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

John Warner

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.

Dale McCants
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Nanotechnology applications for the real world continue to emerge from research being done at the University of South Carolina.  We recently came across one that began at USC’s mechanical engineering department involving a nanofluid that may bring significant reductions to commercial heating and cooling costs.

Mike Switzer interviews Dale McCants, co-founder of Ice Dragon Cooling in Columbia, SC.

While healthcare has certainly been a popular topic lately, mental healthcare sometimes takes a back seat.  But in Upstate South Carolina, a young technology company is receiving some recognition for their mental health training services and their efforts to bring assistance to those suffering from mental health disorders and stress.

Mike Switzer interviews Robyn Hussa Farrell, CEO of Sharpen, located in the GreenHouse Business Incubator at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC.

Lynn Bailey
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As most of us are aware, the nation’s healthcare insurance system is still filled with unknowns.  But the Republican-controlled Congress continues to present proposals so where are we now and what does the latest mean for South Carolina?

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

Money and Marriage

Jul 18, 2017

Summertime is primetime for weddings and our next guest says that oftentimes, the subject of money is not discussed nearly enough when planning not only the nuptials themselves, but life going forward as a married couple.

Mike Switzer interviews Bryan Ballentine, a certified financial planner in Greenville, SC.