President Donald Trump nominated The Suburban Collection CEO David Fischer to be the U.S. ambassador in Morocco.
Fischer, 71, joined his family's dealership business as a service adviser in 1968 before taking over the business in 1978. He has since grown the dealership group to the 15th largest in the U.S., with 35,578 in new vehicle sales in 2016, according to the Automotive News list of the top 150 U.S. dealership groups. The Troy, Mich.-based group says it now operates 52 dealerships with 36 franchises. It reported almost $2.4 billion in revenue in 2016, according to the Automotive News list.
Fischer was unable to comment at this stage of the appointment process. Fischer was a major donor to the Trump administration, donating $250,000 to the president's inauguration committee.
He's also one of the most active philanthropic donors in the Detroit area. His dealership group works with about 80 different charities, including the American Cancer Society, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and "Go Red for Women" through the American Heart Association. Fischer led a significant fundraising portion, $55 million, of the $145 million renovation of the Argonaut Building in Detroit's Midtown for the College for Creative Studies and has donated millions to the Detroit Institute of Arts among dozens of other organizations.
He has been a board member of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission in Detroit since 2012.
Morocco, a nation in Northern Africa with a population of about 36 million, represents a small portion of U.S. trade, approximately $1.9 billion in 2016, but is an important ally in Africa. The two countries have a bilateral free trade agreement and Morocco is a source of minerals for the U.S., such as salt and sulfur.
Fischer will serve as the administration's liaison on the nation following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.