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German American Business Relations Grows in S.C.

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Each year, our next guest’s school hosts a German American business summit to facilitate the growth of our state’s relationship with one of our most significant trading partners.  This year’s event is February 5th.

Mike Switzer interviews Alan Shao, dean of the School of Business at the College of Charleston, a well as their vice president of corporate affairs.

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.