Mike Switzer

Host, Producer

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager.  In 2008, he and his wife, Maggie, sold a Baskin Robbins ice cream store they owned and operated for eight years on Forest Drive in Columbia. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts which they sold in 2013.

In 2009, Mike and Maggie finished construction of their new “green” home in Blythewood, SC which was awarded Gold Certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program from the US Green Building Council.  In 2011, Mike co-founded Voterheads (www.voterheads.com), a voter education/citizen participation technology company.  He currently serves on the company’s board of directors. He is also past chair of the Town of Blythewood Planning Commission and currently serves as the executive director of the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce.

Ways to Connect

Tammy Mainwarring
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

After a recent study commissioned by our next guest’s organization uncovered some serious skills gaps in our state’s information technology workforce, they decided to help employers address them with a series of upcoming workshops.

Mike Switzer interviews Tammy Mainwaring, president of IT-ology in Columbia, SC.

As you are probably starting to find out, the new tax law is affecting a lot of things.  Possibly, even affordable housing.  In fiscal year 2017, South Carolina’s Housing Tax Credit program allocated over $12 million across 20 new housing developments.  But while the tax credits are still there, our next guest says that the new lower corporate tax rate may make them less attractive.

In today’s multi-lingual world of commerce, many businesses are committing to translating their website and documents into the home languages of their customers and prospects.  But our next guest says that there is a lot more to translating than most companies realize.

Mike Switzer interviews Yuri Ivanov, CEO and owner of Ivannovation in Taylors, SC.

Joy Watkins
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

As our population continues to age, more and more people are entering the Social Security system.  But our next guest says that the big question for most people is: when is the best time to actually do so?  At age 62, 65, or later?

Mike Switzer interviews Joy Watkins, a certified financial planner with Anchor Investment Management in Columbia, SC.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

After a recent merger, our next guest now runs the third largest Coldwell Banker real estate office in the nation.  Who better to talk to, to get the pulse of the home-buying business as a new year gets underway?

Mike Switzer interviews Don Smith, CEO of Coldwell Banker Chicora Advantage in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The South is not known for being a haven for public transportation users.  But our next guest’s Lowcountry bus service is succeeding with their customers by staying on the cutting edge of transit technology.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Seekings, chair of the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority known as CARTA.

In today’s very competitive world of economic development, small and rural towns and counties often find themselves behind the eight-ball, unable to match the incentives offered by their larger counterparts to attract business investment.  But our next guest says a little imagination and creativity may be the answer.

Mike Switzer interviews C.D. Rhodes, an attorney with Pope Flynn in Columbia, SC.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from from Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce in Columbia, SC.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce in Columbia, SC.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager for Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, SC.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager for Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, SC.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Joey von Nessen, a research economist with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research .

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Joey von Nessen, a research economist with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Joey von Nessen, a research economist with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research.

Our program today features an excerpt from the University of South Carolina Moore School's recent Economic Outlook Conference.

Today's excerpt comes from Joey von Nessen, a research economist with the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, and their Division of Research.

An update of the news, events and issues that are trending right now across South Carolina's business community.

Mike Switzer interviews Licia Jackson, associate publisher of the Columbia Regional Business Report, part of the SCBizNews network which also includes Charleston Regional Business Journal, GSA Business and SCBizNews magazine.

Our next guest’s Germany-based company has been so successful with their only US manufacturing operations being located in our state, that they recently opened a brand new $30 million R&D facility and production plant.

Mike Switzer interviews Fabian Grimm, the US managing director for Mankiewicz Coatings in Charleston, SC.

Many of us around the country find ourselves on our sofas glued to the TV on Thanksgiving.  OK maybe it’s because we can’t move after stuffing on stuffing, but let’s face it, the National Dog Show is fascinating!  (You probably thought I was going to mention the parade or football.)  Our next guest is capitalizing on the need for well-behaved dogs, building a significant dog-training business not only in the Upstate where she is headquartered, but all over the country and now the globe.

For the past year, we have been receiving monthly healthcare industry updates from our next guest who says today, she would like to share with us her year-end review.

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a healthcare economist in Columbia, SC.

Most investment professionals will tell you that their clients spend too much time focusing on near term results and ignore the longer term averages.  Why is that so important and how does that relate to the risk levels currently in the stock market?

Mike Switzer interviews Joe Giltner, a chartered financial analyst with CCM Investment Advisors in Columbia, SC and a member of the SC Chapter of the CFA Society.

Gregg White
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Starting and running a small business takes a lot of work.  And in many cases, a lot of assistance.  Fortunately, there are several organizations in our state that can help a small business and our next guest runs one that also supports two more.

Each month, our next guest’s company brings in top marketers from national and international brands such as The Ritz Carlton, Southwest Airlines, and Chick-fil-A to speak to his customers in an intimate setting about the strategies they use to push their brands beyond their competition.  That intimate setting is the fast-growing phenomenon known as a co-work space.

Mike Switzer interviews Joe Erwin, president of Endeavor in Greenville, SC.

Despite the best efforts of parents and teachers, sometimes high school students need a little extra help to be best prepared to succeed in college and/or the workplace.  Oftentimes, outside organizations can provide that guidance and assistance.  Our next guest runs one of these that is part of an organization founded 45 years ago by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Mike Switzer interviews Heather Love, state director for the South Carolina chapter of the Jefferson Awards Foundation.

According to a recent national survey, 71% of Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement, 58% feel the same or less secure than last year, and 46% have less savings today than they expected they would five years ago.  Our next guest says that employers should be taking initiatives toward changing these numbers so he has some suggestions for the employers in our audience on how they can help their employees become retirement-ready.

John Warner
Concepts to Companies

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Most businesses are constantly looking for the best way to get their message out and at the most effective cost.  So we thought we’d invite an expert to share some tips.  Our next guest has earned global recognition at Cannes, The One Show, in the Communications Arts Advertising Annual, and through multiple national ADDY® Awards.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Bryson, global creative director for ZWO Branding and Marketing in Greenville, SC.

Pages