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Parking Problems Spur New Tech Business

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Parking in big cities, even those the size of Charleston or Columbia, can be challenging at times.  Our next guest’s company saw that challenge as a business opportunity and has developed a solution that connects drivers with underutilized parking spaces.

Mike Switzer interviews Rocky Vitali, co-founder and chief operating officer of HAH Parking in Charleston, 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.