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

Experiential graphic design may not be a term many of us are familiar with but it is increasingly becoming the preferred method for companies and organizations to connect with their customers.  Retail, entertainment, hospitality, and sports industries, in particular, are immersing their environments with rich graphics and digital technologies to educate and delight their users and visitors.  Our next guest’s Upstate company is right in the middle of this growing trend and is specifically targeting college sports.

Improving our state’s education system continues to be a priority for our business community which is why we like to check in with our next guest’s organization on a regular basis.  They are a significant public-private partnership that has been collaborating and making recommendations on this topic for the past several years.

Mike Switzer interviews Tim Arnold, president and CEO of Colonial Life in Columbia, SC and a co-chair at TransformSC.

Ehsan Jabbarazadeh and Julie Iarossi.
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed but over the past ten years, colleges and universities have become more and more involved in teaching entrepreneurship.  And our next guest says a focus on technology and innovation is the most recent trend in this area.

A regular review of your financial plan and investment portfolio is always a good idea.  This is not just to make sure you are still on track to meet your goals, but to also make sure your risks haven’t increased past your initially desired risk threshold.  And our next guest says that is especially a good idea when financial markets have been setting record highs.

Mike Switzer interviews Les Detterback, a chartered financial analyst 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 and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

While our next guest’s institution has a reputation for churning out military officers and business managers, their focus has changed significantly over the past few years to meet the workforce demands for engineers.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Welch, dean of engineering at the Citadel in Charleston, SC.

2017 was the costliest year for extreme weather and climate disasters in American history.  Which means there was a lot of money spent on home repairs, probably the highest amount going to roofs.  To our next guest, who had experience in this area serving as insurance commissioner for the states of South Carolina and Texas and running insurance companies in Louisiana and South Carolina, this presented a business opportunity.

Mike Switzer interviews Eleanor Kitzman, co-founder of MyStrongHome in Columbia, SC.

Kem Smith
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The new tax law may have many ramifications for your 2018 taxes.  So as you and/or your tax preparer are working on your 2017 tax return, our next guest says there are some things in the new law that you should be discussing now.

Mike Switzer interviews Kem Smith, a certified public accountant practicing in Blythewood, 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.

Thousands of movie lovers and film-makers from around the world will soon be hitting the shores of one of our state’s historic coastal towns for an annual event that the Southeast Tourism Society recently rated as one of their top picks.

Mike Switzer interviews Ron Tucker, executive director of the Twelfth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, which begins February 21st.

Most business owners and managers would agree that employee engagement is not only a good thing but a necessary thing toward achieving success.  Our next guest says that sometimes that can be a difficult chore, which is why his company has developed a way to use digital signage in the workplace as a possible solution.

Mike Switzer interviews Joshua Gale, director of creative services at The Office People in Charleston, SC.

If there’s one thing our state has an abundance of, it’s small rural towns and cities.  Probably the biggest challenge these communities face is: increasing, and in a lot of case, creating economic vitality.  Our next guest’s locale believes they have found a winning formula.

Mike Switzer interviews Seth Kines, director of VisitLakeCitySC at the Greater Lake City Community Development Office in Lake City, SC.

There are a lot of mixed opinions out there about the new tax law.  Some think the new law is great and will create jobs, some say it’s a huge give away to corporations.  What do financial planners think?

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 and CEO of Swampfox, an entrepreneur-centric social media company, based in Greenville, S.C.

According to most economists, the current low unemployment rate is reflective of what they refer to as “full employment”.  Can that rate go lower?  And what about the worker shortage we keep hearing about?  Will that drive up wages and as a result, also finally bring back a worrisome inflation rate?

Mike Switzer interviews Frank Hefner, director of the Office of Economic Analysis at the College of Charleston.

Gerald Seals
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Most companies will tell you that their brand, and what it stands for, is their business.  Sometimes, a brand can get stale and need rebranding.  This can apply to cities and counties, too, as you will soon hear from our next guest.

Mike Switzer interviews Gerald Seals, administrator for Richland County, SC.

Howard and Teri Gore
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Most managers will tell you how important it is to train and inspire their employees.  And those managers are usually with really big companies.  It’s not too often we hear about a small business that goes out of their way to do this.  Which is why we thought you might want to hear from our next guests who believe bringing professional learning opportunities to their staff is one of the reasons for their success.

Mike Switzer interviews Howard and Terri Gore, owners of Gore Salon in Irmo, SC.

Even in the 21st century, we continue to be made aware of the many challenges faced by women.  And our next guest says that he sees that in their financial lives as well.

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

Grady Johnson
scbiznews.com

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

Businesses, like individuals, face a myriad of risks.  Which is why businesses, like individuals, purchase insurance.  As 2018 unfolds, our next guest says that there are some significant challenges facing the business insurance industry that the business community needs to be aware of.

Mike Switzer interviews Tommy Suggs, president and CEO of Keenan Suggs/HUB Carolinas 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.

Everyone knows what an entrepreneur is, but have you ever heard of an “intrapreneur?”  According to our next guest, intrapreneurs can play a critical role in the success of medium to large companies, yet many companies are unaware that these valuable resources are actually some of their current employees.

Mike Switzer interviews Gray Somerville, co-founder & CEO of LaunchPath Innovation in Charleston, SC.

When our next guest decided to open a fine dining restaurant in downtown Greenville 21 years ago, many thought he had lost his mind.  At that time, the city was still in the planning stages of its downtown transformation and jumping on board that endeavor was certainly a risk.  But as you can guess, it paid off.  His company now owns 8 restaurants, a private catering space, a food truck and employs more than 550 people.

Mike Switzer interviews Carl Sobosinski, founder and owner of Table 301 Restaurant Group in Greenville, SC.

As the new year unfolds and you are checking your financial plan to see if you’re still on track, our next guest says that maybe a better first step is to rethink how you are measuring the return on your investments.

Mike Switzer interviews Rick Van Der Noord, a certified financial planner in Greenville, 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.

The significant presence of Germany-based industry in our state was an important factor in our next guest’s institution deciding to launch an annual conference last year to address issues facing the German-American business community.  Last year’s topic focused on workforce needs, this year it’s innovation in manufacturing.

With the attack on globalism occuring in Washington, you might think that cross-border corporate mergers would be slowing down.  But our next guest says she continues to stay very busy and, in fact, financial analysts are saying the new tax law may increase her work load significantly.

Mike Switzer interviews Melinda Davis Lux,  a mergers and acquisitions attorney for the Womble Bond Dickinson law firm in Greenville, SC.

With the new tax law canceling the requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance, it seems the most obvious affected party in the whole healthcare equation would be healthcare providers.  After all, isn’t that the first thing the hospital or doctor’s office asks you for: your insurance card?

Mike Switzer interviews Christian Soura, vice president of policy and finance at the South Carolina Hospital Association.

Our next guest says that he often senses anxiety coming from the person entering his office.  This might not be surprising if our guest were a surgeon, or a dentist.

Mike Switzer interviews Noel Swain, a certified financial planner with Provest Wealth Advisors in Spartanburg, SC. 

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.

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