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Upstate entrepreneur stays on the move

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio
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Several years ago our next guest opened his own real estate appraisal company. Then the challenges resulting from the pandemic brought him to create a mobile app for appraisers and homeowners. Prior to the pandemic he was also co-owner of a restaurant and that experience led him to launch a new restaurant concept. He holds a Master of Science of Real Estate and Infrastructure from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing his master’s degree from The Culinary Institute of America. Mike Switzer interviews Paul Ryll, owner of Oscar Mike Appraisal Group and Parsley & Mint restaurant in Greenville, SC.

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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.