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How Well Do Your CEO and Board Chair Work Together?

Monroe Free
Mike Switzer

  Our next guest believes that the strength of the relationship between the board chair and the CEO may be one of the strongest determinants of an organization’s success.  And that could be why the SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations - SCANPO recognized his nonprofit with the 2015 award for excellence in management and governance.

Mike Switzer interviews Monroe Free, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County.

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.