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Midlands School Opens Innovation Center

Chris Angel
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio
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Our state’s public and private schools continue to recognize the business community’s need for more student interest in science and technology.  Another example we just learned about is a brand new, 30,000 square-foot innovation center at a private school in the Midlands.

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Angel, headmaster at Hammond School in Columbia, 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.