A founding partner of Fischer Cunnane, Bob Fischer helped build and shape one of the most recognized CPA firms in greater Philadelphia.
Bob’s accounting career began right after college in 1965 while serving in the Army Reserves for six years and working at a large regional Philadelphia accounting firm. Soon after, he and colleague Al Elko joined forces to create a new firm that flourished to become the regionally recognized firm Elko Fischer McCabe & Rudman with four locations. In 2000, Bob and Joseph Cunnane assumed the helm of the West Chester office and established Fischer Cunnane.
“The landscape of the industry has changed dramatically since I entered the field,” says Bob. “Technology has streamlined every aspect, enabling more timely and detailed data and analysis and efficient reporting. However, beyond technology, we need a greater focus on reducing the complexity of tax requirements and cost of doing business, particularly for small and mid-sized companies. Providing that guidance, planning and advocacy for clients is where Fischer Cunnane continues to excel.”
Bob built Fischer Cunnane to be a champion for its clients by attracting, developing and investing in the best team, while providing an inclusive culture that values work/life balance. Known for his entrepreneurial nature, he was an innovator when he introduced flextime in the early 1980s. Employees are encouraged to engage in diverse experiences and serve a varied client base to elevate the level of their advisory skills. Today, Bob’s leadership philosophy still prevails, resulting in engaged and knowledgeable employees, many who have been with the firm for decades, in some cases since college.
Bob’s advocacy for businesses extends beyond his client base. As Past Chair of the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) and the Southeastern Economic Development Company of Pennsylvania (Seedcopa), Bob has championed changes that have resulted in providing businesses in southeastern Pennsylvania with greater access to SBA loans and other sources of capital. He also helped revitalize some of Chester County’s urban communities by making financial and accounting services easily accessible through regional CCEDC satellite offices.
Bob has remained active in his community and has been involved in Rotary for 35 years, serving as a past president for the Concordville Rotary Club. He resides in Chadds Ford with his wife, Doris. Their son Rob joined Fischer Cunnane in 2007 and is a shareholder.
B.S., Economics – Muhlenberg College
Certified Public Accountant, Pennsylvania
Five Star Wealth Manager, Philadelphia Magazine (2009-2011)
Entrepreneur of the Year, Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry (2006)
Financial Services Champion of the Year, U.S. Small Business Administration (2006)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Chester County Estate Planning Council
Delaware County Estate Planning Council
Riddle Hospital Foundation, Board of Directors
Riddle Village, Treasurer
Chester County Economic Development Council, Past Chairman
Southeastern Economic Development Company of Pennsylvania (Seedcopa), Past Chairman