisation of Harley stores, famous as The Motorcycle Company, consists of dealerships in West Palm Beach; Denver; North Billerica, Massachusetts; Olathe, Kansas; and Riverside and Westminster, California.
A deputy from TMCFM could not be reached as of 4 p.m.
Financial terms of a understanding were not disclosed.
Fischer sat down Thursday during a Six Bends dealership for an disdainful talk with The News-Press.
“It’s timely,” he said. “To be during a tip of a market, to have good value. We’ve built such a good code in a Southwest Florida market.”
Scott Fischer Enterprises will continue to possess and work Top Rocker Events and Top Rocker Field, that is subsequent to a south Fort Myers dealership. He’ll keep control of 18 of a 26 acres during a site.
“We’re in a unequivocally hostile market, we’ve been a unequivocally hostile business and a event is great,” he said. “Part of my period devise isn’t to be in Harley dealerships a rest of my life.”
The 58-year-old will continue to possess and work dual Harley dealerships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and one in a Los Angeles area. Fischer called those 3 dealerships a homogeneous of half of a sum business, with 150 employees.
The Six Bends dealership, that non-stop nearby Interstate 75 and Daniels Parkway in Oct 2014, operates in a 55,000-square-foot space.
“The best thing we’ve achieved is we’ve total a informal destination,” he said.
The Naples dealership occupies 28,000 block feet on Pine Ridge Road.
The dealerships total occupy 115 people.
Fischer pennyless a news to employees during a staff assembly Thursday morning.
“There was a bit of gloomy in a audience,” he said, adding that many were surprised. “Ninety percent of a people congratulated me. It’s bittersweet.”
Scott Fischer Enterprises has prolonged focused on worker compensation and development.
“You build your code and your bequest around this product, and we unequivocally trust a event for a staff in this business is going to turn greater,” he said. “It is since of a tough work and joining of a staff that’s done it probable to build a good company.”
That fact, Fischer said, is not mislaid on a incoming owners.
“The No. 1 item they’re removing here is staff,” he said. “We have pleasing buildings, though a disproportion is a people. They know they can strike a belligerent running.”
Long, circuitous road
Fischer has worked in a motorcycle business for some-more than 40 years. The internal of Columbus, Ohio, changed to Fort Myers in 1987.
Fischer suspicion behind to his many new story in a industry, and a pivot. In 2005, he owned 4 Harley-Davidson dealerships and 5 non-Harley dealerships. In 2008, during a Great Recession, he sealed all a non-Harley dealerships to concentration exclusively on a Harley brand.
“There have been a lot of milestones,” he said. “The biggest one is commencement right now.”
Fischer has large skeleton for a acreage he controls subsequent to a Six Bends dealership as good as Top Rocker Field, that will continue to horde village events from food-truck gatherings to concerts.
A “significant research of a marketplace” suggested a need for some-more entertainment. A hotel is also in a plans.
“Entertainment is unequivocally critical with restaurants, with civic destinations,” he said. “How do we move people together? You need food, splash and entertainment. It will be an civic party end to embody restaurants and retail. Our skeleton are we’ll start a expansion in 2018.”
Fischer pronounced a motorcycle business in ubiquitous is going by changing times due to a aging of baby boomers — its primary patron base.
Harley nationally has half of a motorcycle marketplace share, though it has started to erode due to foe from makers such as Indian, Triumph and Ducati. Harley’s marketplace share in Southwest Florida is even greater, according to Fischer, interjection to longstanding free roving events and other efforts.
“I feel we total a good marketplace here,” he said.
That competition, however, isn’t Fischer’s biggest concern. Rather, it’s reckoning out how to constraint younger people in a marketplace. Two avenues are supplement preparation and a supplement academy, that introduces people to motorcycles and gets them gentle on bikes.
“The plea is, ‘How do we continue to grow new customers?’ ” he said.
Fischer is active in a community, sitting on a play for Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Blessings in a Backpack, Cypress Lake Country Club and Tamiami Angel Fund.
“I resolutely trust and wish to lead,” he said. “What we unequivocally trust in doing is assisting nonprofits.”
Fischer wants to assistance with strategic, operational and business planning. He’s also meddlesome in a budding universe of startups, incubators and accelerators in a area.
“There’s an captivate for a preparation and expansion of that zone that we haven’t had,” he said. “If we write a check, we wish to account destiny capacity.”
For example, rather than simply essay a check to a United Way, he saved a expansion of a website for a internal section of a organization, that helps it attract some-more donations.
Sarah Owen, boss and CEO of a Southwest Florida Community Foundation, called Fischer a idealist who is fun and energizing to work with, a male who built a Six Bends dealership with a village in mind.
“I consider people would be dismayed to see how many village events he has hosted, how many meetings he has had, how mostly he has partnered with village organizations,” she said.
Owen called a sale “the best news we could ever get” since it will concede Fischer to concentration even some-more on village causes.
“He’s going to continue to prophesy mercantile projects for a community,” she said. “He’s a humanitarian looking for ways to make organizations stronger. He supports causes with his time, his mind and his money.”