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Global Trade Uncertainty in SC

Gerald McDermott
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Over the past decade, our state’s business community has become more and more connected to international trade.  And in our new era of trade wars and rising tariffs, how are we coping?  To help answer that question, the Folks Center for International Business at the Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia recently held a forum entitled “International Strategy in an Era of Trade Uncertainty”.

Mike Switzer interviews Gerry McDermott, a professor of international business at the Moore School who served as the forum’s moderator.

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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.