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Local Foundation Targets Quality of Life

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Quality of life is often mentioned as a top factor business and industry consider when choosing their locations.  For two years now, our next guest’s organization has been helping to fund projects and programs toward enhancing the quality of life in the Midlands of our state.

Mike Switzer interviews JoAnnTurnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation.

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.