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Family planning at holiday time

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio
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With the holiday season fast approaching, many families will be gathering together soon. Our next guest thinks that might be a good time to have a family discussion about aging parent care and estate planning. Mike Switzer interviews Jon Robertson, a certified financial planner with Abacus Planning Group in Columbia South Carolina.

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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.