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Nature Nurtures Leaders

Joanna Weitzel
Mike Switzer

  For the past 30 years, our next guest's organization has been working to introduce children to the ways that nature and the environment can help them become not only better stewards of the communities that they live in but those they work in as well.

Mike Switzer interviews Joanna Weitzel, executive director of Camp Discovery in Blythewood, SC.

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.