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The economics of professional soccer

Prior to heading up our region’s newest professional soccer club, our next guest was a nationally recognized sports marketing specialist at Anheuser Busch. Can he turn that expertise into the same kind of soccer success being enjoyed by Atlanta? And if so, how much of that economic impact will spill over into the Palmetto State?

Mike Switzer interviews Nick Kelly, president of the new Charlotte Football Club in Charlotte, NC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. 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, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.