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Tech Industry Grows in Columbia, SC

Paul Naquin
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

I don’t think anyone would argue that the workplace of tomorrow will continue to require new skills and new technologies such as artificial intelligence, intelligent automation, and machine learning in order to stay competitive.  And that’s why our next guest says his company is making a significant investment in our capitol city in these fast-growing technology areas.

Mike Switzer interviews Paul Naquin, executive vice president of operations for Capgemini North America 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.