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

Stacie Darr
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If you’ve ever been to the area of our state around the intersection of I-95 and I-26, you know that there’s not much there.  My car once broke down at that very intersection and it was hours before I could find anyone to come to my rescue.  But our next guest is trying to change all that by bringing a massive event venue to life in that neck of the woods later this summer.

Mike Switzer interviews Stacie Darr White, president and general manager of Yonderfield in Bowman, SC.

When most of us think of a band conductor, visions of a football field can certainly come to mind.  But it’s a demanding career.  Which may be why, over the past 90 years, only nine people in our state have been inducted into the American Bandmasters Association -- and our next guest is the latest to have received this prestigious honor.

Garet Strange
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Most financial planners are fee-based, that is they charge a fee for their services and no sales charges for the investment products themselves.  Our next guest says this industry business model is causing a large segment of the population to be unable to afford competent financial advice.

Mike Switzer interviews Garet Strange, is vice president of operations for Hobbs Group Advisors 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 of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

From Dustin Johnson to Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, there are many golfers from South Carolina making a name for themselves on the PGA tour.  After a successful career as Tour Manager for Hootie and the Blowfish, our next guest was introduced to professional golf when he took over the reins as the Tournament Director for the band’s Monday after the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament.  Now he represents professional golfers, negotiating everything from television contracts to endorsement agreements.

You can probably guess that hospitals, even nonprofit ones, are very competitive…always touting their expertise in this area or that.  But our next guest says that over 100 children’s hospitals have decided to put aside competition in favor of patient safety.

With so many large, international, industrial facilities now in South Carolina, our economy is becoming increasingly sensitive to global issues.  For example, how will Brexit affect our trade relationships with European Union countries?

Mike Switzer interviews Mark Witte, director of the MBA program at the College of Charleston’s School of Business.

Most of us live our lives, trying to incorporate our core life values into the everyday decisions we make, and most of us are pretty successful at this. Then, suddenly, you have a source of new wealth - it could be from an inheritance, a sale of a business or real estate, maybe the lottery -  and you’re in a quandary about the right way to invest it.  Our next guest says that this is a good time to see if that newfound money can be put to work into investments that do indeed reflect your core values.

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.

The last time we interviewed our next guest, we talked to him about the challenges and successes of running a large vegetable canning operation in our state.  Now they are jumping on the innovation bandwagon with the first-ever, see-through can, which allows shoppers to see exactly what’s inside.

Mike Switzer interviews Woody Swink, co-owner of McCall Farms in Effingham, SC.

Dawn Dawson-House
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81 years ago, a travel guide was published for African-Americans listing safe harbors and welcoming establishments across the United States.  It was known as The Green Book.  Now it has been published again, but this time for travelers in our state as the first mobile web travel guide to African American cultural sites across South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews Dawn Dawson-House, a member of the SC African American Heritage Commission, creators of The Green Book of SC.

If you didn’t already know, you are certainly not going to be surprised to find out that boat-sharing is becoming almost as popular as car-sharing.  You know, calling up a boat with your mobile app like you would use Uber or Lyft for a car.  And where better to launch such a service in our state other than Charleston?  That’s just what our next guest has done.

Mike Switzer interviews David Yates, founder of HOBA, Hop on a Boat Anywhere.

In his quarterly Economic Situation Report, our next guest posits that our current economic quagmire (as measured by recent sluggish GDP numbers), is due to "regime uncertainty, or maybe we should call it Tweet Uncertainty".

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Dean Emeritus at the College of Business & Behavioral Science and Alumni Professor of Economics Emeritus, both at Clemson University.  He is also the Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. 

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

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Cooper, founder and editor of three online business news websites in South Carolina: MidlandsBiz, UpstateBizSC, and LowCountryBizSC.

Pivoting to Success

Jun 23, 2017
Colin Griffin
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We’ve talked before on this show about the Lean Start-Up model for entrepreneurs and how it is keeping many of them in business by spending their time to learn about their potential customers, iterating products and services to meet those needs, re-iterating, pivoting, all the while continuing to move forward and build a company.  Our next guest has been going through this and now feels he is finally close to a sustainable business plan.

Mike Switzer interviews Colin Griffin, is co-founder and chief engineer for Krumware based in Columbia, SC.

Charles Refshauge
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The Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently named our next guest’s company their “Small Business of the Year”, recognizing their work in digital marketing.  So, we thought we’d invite him to our studio today to check in on the latest trends in web site design, social media, and all things Internet.

Mike Switzer interviews Charles Refshauge, co-founder of A-Line Interactive in Spartanburg.

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It's that time of year again, when makers from around the south are being asked to compete for recognition and big prize money during the eighth annual Made in the South Awards.

Mike Switzer interviews Phillip Rhodes, executive managing editor for Garden and Gun magazine, the host for this annual awards program.

You might have heard our recent discussions with local experts about the economy.  They feel pretty good about continued growth even though we are now in the third longest recovery in our history.  Does this mean that investors should feel good, too?

Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in Charleston, 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 of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

So much of our business communications these days occurs online.  Rarely do we send them out anymore via paper and ink.  Our next guest says this can cause new challenges.

Mike Switzer interviews Peter Ingle, founder of Strategic Business Writers in Charleston, SC.​

Cindi Boiter
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In its 7th year of publication, our next guest's magazine has been providing coverage of the greater Columbia, SC arts community, collaborating with both the business and artistic communities to encourage and foster growth for both.

Mike Switzer interviews Cindy Boiter, publisher of Jasper Magazine in Columbia, SC.

Lynn Bailey
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As if we need any more stress on our healthcare system, our next guest says there's one issue not getting much attention: our aging population combined with our aging nursing home infrastructure is creating a huge problem for long term care.

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

Jon Robertson
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How many times have you opened one of your file drawers and wondered "how long do I need to keep this stuff?"  Our next guest says that while you're spring cleaning your house, you might as well tackle your office, too.

Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia, South Carolina.

You might have heard our recent discussions with local experts about the economy.  They feel pretty good about continued growth even though we are now in the third longest recovery in our history.  Does this mean that investors should feel good, too?

Mike Switzer interviews Wes Johnson, a certified financial planner with ACT Advisors in Charleston, 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 of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Ron Reece
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Many family businesses are run by sibling partnerships.  When brothers and sisters are being asked to work side by side, their success may require special attention.  Our next guest says that just because they grew up together does not mean they can run a business together, and therefore could be dangerous to both the business and the family.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Reece, a family business consultant in Greenville, SC.

Frank Cason
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The last time we interviewed our next guest, he was so excited about the prospects for commercial real estate in the Midlands of our state that he launched his own development company.  It’s two years later now, is he still excited?

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Cason, founder of Cason Development Group in Columbia, SC.

While many of us believe that we should be treating the planet well and trying to minimize our human impact on our natural resources, our next guest in fact, believes that "During the next 50 years, the greatest wealth creation on earth will be driven by leaders who develop solutions for humanity and/or the planet".  And he’s concentrating those efforts right now in Charleston where his organization is working to motivate others to make a difference while they’re making a profit.

A few years ago, a study was released showing that millennials are better educated than their parents but not necessarily so with regard to their financial affairs.  In fact, our next guest is going to share some statistics that may shock you!

Mike Switzer interviews Hunter Walpole an investment advisor with Morris Financial Concepts in Mt. Pleasant, 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 of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

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