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

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
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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.

Jeff Ruble
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Of the 46 counties in our state, Richland has the youngest population with a median age under 33.  And of the 3,142 counties in the United States, Richland is in the top 10% in not only that category, but also in level of education.  Our next guest says that these statistics and the fact that Columbia is becoming a pretty cool place to live, are combining to make his job a little easier.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Ruble, director of economic development for Richland County, SC.

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a national nonprofit based in NY City, partners with the Citi Foundation each year to host the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.  The $10,000 top prize this year went to an 18-year-old YesCarolina student from our state’s Lowcountry for her business plan for reusable fabric cloths that can remove makeup without the addition of water.

Mike Switzer interviews Jasmine Adams, founder of Smudgies in Charleston, SC.

Joey Von Nessen
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As is its custom near the end of each year, our state’s flagship business school hosts an economic outlook conference in an effort to enlighten us on our prospects for financial prosperity for the coming year.

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.

It may surprise you to hear this, but our next guest says that it is not uncommon for a company to not have any written documentation describing how their business actually works: who does what, what does what, what connects to what, and on and on.  That's not you, is it?

Mike Switzer interviews Kasie Whitener, president and founder of Clemson Road Consulting in Columbia, SC.

The question of whether an actively-managed portfolio can outperform an index-based or passively-managed portfolio is an age-old debate.  And while the use of passive investment strategies have grown significantly over the past 10 years, our next guest says that the death of active investment management is greatly exaggerated.

Mike Switzer interviews Robert Taylor, a chartered financial analyst with BB&T Wealth in Greenville, SC.

Each year, a national magazine based in our state, hosts a "Made in the South" awards program that recognizes artisans, inventors, and entrepreneurs from around our region.  And at the end of the year, the winners all come to our state to show off their wares and celebrate.

Mike Switzer interviews Jessica Derrick, with Garden and Gun magazine in Charleston, SC, hosts of their 2017 Jubilee, Dec. 1-3, 2017.

Our next guest has appeared on our show a few times over the last decade because he continues to make his presence known in our state's aerospace industry, well before Boeing came to South Carolina.  He has been busy buying, selling and growing companies since 1997 and his latest move is into the global air cargo industry.

Mike Switzer interviews Steve Townes, CEO and founder of Ranger Aerospace in Greenville, SC, and his newest job title: chair of the board at ACL Airshop.

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.

Hakan Ozmen
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As telecom companies continue to fight harder for more customers, they are aggressively upgrading their infrastructure.  And this is benefiting not only the cell phone users in our state but our manufacturing industry, as well.  Our next guest’s company in the Midlands of South Carolina, for example, recently inked a $300 million optical cable contract from Verizon.

Mike Switzer interviews Hakan Ozmen, president and CEO of Prysmian Group North America in Lexington, SC.

A few years ago, our next guest’s company entered the fast-growing telehealth industry.  They have now decided to add that same technology to the fast-growing senior citizen home health care market.  How are new technologies and services like these faring in the face of today’s many healthcare uncertainties?

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Cole, president of eDocHome in Greenville, SC.

Medicare Basics

Nov 15, 2017
Lynn Bailey
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Approximately 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old everyday.  Or as one of our listeners wrote us recently “65 years young”!  This listener also pointed out that an important resource for those attaining that age is the National Medicare Handbook which, while providing over 130 pages of information, isn’t easy to digest and remember all the benefits and rules.  So we’ve invited our resident healthcare expert into the studio for some help.

John Barnes
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Eventually, an owner of a small business will close the business, pass it on to an heir, or sell the business.  Our next guest says that no matter the type of transition, there are many blind spots that need to be navigated.

Mike Switzer interviews John Barnes, a certified financial planner, and president and CEO of Pendleton Street Advisors in Columbia.

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.

You would probably not be surprised to learn that most business leaders are also very active in the nonprofit community, volunteering and serving on boards.  Our next guest says that business people interacting with nonprofit leadership is obviously a good thing but their level of success is going to be determined by the quality of the relationship.

Pat Harris
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Most business owners know the importance of having a user-friendly mobile website these days.  Our next guest certainly does because his company was recently honored for designing the best mobile website in the nation by the Web Marketing Association.

Mike Switzer interviews Pat Harris, creative director for LHWH Advertising in Myrtle Beach, SC.

About 14 years ago, our next guest took her love of interior design and plunged into small business ownership by opening a contemporary Euro-style furniture store.  And she credits the European presence in the Upstate and her own heritage as contributing factors to the store’s success.

Mike Switzer interviews Ivet Ivanova, co-owner of Bogari Furniture in Greenville, SC.

Peter Pigeon
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For many years, South Carolina’s retirement system has been projected to be unable to meet the benefit payments promised to its retirees.  In April of this year, Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill designed to fix that issue. Our next guest says that the impact of this will be felt by all South Carolinians.

Mike Switzer interviews Peter Pigeon, a certified financial planner with 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.

Sean Edwards
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

More and more colleges these days are devoting significant resources to encourage student entrepreneurs.   Our next guest and his partner, for example are senior business majors scheduled to graduate in 2018, who plan to devote their careers full time to expanding their fish oil sales and distribution company, that they started while students participating in a college initiative with the country of Iceland.

Mike Switzer interviews Sean Edwards, co-owner and CEO of LYSI, US based in Conway, SC. 

When we interviewed our next guest three years ago, he had just launched an electric car ride-sharing service targeting college students.  Since then, his company has grown from four employees to over 35 and has added an office in Los Angeles.  Now he is expanding into bicycle-sharing.

Mike Switzer interviews Sean Flood, founder of the Gotcha Group and his newest venture is Gotcha Bike which recently launched Holy Spokes in Charleston, SC.

Cristina Segarra
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 For more than 20 years, our next guest has been busy turning flower petals from gardens, memorial services, weddings, and other events into jewelry.  She has grown the business from one employee into a full staff.

Mike Switzer interviews Cristina Segarra, CEO and founder of Flowers Forever and Bellabeads in Columbia, SC.