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SC Kids Sailing Into Math and Science

Wayne Burdick
Mike Switzer

  Our next two guests have been working to introduce children to the real world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (known as STEM) and they're doing it through the sailing industry. In fact, they recently took a group of kids from Marion, SC on a field trip to Charleston to sail with the nationally recognized College of Charleston sailing team. 

Mike Switzer interviews Wayne Burdick, president of Beneteau'sNorth American Boat Operations in Marion, SC and Windy Key, training communications administrator for US Sailing in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

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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.