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Mining and Using Big Data Growing in Importance for Business Managers

Greg Pickett
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

  Today’s universities are collaborating more and more with industry to design degree programs that address specific company needs.  Last year, our next guest’s MBA program held a think tank with companies in the upstate such as Hubbell, BMW, Michelin, and others on how to enhance the skills of their current and future leaders.  What they discovered was the need to connect business management with data analytics.

Mike Switzer interviews Greg Pickett, Senior Associate Dean and Director of MBA programs at Clemson University’s campus in downtown Greenville, 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.