Marsha Fisher is making waves and making a difference.
The general manager of Marine Sales Group in Pickwick was recently named one of the 25 Women Making Waves by Boating Industry Magazine, recognizing women in the industry who are making in impact both in their business and their communities.
The Pickwick native’s love for her hometown comes through in her commitment to its success in her roles as an entrepreneur, community supporter and mother raising children in the place she’s always called home.
“Part of what I think draws people here, there’s the water, but there’s a Southern hospitality that happens here that makes it unique,” she said.
The marine industry was Fisher’s first love, but its far from her only passion these days. She began in the industry straight out of high school when she was looking for a career that would allow her to state close the hometown she loves. She’s also been involved with the landmark Freddy T’s restaurant since it opened in 1998 and today is its sole owner. She and her husband, Chad, also now own T’s Shake Shack where they’ve dished out delectable treats including unique shakes and snow cones since May of 2019.
Fisher is also a member of the Hardin County Tourism Board and a longtime member of the Darryl Worley Foundation’s board of directors. Through her community efforts she’s helped raise funds for numerous organizations helping those in need.
She said giving back to her community is important because she knows there are people who are genuinely struggling and in need of help and she wants to be part of the solution.
She also believes when anyone succeeds, everyone wins. She said she’s often asked about new restaurants or other businesses and if she’s concerned about new competition, but she said it’s vital to avoid that way of thinking.
“We all have to share the same pie. The more that we have to offer people in Pickwick, the more people are going to come to us. I want to help any business. I don’t consider them competition and I think that’s one of the things that can ruin places is viewing it as a competition,” she said.
The busy businesswoman and mom said she encourages her children and stepchildren to find a career they’re passionate about. Her son, Cameron, is a 19-year-old student at the University of Chatanooga studying business. Her stepdaughter, Jacy Fisher, is at the University of Tennessee Knoxville working toward a law degree and her other stepdaughter, Melana McMahan works as a radiologist at the hospital in Savannah. She said she’s learned valuable lessons from all of them and hopes they’ve learned from her example as well.
“My family keeps me focused and keeps me motivated. You always want them to have what you didn’t have,” she said.
Fisher said while many people have hobbies outside of work, such as her husband’s love of hunting, she finds her greatest joy in her career.
“My hobby, I guess, is my work,” she said.
She said one of the greatest lessons she’s learned in her life and career is to find the right mentors. She’s been blessed to work with numerous people who have been willing to share their own experiences and lessons. She said it’s often best to stay quiet early on and absorb what’s going on around you, learning from what you’re seeing and taking those lessons to heart as you grow in your life and career.
She believes Pickwick’s best days are still ahead and she’s excited to be a part of its growth. She’s also extremely grateful for the recent award.
“I’m very excited. It’s very humbling,” she said.