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Celebrating 100 Years of German-American Relationships

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In case you weren’t aware, 100 years ago this year, the United States military established its first presence in Germany. That was, of course, as a result of World War I.  Then World War II came along and we have never left.  But since then, our two countries and our state have developed strong economic ties.  And to celebrate this fruitful relationship, a traveling exhibit will soon be appearing in Columbia.

Mike Switzer interviews Dickson Monk, executive director of the Columbia World Affairs Council.

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.