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Upstate Company Wins Medical Equipment Award

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Millions of people across the world suffer from complications that arise due to urinary or gastrointestinal tracts issues.  The resulting operation is that an artificial, external pouch must be attached to the body.  But additional complications can arise from the required manual emptying, cleaning and maintenance.  Our next guest’s company came up with a solution for that issue which won them the Innovision Small Enterprise Award for 2019.

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Johnson, CEO of Stomagienics, Inc. in Greenville, 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.